Schilling got his 3,000th career strikeout (Nick Swisher, 1st inning), but allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5.1 innings.
Eric Hinske and Dustin Pedroia drove in today's runs; for Pedroia, it was #1 of his major league career. Every starter got a hit except for Alex Cora. Jonathan Papelbon pitched the bottom of the eighth, his first appearance in six days.
Coco Crisp hurt his wrist on a dive last night, so he was out of the lineup today.
New York won this afternoon 2-0, so Boston is 8.5 GB in the all-but-decided AL East. Toronto is 10 GB with a chance to close within one game of the Sox before the big battle-for-second begins tomorrow night. (The Red Sox are 7 GB the White Sox for the wild card.)
Trivia for those who didn't watch the game: Which player was the 3,000th strikeout victim for two different pitchers? (Answer later in comments.)
Curt Schilling (3.95) / Barry Zito (3.64), 3:30 PM
Schilling's first strikeout this afternoon will be the 3,000th of his career, making him the 14th pitcher to reach that lofty total.
On his BB/K ratio (only 683 career walks): "That's huge; that's bigger. I don't know where I'll fall on that scale as far as how many walks people have when they got to 3,000, but I'd imagine I'll be close up there. ... Earlier in my career, the two guys I wanted to emulate were Clemens and Maddux. I wanted Clemens's power with Maddux's control. I never quite got to either one of them, but I felt like I was kind of a mishmash of the two in some cases."
Schilling will have the best ratio (easily) among members of the 3,000K club.
K BB K/BBThe Red Sox have lost Schilling's past four starts. ... Since the Yankees series, Boston has scored an average of 2 runs per game (9 games, 18 runs); the Red Sox have scored a mere 9 runs in their last 6 games.
Nolan Ryan 5714 2795 2.04
Roger Clemens 4566 1536 2.97
Randy Johnson 4509 1402 3.21
Steve Carlton 4136 1833 2.25
Bert Blyleven 3701 1322 2.79
Tom Seaver 3640 1390 2.61
Don Sutton 3574 1343 2.66
Gaylord Perry 3534 1379 2.56
Walter Johnson 3509 1363 2.57
Phil Niekro 3342 1809 1.84
Fergie Jenkins 3192 997 3.20
Bob Gibson 3117 1336 2.33
Greg Maddux 3148 936 3.36
Curt Schilling 2999 683 4.39
Pedro Martinez 2986 697 4.28
Zito took a no-hitter into the eighth inning last Friday in Texas, finishing with 8.1 innings and two hits allowed.
Yankees-Tigers play a day-night DH in the Bronx (1 PM, 7 PM). Royals-Twins at 1PM and Devil Rays-White Sox at 2 PM.