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If the Boston Red Sox didn't clinch a playoff spot early Wednesday morning, the whole state of Massachusetts would in a a full out panic attack, red alert, freak out mode.
With the official bid into October, Terry Francona decided to rest all of the starters with the exception of David Ortiz and Alex Gonzalez, with Tim Wakefield on the mound.
You could argue Casey Kotchman, Rocco Baldelli, and Jed Lowrie, but Lowrie hasn't been really the starting shortstop and he ended playing third base with Gonzalez at short.
Pretty much it was a starting lineup you'd see in spring training.
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and Roy Halladay had fun kicking them around in a 12-0 shutout victory. Halladay went the distance and allowed only three hits, two walks, and had six strikeouts.
Wakefield went for only three innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, two being home runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.
It may indeed be over for the 42-year-old knuckleballer.
Six relievers followed with only two being as interest in Manny Delcarmen and Hideki Okajima.
Delcarmen still hasn't figured it out as he pitched an inning and allowed two runs off three hits (one home run) in the sixth.
Okajima pitched in the eighth and also gave up a home run.
Will their pitching magically go away once the plane touches ground in California next week? The Sox can only hope so especially with Delcarmen and his inconsistencies month by month this season.