Extra Bases

Schilling throws off mound; Sox lineup

Curt Schilling threw 25 pitches off the mound for the first time. According to Sox manager Terry Francona, Schilling said he was annoyed that he only threw 22 for strikes. Schilling will gradually increase his pitches and intensity over time.

Francona said it was a good sign that Schilling is already talking about dates in his mind about when he might pitch in a game again, but the manager said it was too premature to get into specific dates yet.

In the post-David Ortiz injury era, you’re gonna see some different-looking lineups. Here’s a new one:

LF- Ellsbury
2B- Pedroia
RF- Drew
DH- Ramirez
3B- Lowell
1B- Youkilis
C- Varitek
CF- Crisp
SS- Lugo
SP- Beckett

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Notes: Francona said he dropped Youkilis down in the order because tonight’s starter Edwin Jackson and tomorrow’s starter James Shields both give the first baseman trouble. Youkilis is 1-for-11 against Jackson

  • Francona said that J.D. Drew “looks like he wants to get hot.” Drew is hitting .381 in his last six games
  • Justin Masterson will throw Sunday vs.Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn. Francona said this is the first time Masterson has been able to actually stay with the team and and prepare for his next major league start
  • Masterson, along with Dustin Pedroia and third base coach Demarlo Hale, were at least three Sox members who had their heads shaved yesterday.
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