Schilling's shot at a complete game was derailed in the seventh. He allowed only a two-out walk, but needed 28 pitches. After the eighth, he was at 103 (8-4-0-1-4). Brendan Donnelly pitched the ninth. (box)
Eric Hinske got the offense going with a triple in the second inning. He and JD Drew scored on a fielding error by Gary Matthews in center. A wild pitch scored the 3rd run in the following inning.
With two outs in the sixth, Julio Lugo walked and stole second. Hinske walked (and finished the day with a triple, single, two walks and three runs scored). Then David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez stroked RBI singles. Papi belted a three-run tater to dead center in the 8th.
The Tigers topped the Blue Jays 10-7, so we're back in first place. The Yankees are floundering in 4th.
Hector Carrasco / Curt Schilling, 4 PM
Eric Hinske starts at first base, batting 2nd. ... Carrasco gets the start as Kelvim Escobar was put on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder irritation.
MLB.com's Tom Singer has a nice piece on Papelbon's apperance last night. It begins:
Four years later, Bill James' message is finally getting through.Singer refers to James as "the renowned baseball numbers-cruncher", although James is nothing of the kind. But I'm nitpicking -- stuff like this is still good to see.
(If Singer had mentioned that what happened last night is what ignorant people deride as "bullpen by committee", I would have been really thrilled.)