Seattle Mariners (43-57) @ Boston Red Sox (61-37)
Michael Pineda (8-6, 3.24) @ Tim Wakefield (5-3, 4.80)
1:35 PM EDT | Fenway Park (Boston, MA)


The Red Sox send 44-year-od Tim Wakefield to the mound today.  The Mariners send 22-year-old Michael Pineda.  Pineda, an All-Star this year, was 3 years old when Wakefield made his major league debut for the Pirates on July 31, 1992.  Pineda has had a very good year for the Mariners and may be one of the front runners for rookie of the year.  He made his debut on April 5 and has since gone 8-6 with a 3.25 ERA.  He has held opposing batters to a .202 average and has 199 strikeouts and only 38 walks.  The Red Sox were able to get to fellow All-Star Felix Hernandez on Friday, hopefully they can do the same to Pineda.



Seattle:Erik Bedard, injured left knee, (Placed on 15-day DL 6/29)

Boston: Clay Buchholz, lower back strain (Placed on 15-day DL June 19, retroactive to June 17); Bobby Jenks, strained back (placed on 15-day DL 7/16), Jon Lester, strained left latissimus (placed on 15-day DL July 6, scheduled to return 7/25); Jed Lowrie, right shoulder injury (Placed on 15-day DL on June 17)


The expansion draft for the Seattle Mariners took place on November 5, 1976.  The Mariners selected four players from the Red Sox that day: outfielder Luis Delgado and pitchers Steve Burke, Rick Jones, and Dick Pole.  Pole made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1973.  In 1975, he nearly suffered a career-ending injury when a line drive came back and hit him in face.  He suffered a broken jaw and damaged the retina in his eye, which never fully recovered; he eventually lost 90% of his vision in that eye.  He recovered in time to pitch in Game 5 of the 1975 World Series.  Pole spent 1977-78 with the Mariners before they released him before the 1979 season.  He served as the major-league pitching coach for the Cubs, Giants, Indians, Expos and Reds and the bullpen coach for the Red Sox.

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