It's a rare thing to hear Curt Schilling say he's speechless, but that's the word the veteran used to describe his reaction to Josh Beckett's postgame comments Thursday.
"I guess I'm speechless after all of it, given every thing that has happened, given how last year ended, given all the things going on this year," Schilling on the Adam Jones Show on ESPN Radio.
According to Schilling, it is common practice for healthy pitchers to golf on their off days, but not after being scratched from a start.
"When I was healthy and I was playing in Arizona, Randy Johnson and I golfed every day we didn't pitch," said Schilling. "It was a way for me to keep myself healthy. It was the best thing I could possibly do the day after I pitched to keep my body loose and my arms and my back stretched. But with a physical ailment you never step on the course.
"You get paid a lot of money to throw a baseball and win baseball games, and that always has to be the focus."
The A.L. East-champion Red Sox, still fighting for playoff position, field their usual lineup as they open David Ortiz's final regular-season series tonight (7:10) against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox (92-67) are two games behind the Texas Rangers (94-65) in the race for the best record in the A.L., with the Cleveland Indians (91-67) a half-game behind Boston.
Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.11 ERA), the likely Game 1 starter in the ALDS, will try to add to his Cy Young Award resume tonight. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.53).
The Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles (both 87-72) are tied for the A.L. wild-card lead with the Detroit Tigers (85-73) 1 1/2 games back.
It’s the final regular season series for Oritz, with ceremonies planned to honor the retiring Red Sox DH prior to each of the final three game this weekend.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Brock Holt 3B
Mookie Betts RF
David Ortiz DH
Hanely Ramirez 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley CF
Sandy Leon C
Andrew Benintendi LF
Rick Porcello P
Eziquiel Carrera LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Jose Bautista RF
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Justin Smoak 1B
Kevin Pillar CF
Devon Travis 2B
Marco Estrada RHP