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We won, 0-1.  Tim Wakefield pitched six shutout innings.  Only three hits, all of them singles.  No Brave got past first on his watch.  Only one walk.  One strikeout.  Wrap it up.  Not to mention the fact that he got his first hit since 2005, something about which I was not happy.  Think about it.  We’re in Atlanta.  In the summer.  It was one hundred degrees.  You don’t want your pitcher standing around or running the bases in that kind of heat.  But apparently Wake was completely unphased.  We scored that run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Kotsay (Youk, who finished his day two for three, scored the run), so Wake only pitched with a lead for half a frame.  The fact that he was able to keep the Braves at bay with no score in the game is very impressive.  And very timely.  If he pitches like this for the rest of his starts before the All-Star break, he’s going to St. Louis for sure.

But this wasn’t just a game.  This wasn’t even just a really great game.  This wasn’t just a solidification of Wake’s potential All-Star appearance, or a blatant message that unfortunately Javier Vazquez didn’t pitch too badly, either.  With this win, Wake becomes just one of three American League pitchers to reach double digits in the win column this season.  With this start, Wake tied Roger Clemens for most career starts by a pitcher in Red Sox letters; he now stands at 382.  He’s been pitching for us since 1995.  That’s a lot of starts.  And that’s a lot of seasons; his fifteen seasons with us are the most for any pitcher.  Speaks volumes about his consistency and ability to work through innings and rack up wins.  Even if he sometimes infuriates us every once in a while.  His 174 wins make him good for third on the Red Sox all-time list; eighteen more and he’d reach Cy Young and Roger Clemens.  And that’s entirely within his reach.  If he continues at his current rate, he’ll absolutely get there by the end of next season, and he might win twenty games this season and become the oldest pitcher ever to do so.  And if he does in fact fly out to St. Louis, he’d be the second-oldest first-timer in the history of the sport, behind Satchel Paige.  To be completely honest, the way things work in Boston, if he continues tearing through his starts like this he’ll go.  It’s basically sure-fire that he’ll go.  We take care of our own in Boston, and he deserves it.  He’ll go.

One more thing.  He’s doing it all with a torn labrum in his shoulder.  Dirt dog all the way.

Delcarmen and Masterson took care of the seventh and eighth, and despite allowing a double, Paps collected a save after finishing the ninth.  That was his eighteenth of the season and 131st of his career, one shy of Bob Stanley’s franchise record.  So give it a few days and he’ll break it.  His 131 saves are also tied for fifth-most by a pitcher in his first five seasons.  Depending on how many saves he finishes the season with, he could move up considerably on that list.

In other news, the Bruins picked five in the NHL Entry Draft: forward Jordan Caron in the first round, and defenseman Ryan Button, forward Lane Macdermid, forward Tyler Randell, and forward Ben Sexton in the second round.

Penny at Tommy Hanson this afternoon.  I love Interleague.  That’s all I have to say about it.

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