No opposing pitcher has collected more victories at Tropicana Field than Tim Wakefield.
The knuckleballer is 8-0 with a 2.33 ERA in 18 games (12 starts); Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte and Roy Halladay all have seven wins in Tampa. Wakefield is also tops overall, with a 17-2 record (Mussina is 16-7).
Wakefield (12-9) has also received a decision in each of his 21 starts this season, tying the Red Sox record first set by Tom Brewer in 1957. Wakefield is the sixth pitcher since 1980 to earn a decision in his first 21 starts. (Jack McDowell had 27 straight decisions (and was 22-10 in 34 starts) for the 1993 White Sox.)
The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight games and are now 23 games over .500 (63-40) for the first time this season. Their lead in the AL East is back up to eight games.