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Gordon Edes' 10 Predictions For The Red Sox

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7. Tim Wakefield will retire before the end of the season

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Francona fretted about how to use knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, whose role at the start of the season is insurance policy in case a starter goes down. Trouble is, Wakefield struggled in that role last season, and the Sox have accumulated other options.