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Schilling hopeful

Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  June 30, 2006 06:21 PM

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Curt Schilling is a six-time All-Star, but he has a new reason to hope that he will be one of the names called Sunday night when Major League Baseball announces the participants in the 2006 All-Star Game, to be played July 11 in Pittsburgh.

"This is the first year my oldest son, Gehrig, is living and breathing the process,'' Schilling said. "Thatís the pressure for me.Ē

"Itís an honor. Iíve never ever tried to downplay what it means, because how many do you get a chance to play in? This is the first year Iíve ever been nervous about it because itís such a big deal to Gehrig. You see him--heís at the park every day now. Baseball is his life, which Iím ecstatic about.''

Schilling was last an All-Star in 2004, when he was picked to the American League team for the first time, went to Houston, but did not pitch in order to rest his ailing ankle. The last time he appeared in the All-Star Game was in 2002 in Milwaukee, when he started for the National League team and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three. The only hit he allowed was a single to Manny Ramirez on an 0-and-2 pitch. He also started against Pedro Martinez in the 1999 All-Star Game in Boston, and allowed two runs on three hits.

Schilling collected his 10th win last night and joins teammate Josh Beckett, Detroitís Kenny Rogers and Justin Verlander, Torontoís Roy Halladay, and Chicagoís Freddy Garcia as 10-game winners in the AL. The Red Sox are 14-3 when Curt takes the mound this season. Schilling leads the majors with a 7.29-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio. He is tied for third for strikeouts in the AL with 102 while opponents are batting .252 against him.

"Considering what everybody was saying in December, January and February, that makes me smile," said Schilling on being an All-Star candidate. "Given where Iíve been and where weíve been, what weíve done."

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Outfielder Wily Mo Pena has been sent on rehab assignment to Single-A Lowell. Pena will be in uniform for tonightís game versus Oneonta at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.

Coco Crisp is in the leadoff spot tonight. Here are the lineups:

Red Sox
1. Coco Crisp, CF
2. Mark Loretta, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
4. Manny Ramirez, LF
5. Mike Lowell, 3B
6. Jason Varitek, C
7. Gabe Kapler, RF
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. Jason Johnson, SP

Marlins
1. Hanley Ramirez, SS
2. Dan Uggla, 2B
3. Mike Jacobs, 1B
4. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Jeremy Hermida, RF
7. Cody Ross, CF
8. Matt Treanor, C
9. Dontrelle Willis, SP

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