Boston (37-26) at Colorado (22-41)

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  • Game info: 9:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 16, 2004
  • TV: NESN, FSRM
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Curt Schilling has been battling a sore right ankle, but it hasn’t shown in his pitching.

Schilling will look to turn in another strong outing when the Boston Red Sox resume their three-game interleague series with the struggling Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Schilling underwent a second MRI on June 8 on the ankle that has been bothering him for more than a month.

“He’s got a mild bone bruise, a bone called the talus, in the ankle,” team doctor Bill Morgan said Saturday. “It’s not to the point that we have to shut him down at this point and time.”

The right-hander, who was traded from Arizona in the offseason, has received a shot of Marcaine to numb the pain before his last four starts, but Morgan said that continuing to do so could cause further injury.

Schilling threw a side session Sunday without taking the Marcaine.

“I’ve been feeling better and we’ve done a lot of different things on a daily basis to try and help it get better,” Schilling said.

Schilling will be given a third MRI after Wednesday’s start to determine if the ankle is getting worse.

The injury has not affected Schilling’s numbers. He has gone 4-0 over his last five starts, allowing just 12 runs in 28 2-3 innings. However, Schilling, who is known for his desire to finish games, did not last more than 7 2-3 innings in any of those starts.

“I’m not really of the mind that we’re up against the wall tomorrow,” Schilling said. “It feels better, and we’re doing everything we can do to make it feel better on a daily basis.”

The Red Sox will also have their eyes on outfielder Trot Nixon, who will make his season debut Wednesday. Nixon has been out all season with a herniated disc and a strained left quad.

“You miss it a great deal,” said Nixon, who went 4-for-14 with a double and two RBIs in four rehab games at Triple-A Pawtucket. “You miss being in the heat of battle out there on the field, playing against the Yankees and so forth.”

The Red Sox lost 6-3 on Tuesday—just their third defeat in nine games. Mark Bellhorn had two doubles and drove in two runs for Boston.

Vinny Castilla went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Todd Helton went 1-for-3 with RBIs for the Rockies, who snapped an eight-game losing streak.

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21-6 Record 11-12
3.26 ERA 5.51
203 K 133
35 BB 101
1.06 WHIP 1.70