Clay Buchholz was placed on the 15-day DL before Sunday's game with a stiff back. It was necessary due to Buchholz having left the last few games early, and with Andrew Miller being brought up on Monday to me=ake the start versus the Padres at Fenway.
After that it was all good news.
The Bruins made an appearance at Fenway with the Stanley Cup, as they paraded on the duckboats around the park. They placed the Cup on the pitchers mound, and all the Bruins players, all wearing Red Sox hats, threw out the first pitch to all the Red Sox players wearing Bruins hats. It was really a very cool moment.
Tim Wakefield took the mound after the Bruins left with the Stanley Cup, and the Sox exploded for six runs in the first, which included a three-run blast by Kevin Youkilis. Marco Scutaro added a two-run home run later in the game, Dustin Pedroia a solo shot and even Adrian Gonzalez hit a triple (a rare event) into the Triangle.
Wake was in command the entire game, and allowed just a two-run cheapie home run down the right field line by Nyjer Morgan. He pitched eight innings as the Sox coasted to a 12-3 win.
Timmeh got his career 197th win, and his 183rd as a Red Sox player. He now needs 10 wins to reach the all-time Red Sox record.