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Schilling looked stronger as game progressed

INDIANAPOLIS -- Curt Schilling gave up seven runs in six
innings in a rehabilitation start for Boston's Triple-A Pawtucket
farm team Thursday, then said he's ready to start for the Red Sox
next week against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

"I felt great," he said. "Going into today, I wanted to get
mentally ready. I stretched it out. No fatigue. I felt strong. I'm
going to go out and compete against the Yankees on Wednesday. I'll
be ready."

Schilling, recovering from offseason ankle surgery,
allowed 11 hits, including two solo homers, a triple and a double.
He struck out six and walked none, throwing 77 of 104 pitches for
strikes in a 7-5 loss to the Indianapolis Indians.

After throwing 47 pitches and struggling with left-handed
hitters in the first two innings, he retired 12 of his last 16
batters, striking out four.

"I felt fantastic in the bullpen," he said. "I thought I was
going to dominate. Sharpness-wise, I'm as ready as I always am at
this point. I'm very disappointed with the outcome of the game. I
gave up seven runs on 11 hits. There's nothing to be pleased about
that."

Schilling allowed homers to Edwards Guzman in the first inning
and to Ryan Doumit in the third. He threw strikes on 14 of his 17
pitches in the first inning but threw 18 balls and 18 strikes in
the second, giving up four runs and five hits. Yurendell de Caster
led off with a double, and Guzman hit a two-run single down the
right field line.

"The two home runs were both on pitches I wanted to throw, in
the spots I wanted to throw them," Schilling said. "The home runs
come from not knowing the hitters."

Schilling was sharper in the third inning, throwing five balls
and five strikes, and in the fourth, when he threw seven strikes
and two balls.

Nate McLouth got a fifth-inning triple when his sinking liner
skipped past left fielder Chip Ambres. Graham Koonce followed with
an RBI single, but Schilling finished the inning by striking out
the next two batters.