Schilling goes for his 16th win as the Boston Red Sox play the Blue Jays at Sky Dome for the final time this season.
The veteran right-hander has been as good as advertised for Boston, going 15-6 with a 3.45 ERA to put him in the running for the AL Cy Young award. Schilling is looking to join Oakland’s Mark Mulder (17-4) as the only other AL pitcher with at least 16 wins.
The 37-year-old hurler has struggled against the woeful Blue Jays, going 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in three starts against Toronto this season. He’s 1-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 games career against Toronto, including eight starts.
The Red Sox have won seven of their last eight games to pull within 6 1/2 games of the New York Yankees for first place in the AL East.
Doug Mirabelli hit a go-ahead three-run homer as Boston beat the Blue Jays 5-4 on Tuesday.
Mirabelli is Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher, but he’s also Boston’s everyday starter this week while Jason Varitek serves a four-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl with the Yankees last month.
Manny Ramirez continue his hot streak at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two RBIs Tuesday. Ramirez has three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last five games. He leads the Red Sox with 33 homers and is second on the team with 100 RBIs.
Orlando Hudson homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who won their previous four games.
Toronto centerfielder Vernon Wells missed Tuesday’s game with tightness in his right calf. He missed 24 games earlier this season with an injured right calf.
“He should be fine,” interim manager John Gibbons said. “It will be a couple of days.”
The Blue Jays are 5-13 against Boston this season.