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Schilling reaches 3,000 career strikeouts

Updated: August 31, 2006, 1:56 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- With a handful of ailing teammates back home in Boston and one in the hospital, Curt Schilling had a tough time celebrating his latest pitching feat.

The Boston ace became the 14th pitcher in major-league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts Wednesday when he fanned Oakland's Nick Swisher in the first inning of the Red Sox's 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

"It's very bittersweet," Schilling said after Boston lost its sixth straight game and 12th in 14. "This ...

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