Curt Schilling's ankle shouldn't be a problem when the AL Championship Series starts Tuesday. Neither should Tim Wakefield's time off.
Red Sox Manager Terry Francona will make sure of that.
Wakefield, who last pitched on Oct. 1 and may not pitch again until Game 4, will face hitters during Boston's workout today instead of just throwing to a catcher on the side. And Francona wants Schilling to take a painkilling shot before his probable start in Game 1.
The Red Sox advanced by completing a 3-0 sweep of Anaheim with an 8-6 win Friday. That gave them three days off before playing on the road against the New York Yankees or Minnesota Twins.
Francona said yesterday that Schilling has tendinitis in his right ankle, unrelated to the soreness he felt earlier this season that was treated with injections of the painkiller marcaine.
Schilling didn't use it in the division series opener when he went 62/3 innings in a 9-3 win. But Francona doesn't see a downside to the injection and thinks Schilling will get one before his next start.
"The thing that we don't want to have happen is, when he's out there pitching, have him feel it. I think that really bothers him mentally more than anything," Francona said. "If he goes back to the shots, which I think he's going to, he doesn't feel it."
Francona doesn't have to announce his roster for the next series until Tuesday, and he didn't announce his pitching rotation yesterday. But he did say he probably wouldn't start Schilling on three days rest.
The first-round starters -- Schilling, Pedro Martinez and Bronson Arroyo -- all pitched well. Wakefield would have pitched Saturday if the Angels had forced a Game 4.
Real Bragging Rights
Game 4 between Houston and Atlanta will provide a baseball version of the Red River Shootout: Oklahoma vs. Texas. Texas alumnus Roger Clemens pitches for the Astros today against Russ Ortiz, a former Sooner.
Clemens, the winning pitcher in the championship game of the 1983 College World Series for Texas, arrived at Minute Maid Park before Game 3 yesterday wearing a burnt orange University of Texas cap. It didn't work. Oklahoma won its fifth straight football game over the Longhorns, 12-0.
Ortiz, who played for the 1994 CWS champion Sooners, didn't even have an Oklahoma cap with him.
Hernandez Still Ailing
Orlando Hernandez's tired right arm felt better, but he's not sure when he'll be able to pitch again for the New York Yankees.
"I still don't feel as if I can help the team on the mound," he said through a translator before Game 4 with the Minnesota Twins.
Hernandez, coming off shoulder surgery in May 2003, won his first eight decisions after rejoining the Yankees at midseason, but he lost his final two and has been bothered by what he calls a "dead arm."
Asked if he could be ready to start if the Yankees advanced to the ALCS against Boston, Hernandez said he didn't know.
Scout Giuliani Dies
Angelo Giuliani, who was behind the plate for Joe DiMaggio's first at-bat in the majors and went on to sign Kent Hrbek as a Minnesota scout, died on Friday. He was 91.
Giuliani was a scout with the Washington Senators before the team moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins. He retired in 1987.
Giuliani played seven seasons in the majors as a catcher for the St. Louis Browns, the Senators and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1930s and early '40s. He caught the day DiMaggio debuted in 1936.