The Red Sox waited 86 years for the World Series title that Curt Schilling helped deliver last fall. Now they might have to wait a little longer for Schilling to come back and try it again.
The right-hander struggled last night in what was supposed to be his final rehab outing before returning to the big league rotation, allowing five runs and eight hits in five innings for Boston's Class AAA team in Pawtucket, R.I. He was scheduled to fly to Texas to join the Red Sox after the game and meet with team management today to debate his next step.
"When I come back, I don't want it to be a baby-sitting thing," Schilling said, noting that Boston is in first place without him.
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Schilling's schedule. But Schilling's performance could make the team rethink plans for him to return against the Orioles in Baltimore on Saturday.
That could push him back to the series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park after the all-star break.
"We'll meet [today] and go from there," Schilling said. "I didn't pitch well. I did a lot of things wrong today. It's frustrating."
* PUT ME IN, COACH: White Sox teammates Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland have an extra incentive for wanting to start in next week's All-Star Game: Each would get an additional $10,000 if picked by AL Manager Terry Francona.
Buehrle and Garland both earned $15,000 bonuses when they were selected for the all-star team and they would get the additional money if they're in the starting lineup, according to a survey of contract terms by the Associated Press.
Forty-eight of the 62 all-stars earned a total of $2.26 million in bonuses, up from 43 players earning $2.05 million in bonuses among last year's original all-star picks.
Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who has baseball's richest contract at $252 million over 10 years, earned a $100,000 bonus, as did Angels OFs Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero, and RHP Bartolo Colon.
* COVER BOYS: Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez and former Tiger and Hall of Famer Al Kaline will be featured on covers of the All-Star Game program.
-- From News Services