BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from his job as an analyst for ESPN after his video gaming company filed for bankruptcy.
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says on Twitter that the network and retired pitcher "mutually agreed" to the leave as he works through "his business issues." He says Schilling is expected to return to the air later this season.
Schilling's 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a 75 million loan guarantee deal from the state of Rhode Island.
The three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox was hired by ESPN two years ago.
The Red Sox (93-67) look to close in on the No. 2 seed in the A.L. playoffs and home-field advantage in the Division Series with the Cleveland Indians (92-67) with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.68 ERA) to the mound against left-hander J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.20). Rodriguez is expected to pitch either Game 3 or 4 of the Division Series against the Indians next week.
If both teams finish with 94 wins, the Red Sox hold the tiebreaker over the Indians, based on Boston winning the season series, 4-2. The Indians may have to play a makeup game Monday with the Detroit Tigers.
The Jays are a game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the top A.L. wild-card spot and hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the second wild-card spot.
Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts moves back to his customary No. 2 spot in the batting order after hitting sixth Friday night. Right-handed hitting Aaron Hill is at third base and Christian Vazquez catches for Boston.
There will be the second of three ceremonies this weekend to honor retiring Red Sox DH David Ortiz before the game.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Aaron Hill 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
Devon Travis 2B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Jose Bautista DH
Russell Martin C
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Melvin Upton LF
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezequiel Carrera RF
J.A. Happ LHP
Lou Merloni and Dan Shaughnessy discuss Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello's chance of winning the CY Young award and if his performance on Friday may have lost his chances.