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Wakefield ready to help out this week


DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Unlike his former teammates Pedro Martinez and Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield doesn't have an official title with the Red Sox. But he is still very much a part of the organization, as evidenced by his arrival in Dunedin on Monday to watch knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Wakefield will go to Fort Myers for the next couple of days and will monitor Wright's side session on Wednesday. Wakefield watched Monday's knuckleball match against the Blue Jays from the stands.

"I don't have [a title]," Wakefield said. "I'm still going to do some NESN [studio work] this year, but I don't know what my capacity will be. We're talking about it right now. My main goal right now is to help Steven out and be a mentor to him."

While working with Wright is Wakefield's immediate task, he is looking forward to helping the Red Sox in any way they need it.

"When I was here, we had guys like Luis Tiant and Jim Rice," said Wakefield. "It's nice to add some more people to that list -- guys that knew what it meant to wear a Red Sox uniform and guys who knew what it meant to compete at the Major League level for a long time.

"I think that's a valuable asset the organization has taken pride in. Bringing guys like 'Tek or Pedro or me or whoever. Our job is to help the Red Sox win, even though we're not playing anymore."

Wakefield, who retired at the beginning of Spring Training last year, lives in Florida most of the year. He still spends his summers in Boston.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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