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Although manager Terry Francona said the strength in Tim Wakefield’s lower left leg is “decreasing,” Wakefield believes he is on target to start Monday in Kansas City. Wakefield met with Dr. Thomas Gill today and they determined, despite the ongoing issues with his leg stemming from a nerve problem in his back, that Wakefield will not do irreperable harm by pitching.

“As of right now, I’m planning on pitching either Sunday or Monday,” Wakefield said. Since Daisuke Matsuzaka is pitching Sunday, Wakefield could get the start Monday.

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Here is what Paul Byrd will face in his fourth start this season:

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1. Chone Figgins, 3B
2. Erick Aybar, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Vladimir Guerrero, DH
5. Torii Hunter, CF
6. Kendry Morales, 1B
7. Howie Kendrick, 1B
8. Juan Rivera, LF
9. Mike Napoli, C
— Joe Saunders, SP

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I asked bench coach Brad Mills when was the last time, before last night, the Red Sox called two consecutive sacrifice bunts. He chuckled a little bit and said, “I think we have. I can’t remember when. I wish I could.”

Mills pointed out that the game had to break an exact way for two straight sacrifices to happen. For example, had Jacoby Ellsbury’s bunt, a called sacrifice, resulted in an out at first base, Dustin Pedroia would have swung away and tried to drive in the run from second. Instead, he tried to bunt to put two men in scoring position, and it wound up giving the Sox a run.

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