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Quick hits: End of the road for Penny?

- It looks like the Red Sox are losing patience with Brad Penny, as Tim Wakefieldwill return from the disabled list to take his turn in the rotation against the White Sox next week. After getting hammered for eight runs over four innings against the Yankees on Friday night, Penny has a 5.61 ERA over 24 starts with Boston. Penny hasn’t completed seven innings in a start all season.

- The Diamondbackshave called up prospect first baseman Brandon Allenfrom Triple-A Reno. Acquired from the White Sox in the Tony Pena trade last month, the former 2004 fifth-round draft pick batted .298/.373/.503 with 20 homers and 75 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He profiles as Arizona’s first baseman of the future.

- The 1969 “Miracle Mets”will be honored before Saturday’s game against the Phillies, while the Piratesplan a similar celebrationfor the 30th anniversary of the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh club of 1979.

- Joel Sherman of the New York Post asked seven major league executives which second baseman they would rather have for the next five years: Dustin Pedroia or Robinson Cano.The general consensus may surprise you.