Josh Beckett's sore back probably will keep him from going to Japan with his teammates. Curt Schilling's ailing shoulder may not stop him from making the trip.
Barry Zito outpitched Curt Schilling on a day the Boston ace became the 14th pitcher with 3,000 career strikeouts and the A's beat the Red Sox 7-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
Mark Kotsay drove in two runs before Curt Schilling could get an out as the A's beat the Red Sox 6-2, cutting the Red Sox lead over the Yankess to one and a half games.
Curt Schilling epitomizes the kind of player Red Sox owner John Henry wants to see in a Boston uniform.