Willie Who?

Tim Wakefield gave his all on a short grounder by Carl Crawford, valiantly diving for it and tossing to first, not in time to get the speedy Crawford.

You have to wonder if that played a role in what happened next.

Crawford stole second, and then the immortal Willie Aybar absolutely DESTROYED one, clear over the Monster, probably slamming down on top of our live truck on Landsdowne Street.

Dioner Navarro knocked a single off the Monster (another smoked ball) and that’s it for Wakefield.

Masterson is coming in.

Looks like Wakefield’s 2008 against Tampa (0-2, 5.87) is a lot closer to reality than his career record against the Rays (19-5, 3.32). His final line: 2.2 IP, 5 ER, 3 HR and a lot of hard hit balls. It’s the shortest start for a Red Sox starter since Bronson Arroyo lasted 2 innings in Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.

Have to wonder if this is the last time we’ll see Wake in a Sox uniform. OT contributor Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe disagrees with me, saying for $4 million, the 10 wins he might give the team is worth it. I’m not so sure. Can his body take the pounding of another full season?

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