After allowing just nine earned runs in his first 45 1/3 innings, Wakefield has given up 23 in his last 22 2/3 innings.
There's good news, though. He's 9-4 in 34 games against the A's and hasn't lost in Oakland since Aug. 9, 2001.
BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (5-6, 4.24 ERA)
Not since Sept. 4, 2004, had Wakefield been pounded for eight earned runs before his last start, on Friday night. But Wakefield's control deserted him against the Yankees, who touched him for five hits and six walks and scored eight times in 3 2/3 innings. Wakefield's ERA has ballooned from 1.79 to 4.24 in four starts since May 15.
OAK: LHP Joe Kennedy (1-4, 3.30 ERA)
Kennedy bounced back from a seven-run beating at the hands of the host Orioles to put together his strongest start of the season Friday night against the visiting Twins, holding Minnesota to a run on six hits over eight innings while throwing a season-high 110 pitches. As has often been the case this year, though, the A's offered little offensive support, so Kennedy, who has allowed one run in six of his 10 starts and has allowed more than three runs only once, was stuck with his fifth no-decision.
Players to watch
Catcher Jason Varitek and outfielder Manny Ramirez can't wait to grab a bat against Kennedy. Varitek is a .538 hitter against the A's left-hander, with a pair of doubles and a triple. Ramirez is 9-for-17 (.429) with five doubles and five RBIs against Kennedy.
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Thursday: Red Sox (Curt Schilling, 5-2, 3.91) at Oakland (Joe Blanton, 5-3, 3.81), 3:35 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 8-0, 2.95) at Arizona (Doug Davis, 4-6, 3.05), 9:40 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 5.33) at Arizona (TBA), 9:40 p.m. ET