BOSTON — Boston ace Curt Schilling will not start Game 5 of the AL championship series Sunday because of an injured right ankle, though it's possible he could return later in the series.
Derek Lowe will start in his place — unless the schedule is pushed back by rain that is forecast for Game 3 tonight. The New York Yankees lead the Red Sox 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
"We need to get to Game 5," Boston manager Terry Francona said, "but, yeah, it's Derek."
Schilling, who led the major leagues with 21 wins, lasted just three innings and 58 pitches while allowing six runs in Boston's 10-7 loss to the Yankees in Tuesday night's opener. It was his poorest postseason performance since 1993.
"This team wasn't built around one player. We're fine," Boston first baseman Kevin Millar said. "This is where heroes are made."
EL DUQUE'S READY: Orlando Hernandez is healthy, happy and determined to give the New York Yankees another outstanding start in the postseason.
Sidelined since Oct. 1 with a tired right shoulder, El Duque will get the ball in Game 4 of the AL championship series against Boston on Saturday at Fenway Park — weather permitting.
Kevin Brown is scheduled to start that one for the Yankees, who are trying to take a 3-0 lead over the rival Red Sox in the best-of-seven series. And while a rainout could bump Brown's start back and delay the return of Hernandez, the most important thing for New York is that he's finally well enough to pitch.
"I feel happy that I feel much better than last week," a smiling Hernandez said Thursday after most of the Yankees' workout was washed away by rain.
CAMERA SHY: New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada won't stomp on Fox's Diamond Cam anymore.
The lipstick-sized camera was planted in front of home plate during the opener of the AL championship series Tuesday night, and Posada thought it left a hole in the dirt large enough to affect a bunt play or a throw from the outfield.
So he kicked dirt over the lens, preventing Fox from showing viewers the unique angle. A worker cleared the dirt, but that only made it much worse, according to Posada.
"The second time they came and made a big mess," he said Thursday. "The hole was even bigger — so I buried 'em."
That's when he stomped on the camera and broke it. Fox and the commissioner's office weren't happy, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman spoke with Posada. The All-Star catcher said the network did a very good job of hiding the camera in Game 2.
"I don't feel good about it. This is where I play. This is my area. I take care of it," Posada said.
THE LOWE-DOWN: Derek Lowe doesn't see any problem if he starts Game 5 after being relegated to the bullpen in the playoffs.
"Piece of cake," he said. "If you look at my career, there's really not a role I haven't done."
Barring a rainout in any of the three games at Fenway Park — or a four-game sweep by the Yankees — Lowe would start Sunday after being inconsistent during the regular season. He started poorly, struggled at the end and was left out of the postseason rotation after going 14-12 with a 5.42 ERA.
This year, he made just one playoff appearance in relief and picked up the win when Boston beat Anaheim 8-6 last Friday night to complete its three-game sweep of the ALDS.
WHO'S YOUR DADDY? Kelly Olerud was at Yankee Stadium and watched her husband, John, hit a big home run for the New York Yankees in their 3-1 win on Wednesday night, then gave birth to their third child Thursday morning. Jessica Olerud weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces when she was born at about 7 a.m.
During the game, the Yankee Stadium crowd chanted "Who's Your Daddy?" at pitcher Pedro Martinez. After losing his last regular-season appearance against the Yankees, Martinez called them his "daddy" because they beat him so much.
Olerud helped them do that with a two-run homer in the sixth off Martinez that made the score 3-0.
DETERMINED DAMON: Slumping Red Sox leadoff hitter Johnny Damon is hoping to break out of a horrible slump that's come at a bad time. In the first two games of the ALCS, he went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts.
"As much as I can figure out in batting practice today, I still have to figure it out in a game," he said.
Damon scored 123 of Boston's major league-high 949 runs this season and started many scoring rallies with Mark Bellhorn, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz following him in the lineup.
"When I go (well), Bellhorn goes and when we go, it seems the whole team goes," he said.