While a spinning mass of cold and wet weather begins to form, threatening Monday’s Boston Marathon and early Sox game, for today we get a touch of sun. And, Curt Schilling. Schilling looks to follow his fine second start with a similar effort, building continued momentum for a starting rotation that is beginning to look like the real deal. Enjoy this game and this thread: it might be the last one for a little while. For those Sox fans based in NYC, it’s a Fox game, so tune in.
Lineups (and editorial comments/statlets via Nick Cafardo and the Globe) after the jump.
SS Julio Lugo: .324, second on team.
1B Eric Hinske: Comes into the game with a 12-game hitting streak dating back to Sept. 14 of last season.
DH David Ortiz: 0-for-3 vs. Hector Carrasco.
LF Manny Ramirez: On a 2-for-17 spell. He’s 7-for-14 vs. Carrasco.
RF J.D. Drew: 13-game hitting streak.
3B Mike Lowell: Five of his nine hits have been doubles. 0-for-6 against Carrasco.
C Jason Varitek: 2-for-6 with a homer vs. Carrasco.
CF Coco Crisp: 0-for-8 in his last two games. Francona said he’s sticking with him.
2B Dustin Pedroia: Snapped a 0-for-14 with a sixth-inning single Friday night.
P Curt Schilling: 4-1, 3.44 in nine career games vs. Angels. Lost to Halo’s on July 30 at Fenway (six runs, 10 hits in five innings in a 10-4 loss).
CF Gary Matthews: He’s a horrible 4-21 (.190) vs. Schilling.
SS Orlando Cabrera: .294 with a homer vs. Schilling.
RF Vlad Guerrero: .278, five homers vs. Schil.
LF Garrett Anderson: .214, one homer vs. Schil.
DH Shea Hillenbrand: 3-for-8 against Schilling.
1B Casey Kotchman: 1-for-1 vs. Curt.
2B Howie Kendrick: 1-for-2 vs. Schil.
C Benji Molina: never faced Schilling.
3B Maicer Izturis: 1-for-3 vs. Curt.
P Hector Carrasco: This is his 24th appearnce against Boston. 1-2, 2.14 ERa, 29 strikeouts in 33-2/3 innings