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OAK@BOS: Wakefield discusses falling short of 200

In the early going, Tim Wakefield's season was on a fairytale path. The Major League's oldest player got a crack at the Red Sox's rotation because of injury, and he was taking full advantage of his opportunity, quickly closing in on one of the most significant personal milestones left within his reach: 200 career wins.

In a 12-8 Sox victory over Seattle on July 24, Wakefield reached win No. 199 lifetime and the sixth of his season. What's followed in seven outings and six starts since is no wins and three losses, despite a 4.50 ERA in that time -- a mark lower than John Lackey's 5.80 ERA in the same stretch.

On Wednesday, with less than a month remaining in the regular season, Wakefield could be looking at one of his last chances to win No. 200 this season.

If Wakefield, who is a free agent at the end of the season, remains in the rotation through the end of the season, at most he'd have four starts left, though more likely three. If he's used out of the bullpen down the stretch, it's most likely to be in a long-relief role and therefore not as likely to get him the victories, although it wouldn't be impossible.

As for Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow, he's lost three straight starts and five of six.

"Up and down, that's really the best way to put it," Blue Jays general manager general manager Alex Anthopoulos said of the right-hander's season. "His first two or three starts were really good, and then he hit a bit of a rut. Even July, he was on that five-start roll and it was similar to what we saw last year.

"I think it's been a combination of things. His stuff is still there, he knows he can perform a lot better than he has and I think he'd be the first person to tell you that. He's still young as a starter, still going through it. Everyone has room to improve, but he's definitely shown times when he has been great."

Red Sox: Beckett diagnosed; Weiland inserted
• After spraining his right ankle on Monday, Josh Beckett saw his Saturday start go to September callup Kyle Weiland.

Weiland made a pair of starts for the Sox in July, coming out of them 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA.

"It's a great opportunity and it's nice they chose me to take on that game," Weiland said. "I've just got to stay within myself and look back and learn from the last couple of starts and understand that the same pitches that get guys out in Triple-A get guys out here. Try not to do too much and stay within myself."

Beckett returned to Boston on Tuesday to be evaluated by a specialist, and the diagnosis was encouraging.

"Josh was evaluated today at the Massachusetts General Hospital by the Red Sox medical staff, including team foot and ankle specialist, Dr. George Theodore," Red Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill said in a statement. "Josh experienced pain in his ankle while pitching last night. His examination was consistent with an ankle sprain. An MRI was performed that confirmed no other injury to his ankle tendons, or his Achilles tendon. We will re-evaluate his symptoms and availability later this week."

Blue Jays: Six to join roster Wednesday
Taking full advantage of September expanded rosters, the Blue Jays on Wednesday are set to add right-handers Kyle Drabek, Chad Beck and Danny Farquhar, left-hander Brad Mills, first baseman David Cooper and outfielder Adam Loewen.

"Given the situation with our current bullpen, we've got some guys that are banged up. We'll make no bones about it," manager John Farrell said. "There are some limitations on their physical availability, so we felt like in certain situations, we might need a couple of extra arms, and in a couple of cases, it's a reward for the year that they've had."

Worth noting

• Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero on Tuesday was named the American League's Pitcher of the Month for August.

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