Curt Schilling was the center of controversy in the baseball world this week for his negative comments on Giants slugger Barry Bonds, but now the Red Sox right-hander will look to get back in the headlines for his actions on the field.
Even after a shaky seventh inning in his last start, Schilling has a nice roll going. Last Sunday's 4-3 victory at Minnesota was Schilling's fifth quality start in six outings since his Opening Day loss to Kansas City. Schilling had a shutout working Sunday until the Twins scored three times in the seventh.
The 40-year-old right-hander has a 4-1 record and a 3.28 ERA this season. He will have an extra day of rest heading into Saturday's outing.
Fellow veteran Steve Trachsel, a long-time Chicago Cub and New York Met with 135 career wins, will get the call for the Orioles.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (4-1, 3.28 ERA)
Schilling has had little trouble with Baltimore in 11 career starts, registering a 3.76 ERA and walking only 11 batters in 76 2/3 innings. No current Oriole has more than a single career home run against the Boston ace, and Melvin Mora has been especially hard-pressed to reach base. The Baltimore third baseman has only three singles in 25 career at-bats against Schilling and nine strikeouts.
One of the slowest-working pitchers in the game, Trachsel has made a successful career out of getting out of trouble. The 36-year-old right-hander has faced the Red Sox only one time in his long career -- on May 6, 2000, at Fenway Park as a member of the Blue Jays. He was dominant in that game, striking out 11 batters in nine shutout innings.
Player to watch
Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, who hit a solo home run off Schilling on April 25, has a .364 career average against Schilling in 22 career at-bats.
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Sunday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 7-0, 2.51) vs. Orioles (RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 2-1, 4.64), 2:05 p.m. ET
Monday: Red Sox (RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, 4-2, 4.80) vs. Tigers (LHP Nate Robertson, 3-2, 3.43), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (RHP Tim Wakefield, 4-3, 1.79) vs. Tigers (RHP Justin Verlander, 3-1, 2.83), 7:05 p.m. ET
Alex McPhillips is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.