Thursday June 09, 2011 | 07:07 AM

Tim Wakefield started, and the Red Sox beat the Yankees to take over first place in the American League East.

But Wakefield's line deserves some scrutiny: 5 1/3, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 3 K. His ERA sits at 4.84.

Wakefield gave up no runs through 3 IP, and one run through 4. But it turned quickly.

Since Wakefield rejoined the rotation on May 22, he allowed 3 earned runs in his first two starts - and 9 ER in his last two.

It is a great story to have the 44-year-old Wakefield (45 in August) out there, but it is also uncomfortable. He can give up runs in a hurry.

Wakefield is certainly not a bad option as a No. 5 starter, but the Red Sox may have someone better.

Left-hander Andrew Miller continues to throw well for Pawtucket, and he had a second straight start with no walks. In Miller's first 40 innings in Pawtucket, he walked 32 batters. In his last 20 innings, he's walked two.

On Wednesday, Miller threw seven innings: 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K. He needed only 81 pitches (52 strikes).

According to various media reports, Miller has an opt-out clause in his contract if he is not in the major leagues by June 15, so the Red Sox may have to make a decision on him soon.

Miller was not the only pitcher to shine in the minors.

Brock Huntzinger had his second straight solid start for Portland: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K. In today's Press Herald story, Dogs manager Kevin Boles said, "this is a guy who is starting to become interesting ..."

Salem right-hander (and top Sox pitching prospect) Anthony Ranaudo also got a start Wednesday: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K.

Back in the majors, the Red Sox may be happy with first place, but there is concern over second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who will have his right knee looked at in Boston today (he will miss tonight's game in New York). See the ESPN story.



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