Terry Francona said tomorrow may well be Curt Schilling’s final start of the 2006 season. Tomorrow will be Schilling’s 31st start of the season, and he is within three innings of the 200 mark for the ninth time in his career, an impressive achievement at his age and given what he went through last season, when he pitched just 93 1/3 innings. He has passed some significant milestones this season: 200 wins, 3000 K’s, 3,000 innings and 400 starts, and while he has struggled here at the end–0-2, 6.61 ERA in his last 3 starts (12 ER in 16 1/3 IP), in part due to a strained side muscle–he has clearly made the transition to the kind of pitcher he needs to be to remain effective at the end of his career.
Francona said he’ll sit down with Schilling after tomorrow night’s game against the D-Rays in Fenway and make a determination then. Schilling could pitch the regular season finale on regular rest, but the only thing certain about the weekend rotation is that Julian Tavarez will go Friday night.
No Manny in the lineup tonight, though after goofing around taking grounders at first during BP yesterday with Alex Gonzalez, he took some more today, with his regular fielder’s glove.
Francona said he could get a start at home but wasn’t sure.
Still awaiting word on Matt Clement’s visit to Dr James Andrews in Alabama.
Here are the lineups