ATLANTA (AP) -After getting roughed up in two straight starts, Red Sox starter Curt Schilling was sent back to Boston to get an MRI exam on his right shoulder.
Schilling nearly pitched a no-hitter at Oakland on June 7, giving up a two-out single to Shannon Stewart in the ninth inning.
But the right-hander hasn't looked the same in his last two outings, giving up 11 earned runs and 19 hits in 9 1-3 innings. He was hit hard Monday night by the Atlanta Braves, who said Schilling lacked his usual velocity in a 9-4 loss.
Taking no chances, the Red Sox sent Schilling back to Boston to get checked out by the team's medical director, Dr. Thomas J. Gill.
``The ball didn't come out of his hand too well,'' manager Terry Francona said. ``He didn't complain of pain or anything. The ball just wasn't coming out.''
Schilling, who ranks 14th on the career strikeout list, failed to fan anyone Monday night - the first time that's happened in one of his starts since 1993.
``It's embarrassing,'' Schilling said. ``I never gave us a chance. You want to walk around the room and apologize to everybody. Your manager, your teammates, fans. There's no excuse for a game like that.''

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