Opening Day Nightmare

OPENING DAY NIGHTMARE

Red Sox starting pitcher Curt Schilling is despondent in the dugout after the bottom of the fourth inning, in which Kansas City scored three times off of him. It would be his last inning of the game.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

A Changeup for Schilling ...
Sox Ace is Finished After Four
While Sox Bats Are All Meched Up

Shaughnessy: 38 Not So Special
Schill Shaky, Royals Rock Sox, 7-1
89Pitches ... and Most of Them Hittable
A Fine Meche: Gil Worth Every Penny on Monday
Choke? Kaufman Is the Home of Six Straight Sox Losses
Papi Put Sox On Top, But That's It for Big Hits
33Pitches: It's a Long First Inning for the Big Blogger
In a Cloud of Dustin: Pedroia Makes Mirabelli Look Like Millar on Basepaths
Price Goes Down: So Schill Wants Gil Meche Money, Eh?
Wait a Second: Youk Gets a Mulligan Because He's One of the Few Offensive Weapons
Lugo at Leadoff? Julio's Not Going to Make Anyone Forget Johnny
What's Wrong? Was Curt Sampling the Schilling Schardonnay Today?
In Theo We Trust: Epstein Looks Like Einstein Today By Not Signing Curt Early
It Is What It Is: Coco and 'Tek Continue to Bottom Out
Okaji Debuts: Maybe Dice-K Needs a New Friend
Sox Back in Third Place

Extra Bases: It's a Wrap
Schilling: Launched MLB.TV Contest Today, Recaps Performance Tonight | Q&A X


Extra Bases: Harry Connick, Jr. and '67 Sox at Opener
Eric Wilbur: Opening Day Observations and Manny's Grill T-shirt
Survey: More Jogging, Less Blogging? Why Did Schill Struggle?
Sox Still Paying Braves: Renteria Homer (No. 2) Downs Phillies
Damon: Still Leading the Charge | Hanley: Our Best SS Keeps Hitting (4)
Hot Start for Trot: Nixon Has Big Debut for Indians
Gallery: Opening Day Nightmare Photos
Discuss: Are You Worried Yet?

Schilling at 38Pitches: 'Not Sure Where to Even Start ...'

"A huge bug for me last year was first pitch hits, which doesn’t happen until the final two hits in the fourth today. All five runs score with 2 outs. I had more than ample chances to make this a game, and never did. Inconsistent command and horrific execution cost us the game. When you are facing a guy like Gil certain things can make it easier or harder. He’ll walk some guys if you give your offense a chance. His stuff is so good that when offenses have to press against him, or their down and need to make something happen, he can eat you up. After the first he settled into a nice groove and executed. I never let us get into the game after the first. Every inning they pushed and I didn’t push back." -- Schill's postgame wrap at 38Pitches

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

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ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

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