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Schilling ready for return to Sox

Associated Press


Curt Schilling is ready to get back to Boston – and maybe face the New York Yankees.

But the Boston ace will have to wait until the Red Sox need him in his new role as a reliever.

Schilling pitched in back-to-back victories over the weekend for the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox at Syracuse, N.Y.

That could be his last rehab appearance, though there has been no official word from the Red Sox on whether he will be activated for a four-game series against the Yankees that starts Thursday.

“I feel good and ready to go,” Schilling said. “If they’re ready for me to get back, I’m ready to get back there. I hope to see action, maybe we’ll be ahead by a large enough score that I won’t be needed, but that’s the hope.”

World team blanks U.S.

Kansas City prospect Justin Huber hit a two-run double that earned him MVP honors, and Texas’ Edison Volquez, nicknamed “Little Pedro,” led a parade of dazzling pitchers that sent the World team to a 4-0 victory over the U.S. squad in the All-Star Futures game at Detroit.

Seattle’s Shin-Soo Choo, playing in this minor league showcase for the third time, hit the only home run at spacious Comerica Park to spark a World squad managed by former Detroit Tigers reliever Guillermo Hernandez, the 1984 A.L. MVP and Cy Young Award winner.

Winning the Futures game MVP is a good sign for Huber. All six previous winners are flourishing in the majors: Alfonso Soriano, Sean Burroughs, Toby Hall, Jose Reyes, Grady Sizemore and Aaron Hill.

Clearing the bases

Texas Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano missed the game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Arlington, Texas, to be with his wife in Panama for the upcoming birth of their third child. An American League All-Star, Soriano will fly to Detroit for Tuesday night’s game. … St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen pulled out of the All-Star game to rest a problematic right shoulder and was replaced by Houston’s Morgan Ensberg.

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