No comment about Friday's game. I didn't see a second of it as I had dinner with a dear friend of mine. And I'm so glad I did.
Tim Wakefield pitched what could be his final rehab start with Pawtucket, allowing just two hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings against Rochester. He could be activated over the weekend, and pitch either next Wednesday or Thursday against Chicago.
The Sox have badly missed Wake, as well as Daisuke Matsuzaka. I think it's time to admit Brad Penny is as big a failure as John Smoltz was. Time to forget about bringing in reclamation projects and spending the money toward better use. The back end of the rotation has really cost the Red Sox dearly.
Jacoby Ellsbury tied Tommy Harper's 1973 team stolen base record with 54, as he swiped one in the first inning.
Another positive is that Tampa Bay beat Texas tonight, so the Red Sox lose no ground in the Wild Card race, which is looking more and more important all the time. They still hold a one-game lead.