BOSTON -- Following his pregame ceremony, Tim Wakefield met with the media, and was asked about Josh Beckett's recent and ever-so-popular golf outing on an off-day.
Wakefield had Beckett's back, saying that much was made out of nothing.
"I thought it was blown way out of proportion," said Wakefield. "Everybody knows that sometimes you need a break, and he threw 125 pitches. And obviously the Red Sox had to make a decision on Aaron Cook, and that was the spot to put him in. If he told you he wasn't hurt, and Bobby told you he didn't think he was hurt, I mean, a round of golf isn't going to kill you. It's probably going to help you more than it's going to hurt you."
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SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.
Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.
Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.