Tim Wakefield threw 77 pitches in five simulated innings yesterday and believes he'll be ready to pitch Game 4 of the ALCS next Tuesaday in Cleveland.
Pitching coach John Farrell: "He went through these five innings with no problems getting loose between innings; that's always the key when you're getting up and down multiple times."
The Courant speculates that if Wakefield cannot pitch, Josh Beckett might get the ball on three days rest. If so, and because of an extra day between Games 4 and 5, Beckett could also return for a possible Game 7 on regular rest. (Jon Lester is also a possibility as a Wakefield sub.)