Curt Schilling used to match victories with Randy Johnson, and, for one memorable and historic season, Pedro Martinez. Now Josh Beckett is the teammate that keeps Schilling striving for more.
One day after Beckett posted win No. 13 over the A's, Schilling will try to do the exact same thing.
Schilling has won his last two starts and his been Boston's best starting pitcher all year.
The Red Sox are 2-2 on this six-game road trip through Seattle and Oakland. Boston knows how precious wins are right now.
"In our division, the way the American League is working right now, you've got to win a lot of games because there's a lot of teams that are fighting to win the division and going for the Wild Card," said Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (12-3, 3.50 ERA)
Schilling heads to the mound with momentum after his last win, a seven-inning effort against the Rangers on Thursday. He allowed a season-high 10 hits and four runs, but walked just one while striking out six. Schilling has worked at least seven innings in four of his past five starts and has gone at least six in each of his last 12 starts. The last time Schilling faced Oakland, he shut out the A's on two hits over seven innings in a 7-0 win July 15 at Fenway Park.
OAK: RHP Jason Windsor (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
Windsor's two-out throwing error led to two unearned runs, and the A's 0-for-11 performance with runners in scoring position cost the right-hander a victory in his first Major League start on July 17. Windsor allowed five hits and walked three before leaving after five innings with a pitch count of 86.
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Right fielder Trot Nixon comes in rested after not starting the last two games against left-handed pitchers.
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Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Kyle Snyder, 2-1, 7.02) at Athletics (RHP Dan Haren, 6-9, 4.02), 3:35 p.m. ET
Friday: Red Sox (LHP Jon Lester, 5-0, 3.04) vs. Angels (RHP Kelvim Escobar 6-9, 3.88), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 13-5, 4.77) vs. Angels (RHP Jered Weaver, 7-0, 1.15), 1:20 p.m. ET
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.