Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- He's been more style than substance since that October Sunday night at Fenway when he bled into his sock and established himself as superhero/ultimate warrior/Boston sports deity.

In the year and a half since that night, Curt Schilling appeared before Congress, sold a lot of trucks, and rendered opinions on everything from the Federal Reserve to the levees in New Orleans -- but he wasn't able to do much on the mound. He struggled to win eight games l...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In seven spring games against assorted minor leaguers, Boston College, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, not a single Curt Schilling pitch eclipsed 94 miles per hour, and few even touched that number. For three innings against the Texas Rangers yesterday, the big righthander again held steady, operating between 90 and 93.

And then, inexplicably, even to Schilling himself, it came, the stuff that made Schilling a power pitcher, not the guy who in camp was h...