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Schilling brings experience; Jimenez brings heat

October 25, 2007

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— Curt Schilling brings a wealth of postseason experience into Game 2 of the World Series tonight.

Ubaldo Jimenez? He totes a ton of playoff exuberance - along with a million-dollar smile and a 100 mph fastball.

The 40-year-old Schilling can't match Colorado's 23-year-old rookie on the radar gun, but he sports one of the best postseason resumes in baseball: 10-2 with 23 walks, 116 strikeouts and a 2.25 ERA.

"With the miles that have been put on his shoulder and the games he's pitched, he's not the guy that can pitch 96, 97 anymore," Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But he can still pitch very effectively and still navigate his way through some lineups."

After a trying 2007 season in which he went 9-8 and spent seven weeks on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder, Schilling went 2-0 in the AL playoffs with one walk, 12 strikeouts and a 3.38 ERA.

He twice faced Cleveland ace Rafael Carmona in the AL championship series, which he said gave him extra juice. He hopes to recapture that adrenaline rush in facing Jimenez, who isn't a household name yet.

"I'm probably just as worried when you face somebody that isn't well known," Schilling said Wednesday. "Because those end up being guys that everybody does know after a game like tomorrow. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about his stuff."

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