NEW YORK (AP) _ With Tom Gordon hurting, the Boston Red Sox said Saturday that Tim Wakefield will be taking over as the team's closer.

``I don't care. Whatever it takes to win games,'' Wakefield said before the Red Sox played the New York Mets.

Gordon blew his second straight save opportunity Friday night after converting a major league record 54 straight, then said his right elbow was hurting again. He spent a month on the disabled list earlier this season because of the elbow.

Boston decided to send him home for an MRI on Monday and, anticipating another trip to the DL, shift Wakefield into the bullpen. The Red Sox intend to bring up Jin Ho Cho from Triple-A Pawtucket to take over Wakefield's scheduled start Monday night against Minnesota at Fenway Park.

Wakefield, 32, has made 165 career starts and 16 relief appearances. The knuckleballer is 3-6 with a 5.49 ERA in 11 starts and three relief appearances this season.

``He's been in the bullpen before,'' Red Sox manager Jimy Williams said. ``He's done good out there, and we're in a situation right now where we need somebody.''

While Gordon is 11-for-13 in save chances, the rest of Boston's bullpen is 6-for-16. Wakefield went 2-for-2 while Gordon was sidelined from April 18-May 10.

``He's pitched three ninth innings for us this year, so he's not unfamiliar with it,'' Williams said.

Cho, 23, was 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA in four starts with the Red Sox last year, his first professional season, and went 8-3 in 18 minor league starts. He is 7-1 with a 3.41 ERA this season at Triple-A Pawtucket, striking out a team-high 58 in 71 1-3 innings.