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In first start since mid-June, Schilling will face Mariners

BOSTON -- Curt Schilling is set to make his first start for
Boston in more than six weeks in Seattle on Sunday after recovering
from tendinitis in his right shoulder.


Schilling pitched seven shutout innings in his third rehab start
Tuesday night for Triple-A Pawtucket at Columbus.

"Schill's all set to go Sunday," Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said Wednesday. "The ball keeps coming out of his hand
like we want it to. It's been very successful. We'll be thrilled to
have him back."

Schilling was 6-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 15 starts when he went on
the disabled list on June 22, four days after he struggled against
the Atlanta Braves, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"I want to be in Boston," he said after his latest rehab
outing. "I answered every question I could answer. I'm healthy, I
feel good, I feel strong and I'm ready to go back and help them win
games."

Against Columbus he allowed four hits and no walks and struck
out four while throwing 60 of his 77 pitches for strikes.

In three rehab starts, Schilling worked 15 scoreless innings in
which he had 18 strikeouts.