Wakefield pitches early to rest Schilling, Dice-K

Updated: September 18, 2007, 10:35 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Boston manager Terry Francona wants his starting staff to be well-rested by the time the playoffs begin.

The Red Sox will pitch Tim Wakefield in the finale of the three-game series at Tampa Bay on Sunday, giving right-hander Curt Schilling four extra days of rest before his next start. Schilling will pitch against Oakland on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Boston is also giving rookie right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka three extra days of rest before his next scheduled start, Saturday at ...

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