Around the Grapefruit League

Updated: March 4, 2007, 9:31 PM ET
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Boston Red Sox: Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, making his second spring start, worked on his changeup, a pitch he might add to his repertoire this season, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Schilling picked up the win after pitching 3 1/3 innings against the Twins. He walked one, struck out one and gave up two hits while throwing 48 pitches. He surrendered a solo homer to Michael Cuddyer in the fourth inning before leaving the game. He was unavailable for comment afterward.

"He used all of his pitches," Francona said of Schilling. "He wanted to use the changeup. I thought it enhanced his other pitches. He threw a couple every once in a while where it looked like he was trying to force the issue. He really hasn't thrown one over the course of his whole career."

But at age 40, Schilling wants to make a change, Francona said.

Elsewhere in the Grapefruit League:

Atlanta Braves: Chuck James is encouraged by his improving slider.

James allowed one run and three hits in two innings to lead the Atlanta Braves past a Los Angeles Dodgers split squad 4-1 on Sunday.

The left-hander threw his slider several times -- more than he usually does in an entire game.

"It's definitely coming around and it's actually breaking a little bit this year, so I have been working on location," James said. "It's nice to have that third pitch when your fastball isn't there."

Detroit Tigers: Kenny Rogers' scoreless streak ended Sunday.

Rogers, who didn't give up a run in 23 postseason innings for last year's AL champions, yielded two in his first spring outing.

The left-hander struggled a bit with his command. He hit one batter with a pitch and walked another while allowing one unearned run in the first inning. He gave up two hits and another run in the second, but avoided more trouble by getting Grady Sizemore to hit into a double play.

Houston Astros: Jason Lane is making an early push for playing time with the Houston Astros.

Lane went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk to send Houston to a 9-2 win over a Washington Nationals split squad on Sunday.

Lane, batting .363 with two homers and three RBIs this spring, faces a crowded competition for the right-field job. Also in the running are Luke Scott, Richard Hidalgo and 23-year-old Hunter Pence, who has five hits and four RBIs in eight at-bats.

Los Angeles Dodgers: SS Rafael Furcal didn't play in either of the Dodgers' split-squad games because of irritation in his right shoulder. Manager Grady Little said Furcal will take it easy the next few days as a precaution.

New York Mets: Mets pitcher Tom Glavine was expected to return to camp Monday after missing a couple of days for personal reasons.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya said the lefty's absence wasn't related to a medical condition.

"He's staying on schedule," Minaya said Sunday before the Mets played Baltimore. Glavine is set to start Tuesday against Houston.

Glavine, who turns 41 later this month, went 15-7 last season. He missed two weeks in late August because of a blood clot in his left shoulder -- doctors said it was the result of scar tissue from an old injury and not serious.

New York Yankees: Carl Pavano took a big step forward by simply staying healthy Sunday.

The oft-injured Yankees pitcher allowed one run in two innings during his first spring training start, and New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-5.

The right-hander was on the mound eight days after his left instep was bruised by a line drive during batting practice.

Also, New York closer Mariano Rivera will pitch for the first time this spring Monday against Detroit. LHP Kei Igawa will make his Yankees debut as the starter in the game against the Tigers.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Pirates OF Xavier Nady, whose spring training has been delayed by an inflamed intestine, was diagnosed with a viral infection, the least serious possibility. Nady had a colonoscopy Wednesday in Pittsburgh to determine if a chronic digestive disorder such as Crohn's disease might have been responsible for the intestinal problem that afflicted him shortly before spring training.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays: South Korean right-hander Jae Kuk Ryu was preparing to report to camp with the Chicago Cubs last month when he learned he had been traded to Tampa Bay for a pair of minor leaguers.

Devil Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey delivered the next big surprise Friday morning, informing Ryu that he would start Sunday against Toronto.

"I was like, 'You're kidding,'" the 23-year-old Ryu said after limiting the Blue Jays to a single in two shutout innings of Tampa Bay's 7-4 loss.

Ryu, who made nine of his 10 appearances for Chicago last year out of the bullpen, said he feels comfortable filling any role the Devil Rays have for him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.