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If Tim Wakefield’s career against the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays was extrapolated over a full major league season, he’d probably win a Cy Young award. After a win Saturday night against Tampa, Wake improved to 20-5 overall and 10-3 at Tropicana Field in his career. You know you’re good against a certain team when you can earn a win despite allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks in just five innings of work.
“The offense won the game,” Wakefield said. “I was lucky enough to get through five, and the bullpen really picked me up.”
Well said, Wake. Mike Lowell homered and Kevin Youkilis (1-3) and Nick Green (3-5) each had three RBIs as the Red Sox banged out 10 runs on 13 hits to win 10-6. During the previous two games, the Red Sox only managed two runs on 10 hits, so it was good to see the offense wake up.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B: He finished 2-3 with one RBI, two runs scored, and three walks. In a game with a lot of offensive stars, Pedroia shined brightest mainly because he reached base a total of five times.
David Ortiz, DH: Everyone keeps saying “When Papi wakes up…” but I have to admit I’m not sure how much he’s going to recover. Once he fixes his mechanics, he may be OK, but the days of .300 avg, 30 HR, and 100 RBI may be a thing of the past. Papi finished 0-2 with two walks, and reportedly is on his way to my house to kick my ass for calling him out.
W: Tim Wakefield (3-1)
L: Jeff Niemann (2-3)