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Tim Wakefield Placed on 15-Day DL

There’s got to be a reason Tim Wakefield didn’t play in the All-Star Game. Fans complained and didn’t buy Joe Maddon’s excuse that he was saving Wakefield for extra innings. Maybe Maddon intended that…but maybe there was another hidden reason. Was he injured?

The Red Sox played Wakefield on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a lower back strain. Sox manager Terry Francona said the knuckleballer suffered the injury during a side session after the All-Star Game last Saturday. Either way, Wakefield is out, and in his place will be Clay Buchholz.

Buchholz had a strong start in his first outing of the year last Friday against the Blue Jays. He allowed just one run over 5.2 innings to earn the win.

The Red Sox have too much pitching? I say you can’t have enough!

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