Sox retain Wakefield

The Red Sox announced today that the team will pick up the 2007 option of pitcher Tim Wakefield.

The Sox also confirmed what was previously reported in the Boston Globe that reliever Mike Timlin signed a one-year deal with the ball club.

Wakefield, 40, will enter his 13th season with Boston, matching Roger Clemens and Bob Stanley for the longest tenure ever for a Red Sox pitcher. The righthander was 7-11 with a 4.63 ERA in 23 starts in 2006. He was on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his rib cage from July 22-September 13, only the second DL stint of his major league career. In his 11 defeats in 2006, Boston scored a total of just six runs while he was on the mound.

More to come in Tuesday’s Boston Globe.


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