Boston Red Sox veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield reached another milestone during his 10th start of the season on Sunday against the Phillies. Pitching 7 1/3 innings, he passed the 3,000-innings-pitched plateau to become only the third active pitcher to reach that mark, joining the Yankees' Andy Pettitte and Phillies' Jamie Moyer. He is 131st all-time.
"That's pretty special," Wakefield said after taking the 5-3 loss. "Unfortunately we lost today. We were facing a tough guy over there in Cole Hamels. Reaching 3,000 is pretty cool. There's not many guys that can say that."
On June 8, Wakefield passed Roger Clemens' record for most innings pitched for the Red Sox (2,776).
On passing Clemens, he said then: "I'm very honored and humbled at the same time to be able to last as long as I have to be able to pass some numbers he put up."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.