Thursday July 15, 2010 | 11:40 AM

When Tommy Hunter was born on July 3, 1986, Tim Wakefield had just finished his freshman year of college, as a first baseman for Florida Tech in Melbourne, Fla.

Now the two are opposing pitchers tonight at Fenway Park.

Hunter, 24, seems to be establishing himself as a major leaguer, while Wakefield is holding on.

Called up from Triple-A in June, Hunter is 5-0 with a 2.34 ERA.

Wakefield is 3-7 with a 5.22 ERA (his highest ERA since 2000). It is the cliche' feast or famine with Wakefield - either a gem or a blowout. He has allowed 34 earned runs in his last 51 innings.

Wakefield, who turns 44 in August, faced Texas in April, allowing six earned runs in six innings. He gave up seven hits and five walks.

One good thing the Sox can be thankful for, concerning Hunter - he is not with the Rays. Tampa Bay drafted Hunter out of high school, in the 18th round. He went to the University of Alabama instead, and was a Rangers' supplemental round pick in 2007.

I'll check in later from Fenway.

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