Schilling aims to shut down A's

Schilling aims to shut down A's

The third time was already a charm. Now it's time to see what the fourth has in store.

Curt Schilling looks to keep his winning ways going Tuesday against the Athletics, zeroing in on his fourth victory of the young season.

After a rough outing against New York on April 20, when Schilling gave up five runs to the Yankees, the right-hander came back to pitch seven innings of five-hit baseball against the Orioles on Wednesday.

A proven workhorse in the past, Schilling keeps piling up innings as he heads into Tuesday's start. He's pitched seven innings or more in his last four outings.

The Athletics counter Schilling and the Red Sox with Joe Blanton. The right-hander ran into some tough luck against the Mariners on Wednesday, when he pitched a six-hitter but came away with a loss.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (3-1, 3.27 ERA)
Schilling aims for his fourth win in his start against the Athletics. In his last outing, Schilling gave up one run on five hits over seven innings against Baltimore. The right-hander has been tough on the Athletics in the past, owning a 3-3 record and 3.75 ERA against them in 11 career games.

OAK: RHP Joe Blanton (2-1, 3.55 ERA)
Blanton is coming off of a tough six-hit game against the Mariners in which he came away the loser. Blanton struck out six and walked two in the game, giving up solo homers to Jose Guillen and Kenji Johjima.

Player to watch
Oakland catcher Jason Kendall has a lot of experience hitting against Schilling. In 65 career at-bats against the right-hander, Kendall has hit .292 with three homers and four doubles. Look for Kendall to be a pesky hitter against Schilling.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• WRKO 680 AM, WROL 950 AM (Español)

Up next
• Wednesday: Athletics (Chad Gaudin, 1-1, 2.54) at Red Sox(Josh Beckett, 5-0, 2.48), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Mariners (Horacio Ramirez, 2-1, 4.41) at Red Sox(Daisuke Matsuzaka, 3-2, 4.36), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 2-3, 2.59) at Twins(Carlos Silva, 2-1, 3.10), 8:10 p.m. ET

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.