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Schill strong in debut

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 3, 2006 02:07 PM

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Curt Schilling made a successful spring training debut today against Boston College at City of Palms Park, throwing 35 pitches over four scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and left with a 2-0 lead.

Schilling retired the first 10 hitters he faced before allowing Jett Ruiz's first-pitch single to left field, just out of the reach of Sox shortstop Alejandro Machado. He got out of the fourth inning when BC shortstop Jared McGuire of Harwich hit into a 6-4-3 double play.

Schilling, who threw mostly fastballs but mixed in a few curves and splitters, posted three strikeouts (he fanned the first two batters he faced). The Eagles were swinging early in his counts, which forced Schilling to go a fourth inning to get his pitch count up to the desired 30-35 pitches. He had thrown 23 pitches through three innings.

The Sox got a couple of runs in the third, one on a pop double by center fielder Willie Harrris, scoring Brandon Moss, who had singled with one out. Harris came around on Mark Loretta's double off the left field wall (hit off BC sophomore lefty Nick Napolitano). Moss also knocked in two runs in the fourth with a single.

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