On Monday, Schilling will find himself on the other side of the annual battle of old Boston. Fans would be hard-pressed to find a pitcher who tormented the Boston Braves, who moved south via Milwaukee at mid-century, as much as much as Schilling has beleaguered the Atlanta bunch.
The names and faces of the youthful Braves have changed, but Schilling will recognize some of them. He pitched well in Interleague starts at Turner Field in 2004 and 2006, both Red Sox wins. He will certainly recognize the environs, where he has started 11 times, despite leaving the NL in 2003.
The Braves will counter with changeup artist Chuck James, who has largely carried over the momentum from his pleasing rookie campaign of 2006. James has never faced the Red Sox.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (6-3, 3.80 ERA)
Schilling is coming off one of his worst starts of the season against Colorado, in which he allowed six two-out runs. He has dazzled in his career at Turner Field, carrying a 7-3 record, 2.64 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings.
ATL: LHP Chuck James (5-6, 4.16 ERA)
James, whose fastball hovers in the high 80s, left the ball up against Minnesota in his last start. As a result, he was pounded; he yielded six runs, all earned, on nine hits and three homers. Before the debacle at the Metrodome, James had thrown quality starts in his previous three outings.
Player to watch
Atlanta's Chipper Jones, the only Brave with a modest track record of success against Schilling, just recently returned from the disabled list and will be making his first start at third base after three games as a DH in Minnesota and Cleveland. He has a .508 lifetime slugging percentage against Schilling in 59 career at-bats.
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Tuesday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 9-1, 3.39) at Braves (Tim Hudson, 6-4, 3.25), 7:35 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Red Sox (Julian Tavarez, 4-4, 4.97) at Braves (Buddy Carlyle, 1-1, 4.44), 7:35 p.m. ET