Schilling shoots for win No. 15

Schilling shoots for win No. 15

Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, in what might be his final start of the season, will aim for win No. 15. This is Schilling's seventh attempt at his 15th victory; the big right-hander has gone 0-3 over his last six starts.

Schilling kicks off Boston's final homestand of the season, which features two games against the Devil Rays followed by three against the Orioles.

The Red Sox return home in third place in the American League East for the first time since April 4.

"We just need to go home and try to have a good last five games," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "That's the most we can do right now, so we'll try to do that. We're not leaving here on a very good note."

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (14-7, 4.07 ERA)
Schilling, pitching for the first time since suffering a strained muscle in his right side Aug. 30 in Oakland, held the Twins to one run and seven hits over five innings last Wednesday. He threw 104 pitches, 72 for strikes and didn't allow a run after Michael Cuddyer's RBI single in first.

TB: RHP Jason Hammel (0-4, 7.01 ERA)
Hammel suffered his fourth loss of the season in his last start Tuesday against the Orioles. The right-hander pitched well in the early going before a balk was called against him and he seemed to fall apart. Hammel has quality pitches, but while his fastball and changeup have served him well, he has struggled with command of his curveball.

Player to watch
Red Sox nemesis Carl Crawford is 14-for-43 (.326) lifetime vs. Schilling with four doubles and a homer.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

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

Up next
• Wednesday: Red Sox (RHP Josh Beckett, 16-10, 4.82) vs. Devil Rays (RHP Tim Corcoran, 4-9, 4.73), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Off-day
• Friday: Red Sox (RHP Julian Tavarez, 4-4, 4.52) vs. Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 15-10, 3.67), 7:05 p.m. ET

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