ALCS notebook

Ankle injury throws off Schilling

Red Sox ace casts doubt on status for rest of series

Baseball

October 13, 2004|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

NEW YORK - Admitting his injured right ankle was a factor in the worst postseason performance of his career, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling left open the possibility last night that he won't pitch again in the American League Championship Series.

"If I can't go out there with something better than I had today, I'm not going out there," Schilling said. "This is not about me. It's about us going for the world championship."

Schilling was rocked for six runs in three innings in the New York Yankees' 10-7 victory over the Red Sox in Game 1. The Red Sox had originally planned to pitch him again in Game 5.

Schilling was 6-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 12 previous postseason starts, and he was a main reason the Red Sox were picked as favorites to win this series.

But he tweaked the ankle in a start against the Orioles last month and appeared to aggravate the injury in his Game 1 victory in the AL Division Series against the Anaheim Angels.

The Red Sox tried treating the ankle with a pain-killing shot, but Schilling clearly wasn't himself last night.

"I don't feel anything [in the ankle] right now," Schilling said. "My ankle was popping, so to speak. It causes you, in a nutshell, to think about other things beside your pitches. It's something we have to deal with, and we did deal with it, but tonight it didn't work."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona used Tim Wakefield, his projected Game 4 starter, in relief last night, throwing the Boston pitching rotation out of whack. Asked if he would consider using Derek Lowe if Schilling can't pitch again in this series, Francona said, "You're getting way ahead of me."

Martinez keeps quiet

Pedro Martinez declined to participate in the customary news conference for the next game's starting pitcher yesterday. The Red Sox sent the affable Kevin Millar in his place, and he repeatedly filled the room with laughter.

Millar said it would be unwise for anybody to underestimate Martinez heading into Game 2. After losing four straight regular-season starts for the first time in his career, Martinez held the Angels to three runs in seven innings to win Game 2 of the Division Series.

"Pedro is one of the best big-game pitchers out there," Millar said. "We have as much confidence in him as ever. ... I would not want anybody on the mound in Game 2 other than Pedro Martinez - because I'm his daddy."

That comment was made in reference to Martinez's infamous quote after getting clobbered by the Yankees on Sept. 24: "What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy."

Hernandez progresses

The Yankees will go with Jon Lieber in Game 2 and Kevin Brown in Game 3, and manager Joe Torre said he would wait until tomorrow in Boston to announce whether Orlando Hernandez will start Game 4.

Hernandez tested his ailing right shoulder in a 60-pitch mound session Monday.

"Everything seems to be fine," Torre said.

Yankees vs. Red Sox(New York leads series 1-0)

Last night: N.Y. 10, Boston 7

Tonight: Boston (Martinez 16-9) at New York (Lieber 14-8), 8:19 p.m., chs. 45, 5

Friday: N.Y. (Brown 10-6) at Boston (Arroyo 10-9), 8:19 p.m.

Saturday: New York (Hernandez 8-2 or Vazquez 14-10) at Boston (Wakefield 12-10), 8:10 p.m.

*Sunday: New York at Boston, 8:15 p.m.

*Tuesday: Boston at New York, 8:19 p.m.

*Next Wednesday: Boston at New York, 8:19 p.m.

* if necessary

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