Schilling, the hero of the "Bloody Sock" game in the '04 World Series, was not invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday in Boston. While the voyage to California is very much a business trip, Joe Kelly couldn't help but let out his inner kid as he arrived at Dodger Stadium on Friday. As we know, that lead would hold up and the Red Sox are up two games in the series.
For serious Red Sox fans the prospect of a Hollywood ending is a reality.
Martinez rolled his right ankle on a double in Game 1.
So, what's the difference between Game 2 and 3? Designated hitter David Ortiz, Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez and catcher Jason Varitek headlined the group, but one key player was conspicuously absent from the mound at Fenway Park, 2004 staff ace Curt Schilling.
The series shifts to pleasantly warm Los Angeles after two games in Boston's chill - weather that Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson suggested was partly to blame for his poor performance in both games. Other than that, Cora says Mookie Betts will not start Game 3 at second base.
Game 3 starts at 8 p.m. ET, and will air on Fox.
Thursday's travel day gives the Red Sox's formidable bullpen a chance to rest and recharge itself. But he rebounded with a strong 4 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' Game 7 victory in the National League Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The manager said Martinez would get more treatment Friday, and a decision would be made as game time approached.