History will wait.
Tim Wakefield threw his signature knuckleball well enough Friday night to become only the 108th pitcher to record his 200th career victory. But he got unusually little support from the Red Sox' mighty offense in a 3-1 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I thought about it a little bit before the game," Wakefield said of the prospect of reaching a milestone he already has admitted would be meaningful. "But once I got done with my warm-ups and into the game, I was just trying to win for us and not me personally."
Personally, Wakefield did more than his share. Making his first bid to join the 200-win club, he yielded three hits, including a bunt single, in seven innings. But he also gave up the decisive two-run home run to A.J. Pierzynski on his 91st pitch.
"I thought (Wakefield) looked great," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who drove in the Red Sox' run with a leadoff homer in the third inning. "The ball was moving all the way until the end. He looked like he had his good stuff. We just didn't put up runs on the board."
And so, No. 200 will wait, perhaps until next week at Fenway Park.
"I'm excited about it," Wakefield said. "I don't like to talk about my personal numbers. I'm excited about my next start to try to help us win and get to the postseason."
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