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Wakefield looks to keep rolling

Wakefield looks to keep rolling

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A night after briefly solving Daisuke Matsuzaka's vast arsenal of pitches, the Blue Jays will put all their attention toward one pitch on Wednesday.

But if Tim Wakefield's knuckleball is anywhere near as effective as it was in his last start -- a 10-1 win over the Angels on Friday night -- the Jays could be in for a tough night.

The Jays beat Matsuzaka, 2-1, in the opener of this three-game set. The Boston bats will try to get recharged against Blue Jays right-hander Tomo Ohka.

Wakefield has allowed just two earned runs in his first 13 innings of 2007.

One overlooked aspect from Tuesday's loss was Coco Crisp breaking out of an 0-for-16 drought with two hits.

"Coco took a good swing from the right side," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "Then he had a good at-bat from the left side. I'm sure he feels much better about himself. You can just see his personality [get lifted]. I understand that. You can talk all you want about enjoying the game, but it's nice when you get some hits."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (1-1, 1.38 ERA)
Wakefield's signature knuckleball had extra bite on a brisk Friday at Fenway, where the 40-year-old starter shut down Vladimir Guerrero and the Angels' bats. Wakefield gave up just five hits and one run in seven innings, lowering his season ERA to a sparkling 1.38. Wakefield yielded just one earned run in his first start of the year against Texas. Wakefield has thrown more Major League innings (217 2/3) against the Blue Jays than any other team. He has a 3.93 ERA against the Jays, but that number rises to 4.75 at Toronto's Rogers Centre.

TOR: RHP Tomo Ohka (0-1, 7.84 ERA)
Ohka has gotten off to a rough start this season. In his Thursday outing, the 31-year-old took the loss after allowing four earned runs on eight hits over six innings against the Tigers. That start followed a disappointing performance in Tampa on April 7, in which he allowed five runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. This will be Ohka's first appearance vs. Boston in his career.

Player to watch
Sox slugger Manny Ramirez is still looking for his first home run of 2007.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• NESN

On radio
• WEEI-850 AM, Spanish Baseball Network (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 0-1, 9.00) at Blue Jays (Roy Halladay, 2-0, 2.35), 12:37 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 2-1, 2.84) vs. Yankees (Andy Pettitte, 1-0, 1.50), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 3-0, 1.50) vs. Yankees (Jeff Karstens, 2-1, 3.80 in '06), 3:55 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.

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