Wakefield to be skipped against Texas

August, 30, 2011
8/30/11
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BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield's bid for his 200th win, at least as a starter, has been placed on hold as the Red Sox will skip his upcoming turn against the Texas Rangers. Wakefield will not start again until next week in Toronto, manager Terry Francona said.

Wakefield has gone six straight starts since his 199th win without a victory. Only Steve Carlton (seven starts) went longer between wins No. 199 and 200.

Wakefield gave up eight runs (four earned) in just four innings in his last start, a 15-5 loss to the Oakland Athletics in Fenway Park last Friday.

Wakefield still could get a chance at No. 200 as a reliever between now and his start in Toronto; Francona said the 45-year-old knuckleballer will be available out of the bullpen.

The Sox plan to start Andrew Miller, Erik Bedard and John Lackey against the Rangers.

"I know what's on the line personally [for Wakefield],'' Francona said. "I'm very aware of that. But my first responsibility is to the team.''

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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