Wakefield to make Fenway debut

Wakefield set to make '06 Fenway debut

The Red Sox will try to break out their bats on Saturday afternoon when they meet the Mariners in the second game of a three-game series. Though Boston did win Friday's opener, it was by the slimmest of margins (2-1).

With star slugger Manny Ramirez still looking for his stroke, the Red Sox haven't quite found their swagger from an offensive standpoint. But they are finding plenty of other ways to get it done.

"There's a lot of really cool things happening right now," said Red Sox ace Curt Schilling.

The defense, especially in the infield, has been close to flawless. At the end of games, Jonathan Papelbon (5-for-5 in save opportunities, 0.00 ERA) has been untouchable.

In Saturday's contest, the Red Sox will try to get a second consecutive strong outing from veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-1, 6.52 ERA)
Wakefield bounced back from a rough first outing, producing a victory over the Orioles in his second start. In that one, Wakefield pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run. This is Wakefield's first start of the year at home, where he went 10-4 last year with a 4.08 ERA in 16 starts. In his career at Fenway, Wakefield is 64-56 with a 4.35 ERA. Against the Mariners, Wakefield is 3-7 with a 4.57 ERA in 22 career outings.

SEA: RHP Joel Pineiro (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Pineiro was the losing pitcher Sunday against Oakland, allowing six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in seven innings. He was done in by a three-run fifth and a two-run seventh, in which he allowed a two-run homer to Eric Chavez. Pineiro is 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight career games against Boston. He allowed 12 earned runs and 18 hits and was 0-1 in two appearances last season against the Red Sox.

Player to watch
Ramirez is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the season.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WEEI 850 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 1-1, 6.00 ERA), 2:05 p.m. ET
• Monday: Red Sox (LHP David Wells, 0-1, 15.75 ERA) vs. Mariners (RHP Gil Meche, 1-0, 6.75 ERA), 11:05 a.m. ET
• Tuesday: Red Sox (RHP Matt Clement, 1-1, 9.00 ERA) vs. Devil Rays (LHP Casey Fossum, 0-0, 6.94 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.