Schilling set for matinee start

Schilling set for matinee start

Curt Schilling has two tough acts to follow.

For the first time in 90 years, the Red Sox enter a game at Fenway after posting consecutive 1-0 shutouts. Jon Lester (Tuesday) and Josh Beckett (Wednesday) each threw eight scoreless innings in their respective starts.

But the opponent for Thursday's matinee at Fenway figures to be a hard team to hold down. The Texas Rangers come calling in a make-up for the game originally scheduled to be played on May 14.

Schilling (11-3, 3.42) looks to join Beckett and Toronto's Roy Halladay as 12-game winners in the American League. Texas will counter with lefty John Rheinecker (4-4, 4.82).

The Red Sox gained a game on the Yankees on Wednesday, increasing their first-place lead to 1 1/2 games over New York as a result of Seattle's win in the Bronx on Wednesday.

Pitching matchup
TEX: LHP John Rheinecker (4-4, 4.82)
Rheinecker is 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA in his last six starts. He started against the Red Sox on June 10 in Fenway Park and allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings but was not involved in the decision as the Rangers rallied for a 7-4 victory. Right-handed batters are hitting .372 against him while left-handed hitters are hitting .178 off him. He has also struck out just 21 batters in 56 innings.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (11-3, 3.42 ERA)
Schilling was extraordinary in his last start against Oakland. He pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and striking out nine. His first victory of the season came against Texas on Opening Day, when he allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.

Player to watch
Jonathan Papelbon recorded his third save in as many days Wednesday, giving him 29 for the season. That ties him with Pittsburgh's Rich Loiselle for the fifth-most saves by a rookie in Major League history.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• 850 AM, WEEI, 950 AM, WROL (Español)

Up next
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 1-1, 10.03) at Mariners (LHP Jamie Moyer, 5-8, 3.75), 10:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox TBA at Mariners (RHP Felix Hernandez, 8-8, 4.89) 4:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-0, 2.38) at Mariners (LHP Jarrod Washburn, 4-10, 4.41), 4:05 p.m. ET

Mike Petraglia is a contributing reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.