After coming so close to win No. 200, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield's run at history stretches into another week, as the 45-year-old had strong outings against the Twins and Mariners, but couldn't snag the win in either. Wakefield's chase at 200 along with the integration of Erik Bedard, the rejuvination of John Lackey (6-0 in last seven starts) as well as the strong pitching by both Josh Beckett and Jon Lester makes this Amica Pitcher of the Week award up for grabs.
Lester starts off a Monday doubleheader against the Rays and James Shields, in what will surely be one of the better pitching matchups of the week. Lester looks to stop a losing streak that has seen him drop his last two decisions, first to the Yankees then last week to the Twins.
Bedard hits the mound for the finale of the doubleheader, looking to pick up his first win in a Sox uniform. Bedard pitched well in his last outing, giving up two runs on three hits in five innings and grabbing a no-decision.
Lackey, last week's Amica Pitcher of the Week winner, looks to continue his fine stretch after the All-Star break, as he finishes up the three-game series with the Rays.
Wakefield will get another shot at win No. 200 while on the road in Kansas City later this week. Since picking up win 199 on July 24, Wakefield has been unable to get over the hump, falling short in his last four starts.
Lastly, the Red Sox ace looks to halt his four-game winless streak, as Beckett is scheduled to take the mound against the Royals later this week.
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