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Schilling throws BP

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  February 22, 2007 11:33 AM

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Curt Schilling threw his first live batting practice of the spring this morning, with catcher Dusty Brown behind the plate, pitching against Red Sox minor leaguers Jeff Corsaletti, Andrew Pinckney, and Jeff Natale.

“That’s a little out of the frying pan and into the fires,” said the 24-year-old Pinckney, who hit .255 last season for Single-A Greenville. “That’s kind of intense, first live batting practice against Schilling. But it was cool. Good experience right there.”

Pinckney said that Schilling looked “firm and straight,” throwing a variety of changeups, curves, and fastballs during his session. “I think he threw one split to me,” he said.

Pinckney guessed that the pitcher’s velocity, meanwhile ranged anywhere from the low 90’s to upper-80’s. “I think that last one he threw to me he kind of humped up on,” he said.

Prior to throwing batting practice, Schilling participated in another bullpen session, this time with hurlers Devern Hansack, Bryan Corey, Kason Gabbard, Abe Alvarez, and Travis Hughes. The ace is also the talk around camp this morning, as fans and media members lurking about are abuzz with Schilling’s radio revelation this morning that he will test free agency at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, the entire Sox starting infield took grounders for the first time, Alex Cora joining Dustin Pedroia at second base, and David Ortiz (who made a few nice stops down the line), side-by-side with Kevin Youkilis.

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