Schilling returns to the mound vs. Twins

Schilling returns to stop pennant-chasing Twins

Red Sox ace Curt Schilling returns to the mound for Wednesday night's contest against the Twins after missing three starts with a strained lat muscle.

Schilling tuned up by throwing 76 pitches in a simulated game in Baltimore last week.

How deep will Schilling go in his first start since Aug. 30?

"We'll see how he's doing," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "Some of it is going to be how much he labors and if he stays in his delivery."

Boston's postseason hopes are fading fast. A Yankees victory over Toronto on Wednesday will eliminate the Red Sox in the American League East. Boston could also eliminate themselves with a loss. The Red Sox trail the Twins by 8 1/2 games in the Wild Card standings and need to win one of the next two games to avoid elimination in that race.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (14-7, 4.13 ERA)
Schilling is 0-3 in his last five starts, which have been an elusive quest for win No. 15. In his last outing, Schilling became the 14th pitcher in history to record 3,000 strikeouts. Schilling took a no-decision in his only previous start against the Twins this season, giving up six hits and a run over eight innings while striking out five.

MIN: RHP Boof Bonser (5-5, 4.52 ERA)
Bonser got a no-decision in his last start against the Indians, but he gave manager Ron Gardenhire what he wanted by pitching into the sixth inning. Bonser was pulled with two runners on and a 4-1 lead, but Jesse Crain gave up a three-run homer to Andy Marte that tied the game. Bonser struck out six and allowed five hits.

Player to watch
David Ortiz is one homer shy of tying Jimmie Foxx for the all-time team record of 50, set in 1938.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

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

Up next
• Thursday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 15-10, 5.02) vs. Twins (LHP Johan Santana, 18-5, 2.77), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 3-4, 4.89) at Blue Jays (LHP Ted Lilly, 14-12, 4.44), 7:07 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Red Sox (RHP Devern Hansack, 8-7, 3.26 at Double-A Portland) at Blue Jays (LHP Gustavo Chacin, 8-3, 4.87), 4:07 p.m. ET

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