Wakefield will be examined today and given a cortisone shot. The stiffness is similar to what he experienced late last season. ... Michael Bowden is scheduled to start for the PawSox today, so it looks like either Devern Hansack or Charlie Zink will get the ball on Tuesday night.
With Wakefield out and Bartolo Colon not due back until September, the Red Sox will likely have to stay with a struggling Clay Buchholz in the rotation and ride out his on-the-job training. Mike Lowell on Buchholz:
I think his pace of game has to improve. I don't know if he's thinking too much. I'd kind of prefer him to just go out there and fire because he's got good stuff. ... It's that consistency thing. It's everyone. It's the pitcher, it's us as hitters. I think that's what we look ... It sounds so simple, but it's not that easy.Colon pitched three innings (34 pitches, 27 strikes) for Pawtucket yesterday, allowing three hits and no runs. After the game, he left the team to be with his ailing father in the Dominican Republic.
Dustin Pedroia's road hitting streak is at 29 games. The Herald reports that "according to the best research currently available", the club record is Tris Speaker's 32-gamer from June 17 to August 11, 1912.
NY Post: "That tick ... tick ... tick ... you hear is the countdown to a Yankee-less October."
That's very nice, but it would behoove the Red Sox (4.5 GB East, 1.5 GA WC) to get their collective ass in gear.