The veteran right-hander will pitch again with a sore ankle and try to give the slumping Boston Red Sox a strong outing when they face the Phillies in the finale of the teams’ interleague series at Fenway Park.
Schilling struck out 14 while pitching a two-hit shutout against the Phillies on May 14, 2003, while he was with Arizona. He had been 0-1 in six games against his former team.
Acquired from Arizona last offseason and signed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract, Schilling has pitched at least seven innings in 11 of his 15 starts. He has 93 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 105 innings this season.
Schilling’s sore right ankle has plagued him for much of the season, though it hasn’t prevented him from going 5-1 in his last seven starts. He’s 6-0 at Fenway Park, the first pitcher in the major leagues to win his first six home decisions this season.
He said he took two shots of marcaine to dull the pain in his ankle before his last start.
“It doesn’t bother me the nights I pitch,” Schilling said.
After Boston routed Philadelphia 12-1 in the rain-shortened opener Friday night, the Phillies bounced back with a 9-2 win in the middle game of the series on Saturday.
Jim Thome hit his major league-leading 26th homer and the Phillies took advantage of a season-high four Boston errors to score five unearned runs and hand the Red Sox their seventh loss in 11 games.
“We came out and kind of shot ourselves in the foot more than once,” Red Sox manager and former Phillies skipper Terry Francona said. “Played such a nice game last night and showed up today expecting to do the same. We made it a lot harder for ourselves the way we played today.”
Boston is 12-15 since May 27, and has lost 6 1/2 games to the New York Yankees in the AL East standings.