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Schilling throws 3,000th strikeout
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Boston ace Curt Schilling became the 14th pitcher in major league history to reach 3,000 strikeouts when he fanned Oakland's Nick Swisher in the first inning today.
The 39-year-old Schilling allowed a leadoff double to Jason Kendall before getting Swisher swinging for the milestone strikeout. His accomplishment was announced, and Schilling received a lengthy ovation. He stepped off the mound and tipped his hat.
Schilling is the first pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts since Greg Maddux fanned San Francisco's Omar Vizquel for No. 3,000 on July 26, 2005.
Swisher has struck out six times against Schilling, who has fanned 858 different batters in his 19-year big league career. Only once previously has a 3,000th strikeout been recorded in August, by Bert Blyleven on Aug. 1, 1986. Schilling has 552 lifetime strikeouts in the month of August.
Posted by Andrea Panciera at 4:16 PM | Permalink
Ortiz to remain hospitalized
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will remain at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston until Thursday as a precaution and for further tests on his heart.
Manager Terry Francona had not spoken with Ortiz as of this morning, but did speak with team internist Larry Ronan about the designated hitter's condition.
Ortiz felt heart palpitations earlier this month and again before Monday night's game in Oakland, where he was a late scratch from the lineup. He then returned to Boston for evaluation.
``Larry said he's had no more episodes. That's good,'' said Francona, who talked to his star player Tuesday. ``They're going to do more testing today and tomorrow. From my understanding, he's doing OK.''
Ortiz was admitted to a hospital on Aug. 19 for a full examination and tests. Based on the results of those findings, he was cleared to return when his condition had improved.
Posted by Rich Lee at 1:52 PM | Permalink