Curt Schilling and Mark Buehrle are trying to pitch their respective teams into the postseason. They will face each other when the surging Boston Red Sox open a three-game series with the struggling Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Schilling, acquired from Arizona this past offseason to help Boston in its quest for its first World Series title since 1918, has lived up to his end of the bargain, posting a team-high 14 wins. The hard-throwing right-hander had gone winless in three straight starts at Fenway Park before earning a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Saturday.
Schilling yielded three runs and five hits over eight innings, striking out three and walking two. While he has been dominant at home, he is only 6-5 despite a 3.43 ERA on the road.
The Red Sox are tied with Texas for the lead in the AL wild-card race, with Anaheim lurking just one game back.
Buehrle, who leads Chicago with 11 victories, ended a four-start winless streak Sunday at Boston, yielding two runs over seven strong innings in a 5-4 victory. The left-hander struck out five and walked four for his first win since July 21 at Cleveland.
Buehrle had walked three just once in his previous 25 starts.
“I thought there were a couple of calls that could have gone my way,” Buehrle said. “I walked three in the first inning, but they didn’t score and that’s what counts.”
Buehrle has never lost to Boston, going 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in six career appearances, including five starts.
The White Sox remained five games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota after Thursday’s 8-4 loss to Detroit. The Twins suffered a 13-10 loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday.
Chicago dropped two of three to Detroit, slipping 6 1/2 games behind Boston and Texas in the wild-card race.
The Red Sox are coming off a three-game sweep of Toronto to climb a season-high 15 games above .500.