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Sox leave Wakefield off Series roster

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield delivers a knuckleball against Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore in the first inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship baseball series Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

BOSTON ” Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is being left off Boston’s roster for the World Series because of a bad shoulder.

The 41-year-old Wakefield fought through back problems late in the season and was kept off the roster for the first-round series against the Los Angeles Angels. He has pitched once since Sept. 29, allowing five runs in 4 2-3 innings in Game 4 of the AL championship series against the Cleveland Indians.

Wakefield was 17-12 with a 4.76 ERA in the regular season.

Also Tuesday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury would start Game 1 in center field in place of Coco Crisp.

Crisp struggled in the playoffs and was replaced in the lineup for Games 6 and 7 against Cleveland, and he also banged into the wall catching the final out of the ALCS.

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