Wakefield to make spot start Friday vs. Twins

Wakefield to make spot start Friday vs. Twins

BOSTON -- With the Red Sox's rotation in flux following Daisuke Matsuzaka's relief appearance Wednesday night, Tim Wakefield is scheduled to start Friday's series opener vs. the Twins, and he'll be followed by Clay Buchholz on regular rest on Friday and Matsuzaka on Sunday.

"Wake is going to start tomorrow, and we'll follow it up with Buch and Dice-K," manager Terry Francona said after an 11-0 loss the Angels on Thursday afternoon. "We just want to try and put a day in between for Dice for obvious reasons, because he pitched last night or this morning -- whatever it was. We're just trying to make it work."

Alfredo Aceves was supposed to start Triple-A Pawtucket's game Thursday night, but he was scratched from the outing. According to a Major League source, Aceves will take the roster spot of Scott Atchison, who was informed Thursday he was being sent down to the PawSox after getting promoted earlier in the day.

The Red Sox did not make any official roster moves following Thursday's loss.

Since Wakefield tossed 12 pitches in a one-inning relief effort and went 5 2/3 frames vs. the Mariners on Sunday, Aceves could be the first option out of the bullpen if the 44-year-old knuckleballer struggles.

Jon Lester was slated to start Sunday, but his start will likely be pushed back to Monday.

The chances that Matsuzaka would make his scheduled start Friday were slim entering Thursday. Matsuzaka, who left his April 29 start in the fifth inning because of right elbow tightness, was the last pitcher the Red Sox used in a 13-inning, eight-pitcher effort that resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Angels early Thursday morning at Fenway Park.

The right-hander came out of Thursday's outing fine health-wise, according to Francona, helped by the fact that it was Matsuzaka's normal day to throw. Matsuzaka allowed the Angels two runs on three hits and one walk in one inning, throwing 20 pitches.

Atchison was as good as gone Thursday afternoon, clearing out his locker as quickly as he had unpacked his bags Thursday morning, when he was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Like Matsuzaka, Aceves' most recent start was also a week ago Friday. He allowed three runs in five innings. In 16 innings this season between the Majors and Triple-A -- eight at each level -- Aceves has allowed seven runs on 11 hits, six walks and struck out 11.

Francona declined to discuss Aceves specifically on Thursday morning.

"We certainly have the options to do some things, and still do," Francona said.