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Schilling will be sidelined for Red Sox opener

March 20, 2005

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Curt Schilling will miss Boston's season opener at Yankee Stadium.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Schilling might sit out the first two weeks as he works his way back from offseason ankle surgery, setting up David Wells to start April 3 against his former team.

"I'm sure he'll rise to the occasion," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He loves that type of stage, and we just have to go out there and do the best we can and hope that we're better. It doesn't surprise me. He's got the experience."

New ace Randy Johnson is scheduled to pitch for New York.

Schilling will make his first start of spring training in a minor-league game Monday, and there was no word on when he would pitch against a major-league opponent.

There even is a possibility Schilling will open the season on the disabled list because the Red Sox have three days off early on and won't need a fifth starter until their 13th game, against Toronto on April 18 at home.

"We're going to have a four-man rotation through the 18th," Francona said in Fort Myers, Fla.

Schilling has said his ankle and arm weren't bothering him. But his mechanics aren't back to their pre-surgery level.

Orioles 8, Red Sox 0

At Fort Myers, Fla., Daniel Cabrera allowed one hit in five innings for Baltimore.

Tigers 10, Braves (ss) 7

At Lakeland, Fla., Andruw Jones homered twice and made two flashy plays in center field.

Devil Rays 6, Phillies (ss) 4

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Hideo Nomo pitched four innings without allowing an earned run.

Yankees (ss) 8, Indians (ss) 5

At Winter Haven, Fla., sore-armed Hideki Matsui hit two long home runs for New York.

Phillies (ss) 4, Braves (ss) 3

At Kissimmee, Fla., Atlanta starter John Thomson gave up one run and four hits in four innings.

Reds 4, Twins 1

At Sarasota, Fla., Ken Griffey Jr. made his first appearance on defense this year, playing center field for the first five innings.

Blue Jays 7, Astros 4

At Kissimmee, Fla., rookie starter Gustavo Chacin pitched four solid innings, and Toronto took advantage of six Houston errors.

Nationals 8, Indians (ss) 2

At Viera, Fla., Tomo Ohka pitched five strong innings, and Cristian Guzman had another good day at the plate for Washington.

Cardinals 6, Dodgers 2

At Jupiter, Fla., Albert Pujols hit his fourth home run, and Larry Walker also connected for his first hit in 12 at-bats this spring. He later added a single.

Mets 6, Marlins 0

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Andres Galarraga boosted his bid to win a backup job with the Mets, hitting a two-run homer and driving in three runs.

Pirates 5, Yankees (ss) 3

At Tampa, Fla., Jason Giambi made a diving play in his initial start at first base this spring. He also hit an RBI double.

Rockies 4, Athletics (ss) 3

At Tucson, Ariz., Charles Johnson hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning.

Athletics 11, Cubs (ss) 4

At Phoenix, Bobby Kielty homered and drove in five runs. Kielty has missed most of the spring because of a strained calf but has four hits in eight at-bats.

Diamondbacks 7, Mariners 5

At Peoria, Ariz., Aaron Sele threw one-hit ball for five innings. Sergio Santos hit a three-run home run for the Diamondbacks.

Angels 5, Rangers 3

At Surprise, Ariz., pitcher Chan Ho Park put together his third consecutive solid start, allowing three runs -- one earned -- in 42/3 innings for Texas.

Cubs (ss) 4, Brewers 2

At Mesa, Ariz., Carlos Zambrano struck out nine in six scoreless innings. He has worked 15 shutout innings this spring.

Padres (ss) 6, Giants 4

At Scottsdale, Ariz., San Francisco's Jerome Williams pitched for the first time in two weeks, and he didn't make it out of the third inning. He has missed much of the spring season to be with his ailing father in Hawaii.

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