“We really leaned on [Jon] Lester the last three starts and this way we’ll back Wake up and let him pitch Friday, back up Lester [to Saturday] and this way it gives everybody a little bit of rest," Francona said. "We talked to [John] Lackey and [Josh] Beckett too, to make sure we’re doing the right thing and everybody feels good about it.”
The change means Wakefield will have a chance to win his 200th career game at home, although Francona said did not play into his decision. It will be Wakefield's sixth attempt at the milestone.
“There are a lot of reasons, and you can’t do it for sentimental reasons, but I’m glad,” Francona said.