Boston's Wakefield Won't Pitch Against Rockies

Veteran pitcher Tim Wakefield is being left off Boston's roster for the World Series because of a bad shoulder.

The 41-year-old knuckleballer fought through back problems late in the season and was kept off the roster for the first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Angels. He has pitched once since September 29th, allowing five runs in four and two-thirds innings in Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Cleveland Indians.

Wakefield was 17-12 with a 4.76 ERA in the regular season.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona also announced that rookie Jacoby
Ellsbury will start Game 1 in center field in place of Coco Crisp.

Crisp struggled in the playoffs and was replaced in the lineup for Games 6 and 7 against Cleveland.


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