Guillen reasoned that he did not pick Schilling because Schilling would only
be available to throw a limited number of pitches on Tuesday after his start
on Sunday. Guillen also had to worry about making sure every team had at
least one representative on the team.
Contreras, on the other hand, will be making the trip to Pittsburgh for
Tuesday's All-Star Game after going into Sunday's game 9-0 with a 3.31 ERA
and the aforementioned 17-game regular-season winning streak.
Because of Contreras' status as a former Yankee, Schilling has seen a lot of
Contreras, and has noticed vast improvement.
"He's just matured into a good pitcher," Schilling said. "He's not even
remotely what he was in New York. I think a lot of that is confidence, the
way he pitches, his mound presence is better and it's showing."
If the Sox get swept, it will be the first time this season -- a negative
note to end the first half on.
"If we get swept, the earth will end I guess," first baseman Paul Konerko
said with a smile. "We'll have to regroup. We'll need the whole All-Star
break to put ourselves back together. We'll go out and play hard, that's all
you can do."
"Tomorrow's game is going to be the biggest it can be," Guillen said. "Going into the All-Star break, hopefully, we win tomorrow and
then get a little refresher."
The Sox return to action after the All-Star break with a three-game series
against the Yankees in New York.
BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (10-3, 3.63 ERA)
Schilling threw seven innings, but allowed three home runs against the Rays
in a 4-3 loss Tuesday. The outing marked just the fourth time in 18 starts
that Schilling has allowed four or more runs. Still, the 39-year-old has
gone deep into games consistently, recording less than six innings just
twice this year. He's 2-0 at U.S. Cellular Field, with a 0.90 ERA in three
career appearances. Overall, Schilling is 3-1 against the White Sox with a
4.01 ERA in 10 career games.
CWS: RHP Jose Contreras (9-0, 3.31 ERA)
The streak of consecutive regular-season winning decisions has now reached
17 straight for the big right-hander, after pitching 6 2/3 scoreless innings
during the White Sox 13-0 victory over Baltimore on Tuesday. But the true
test for Contreras to extend that streak comes against the Red Sox, a team which he struggled mightily against while
with the Yankees. Contreras' regular-season run does not include a victory
over Boston, and he has a 2-4 record with an 11.67 ERA lifetime against the
Player to watch
Coco Crisp is batting .357 against Contreras in 14 at-bats. Crisp snapped an
0-for-23 streak Friday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and then 2-for-5 Saturday.
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