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Wakefield to return when Red Sox face Orioles

Sep 6, 2007 - 3:13 PM Boston (84-56) at Baltimore (60-78) 7:05 pm EDT

BALTIMORE (Ticker) - Tim Wakefield will try to move back among the American League leaders in wins when he makes his return to the rotation in Thursday's series opener between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

Wakefield (16-10, 4.16 ERA) was the hottest pitcher in the American League through much of August before a back injury caused him to be scratched from a start over the weekend. The veteran knuckleballer's absence in the rotation set the stage for rookie Clay Buchholz's no-hitter on Saturday, as the team was forced to juggle the pitching staff.

The 41-year-old has earned wins in each of his last three starts, not allowing a run in two outings against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and one at Chicago. Wakefield, who has earned a decision in each of his 26 outings, carries a 22-inning scoreless streak into Thursday's contest.

He earned a win in his lone start this season against Baltimore, allowing three runs and six hits in seven innings on August 2. Wakefield owns a 14-13 career mark with a 4.06 ERA in 43 games - 30 starts - against the Orioles.

The Orioles will counter with rookie Garrett Olsen (1-3, 7.22). The 23-year-old lefthander has dropped his last three decisions, including two against the Red Sox. He was on the losing end of Buchholz's no-hitter last Saturday, allowing four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Boston lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4, on Wednesday to snap a four-game winning streak that began when they took the final two games against the Orioles at Fenway Park over the weekend.

Baltimore was tagged for 22 hits in a 17-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday. Orioles' pitching has surrendered 149 runs in their last 15 games, an average of 9.93 per contest.

Boston leads the season series, 9-5.








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    BOSTON 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 7 10 0
    BALTIMORE 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 10 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BOS - TIM WAKEFIELD, KYLE SNYDER (4TH), CLAY BUCHHOLZ (6TH),
    JONATHAN PAPELBON (9TH) AND DOUG MIRABELLI, KEVIN CASH (3RD),
    JASON VARITEK (9TH)
    BAL - GARRETT OLSON,

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON VARITEK SCORED COCO CRISP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J VARITEK ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 7
    BALTIMORE 6 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: J LUGO (.240, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID ORTIZ (27) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF ROCKY CHERRY.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 6, BALTIMORE 6
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.328, 0-FOR-2)

    Red Sox vs. OriolesSep 6 8:42 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M TEJADA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 5
    BALTIMORE 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.263, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Red Sox vs. OriolesSep 6 8:32 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED TIKE REDMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 5
    BALTIMORE 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M TEJADA (.308, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Red Sox vs. OriolesSep 6 8:31 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY COCO CRISP (6) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF GARRETT OLSON SCORED KEVIN YOUKILIS AND J.D. DREW.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 5, BALTIMORE 4
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: K CASH (.118, 0 HR, 1 RBI)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M MORA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    BALTIMORE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: R HERNANDEZ (.244, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY KEVIN MILLAR (15) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF TIM WAKEFIELD SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2, BALTIMORE 3
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.273, 0-FOR-0, BB)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY DAVID ORTIZ SCORED ROYCE CLAYTON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J LUGO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 2
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: M LOWELL (.329, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JULIO LUGO SCORED COCO CRISP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J LUGO ON FIRST, D MIRABELLI ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 1
    BALTIMORE 1 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BOSTON: D PEDROIA (.328, 0-FOR-1)

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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED TIKE REDMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M TEJADA ON FIRST, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BOSTON 0
    BALTIMORE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: K MILLAR (.262, 14 HR, 57 RBI)

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