Wakefield to pitch Game 1

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2004

BOSTON Tim Wakefield will start Game 1 of the World Series for Boston against St. Louis on Saturday night after playing a key relief role for the Red Sox in the AL championship series.

Manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Wakefield would be followed in the rotation by Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe. Bronson Arroyo, the Game 3 starter in the ALCS, will be in the bullpen.

Wakefield pitched the last three innings of Game 5 against the New York Yankees and got the win in Boston's 5-4 victory in 14 innings. But he didn't pitch in Games 6 and 7 at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox clinched the ALCS with a 10-3 win Wednesday night.

''Once we stayed away from Wake, he was the Game 1 starter,'' Francona said. ''Then we go (to) Schilling, keep him in this ballpark.''

That means Schilling, who pitched seven innings in Game 6 despite a serious ankle injury, wouldn't have to bat in St. Louis in Games 3, 4 and 5.

''Pedro can start in the NL (stadium). It gives him some rest'' after he worked one inning Wednesday night, Francona said. ''He'll be in good shape. Then we can have D-Lowe. And Bronson proved his resiliency with his arm and his effectiveness'' in coming out of the bullpen in Games 5 and 6.

Francona also said that designated hitter David Ortiz probably would play first base in the NL city, where the DH won't be used.

''We don't want that bat out of the lineup,'' he said.

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