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Giants look to take Fenway finale

Giants look to take Fenway finale

Before trying to beat Tim Wakefield, Barry Bonds made sure to give his former teammate due respect.

Wakefield, who's scheduled to start Sunday's Interleague series finale for the Red Sox against the Giants, broke into the Major Leagues with Pittsburgh in 1992, Bonds' final year with the Pirates. Wakefield helped Pittsburgh mightily by finishing 8-1 in 13 regular-season games and winning a pair of starts -- both complete games -- in the National League Championship Series against Atlanta.

The Pirates lost that series in seven games. Recalling Wakefield's excellence, Bonds said the other day, "If we had him pitch the last game, we would have been in the World Series, as well as that guy pitched for us. He was phenomenal."

Bonds' memory was mildly faulty. The Pirates didn't suffer from poor starting pitching in Game 7 of that LCS, although they lost, 3-2, as Atlanta scored all of its runs in the ninth inning. But his point was clear.

"I don't do well off him because he's just too slow," Bonds said of the knuckleballer, who has held him hitless in eight career at-bats. "But he's a good pitcher. He's always been a good pitcher."

Pitching matchup
SF: RHP Matt Morris (7-3, 2.56 ERA)
Morris pitched his second consecutive complete game in his last outing, a 4-3 decision over Toronto last Monday. Morris settled down after allowing three first-inning runs. He has recorded eight consecutive quality starts, posting a 4-2 record with a 2.14 ERA in that span. He has 11 quality starts in 13 outings this season.

BOS: RHP Tim Wakefield (6-7, 3.92 ERA)
The veteran knuckleballer is coming off one of his best starts of the season, a 2-1 victory over the Rockies last Tuesday. In that one, Wakefield allowed four hits and a run over eight innings, striking out three. This season at Fenway Park, Wakefield is 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA. Interestingly, he has received a decision in all 13 of his starts this season.

Player to watch
Omar Vizquel, who has struggled offensively all season, has found Wakefield to his liking. The switch-hitting shortstop owns a lifetime .358 batting average (19-for-53) against Wakefield. Vizquel is also in an 0-for-21 slide.

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Up next
• Monday: Giants (Noah Lowry, 6-5, 3.46) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, Major League debut), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Giants (Tim Lincecum, 2-1, 5.25) at Brewers (Ben Sheets, 7-3, 3.31), 5:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Giants (Barry Zito, 6-7, 4.41) at Brewers (TBD), 11:05 a.m. PT

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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