BOSTON (AP) -Curt Schilling and Fausto Carmona would both like to forget about the last time they faced each other.
Neither pitcher made it out of the fifth inning in Game 2 of the AL championship series. Only one of them is happy to have another chance in this round: The Red Sox forced a sixth game on Saturday night by averting elimination in Cleveland.
And that means Schilling and Carmona will go at it again.
``It's very simple now: I go out and do my job tomorrow and we win, or I don't and we lose,'' Schilling said by a speakerphone set up in the Fenway Park interview room and broadcast by satellite to the far reaches of the globe. ``I don't think that that's too much pressure or too little. It's just reality.
``We put ourselves in this position, and I helped put us in this position, for better or worse. I've got the ball tomorrow, and if I can do what I know I'm capable of doing and I can execute, we can win. And if I don't, then it's going to be very, very tough.''
The Red Sox need Schilling to pitch better than he did in his last outing, when he gave up five runs in 4 2-3 innings - the second-worst postseason start of his career. The worst was in Game 2 of the '04 ALCS against the Yankees, but what he did next is now legendary.
With his ankle tendon sutured in place and blood seeping out of his stitches, he held the Yankees to one run over seven innings to force a decisive seventh game. After Boston won that one, Schilling repeated the procedure with six solid innings against the St. Louis Cardinals to put the Red Sox on the road to a World Series sweep.
``He really shouldn't have pitched,'' Boston manager Terry Francona said Friday before putting the team's season in Schilling's hands again. ``And I can't remember one moment ever thinking he wouldn't pitch. And not only that, but that he wouldn't win. And it probably wasn't fair. So I guess that kind of sums up how I feel about Schill.''
And that more than sums up the Red Sox attitude about having Schilling standing between them and elimination.
``He won't panic. He wanted the ball three days ago. It's good for us,'' catcher Jason Varitek said. ``I honestly thought he pitched better than his linescore. He gave up a three-run homer. That was the big one.''
Before losing to the Yankees in '04, Schilling hadn't lost a postseason game since the 1993 Series, when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1-3 innings for Philadelphia against Toronto; his next start was a five-hit shutout. In his career, Schilling is 9-2 with a 2.23 ERA in the postseason.
``He's had a tremendous career, and a tremendous postseason career. I think that's well-documented,'' Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. ``You could just go ahead and put that on the side, because the only thing that matters is (Saturday) night.''
The Indians chose not to work out on Friday after flying to Boston; the Red Sox returned to Fenway Park after Thursday's game and had an optional workout.
``We weren't going to the ballpark expecting to lose,'' Wedge said. ``We were going to the ballpark expecting to win, so if it didn't come out we were going to come in today.''
Wedge said Carmona's problem in Game 2 was trying to be too precise with his pitches instead of sticking with the form that enabled him to win 19 games in the regular season. The 23-year-old right-hander, who flopped out of the closer's role in a 2006 visit to Fenway, said he wasn't worried about pitching in a hostile park or facing one of the best postseason pitchers in baseball history.
``I'm not going to be intimidated by anything,'' Carmona said. ``I'm not thinking even about Schilling. I'm thinking about the hitters that I've got to face.''
There could be some changes there, too.
With Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew struggling, the Red Sox could insert rookie Jacoby Ellsbury into the outfield for the first time in the playoffs. Francona said he hadn't decided on a lineup yet, but he acknowledged that Crisp is struggling.
Crisp was one of a handful of players who took part in Friday's optional workout, but he declined comment when approached by reporters. Because of the intermittent rain showers, the field was covered and those players wanting to hit worked out in a batting cage.
Potential Game 7 starter Daisuke Matsuzaka played long toss in the outfield. The Red Sox will only need him if Schilling gives them a chance to win Game 6.
``We've got a guy going against us who I don't envision will back up that last start with another bad one,'' Schilling said. ``So it's all about me being able to answer the bell and us being able to manufacture some runs against one of the best pitchers in the game.''

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