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Boston doesn't want to use ace

The Boston Red Sox will try to get Curt Schilling ready for another World Series start. They certainly hope they don't need to use him.

Pitching again with his damaged ankle tendon stitched down, Schilling led Boston to a 6-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday night. Needing only two more wins to clinch the title, the Red Sox hope they can close out the Cardinals before the right-hander's next scheduled start, in Game 6.

But Boston is planning ahead anyway.

Schilling limped through the clubhouse Monday, his ankle red and swollen. Marks from the sutures were visible, but the pitcher said he was fine.

Before Game 2, team physician Dr. Bill Morgan raised doubts about whether the unprecedented medical procedure could be performed on Schilling's ankle a third time without risking further damage.

"We need to examine him after the start, day after the start, two days after the start, first side session, see how he feels and see if there's a path possible, medical treatment that can get him out on the mound healthy with good mechanics so he can be effective," general manager Theo Epstein said. "If we can find that path, we'll take it, but if not we'll shut him down."

HOME SWEET HOME: The Cardinals are thrilled to be sleeping in their own beds again because their trip to Boston last weekend was frustrating in several ways. Not only did St. Louis lose the first two games of the World Series, the team's hotel was in Quincy, Mass., about a 30-minute drive from Fenway Park. Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was clearly angry about it.

"It was real disappointing," La Russa said. "That's why I suggested that we make the Boston hotel in Jefferson City (Mo.). Boston should have taken care of it."

Jefferson City, the capital of Missouri, is about 90 miles west of St. Louis. The home team is responsible for arranging accommodations for the visitors, and the Cardinals set up the Red Sox at a hotel only blocks from Busch Stadium this week.

The lowlight for La Russa came when the team bus arrived at the hotel around 2 a.m. on Sunday after an 11-9 loss in Game 1. The hotel arranged to keep the dining room open for the Cardinals' private use, but they weren't happy with the menu.

"We walked in there and there was pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers and wings," La Russa said. "So, that was our guys' first World Series experience."

MARQUIS MATCHUP: Cardinals right-hander Jason Marquis is still scheduled to start Game 4 on Wednesday night against Boston, even though he pitched in relief Sunday.

Marquis worked a scoreless seventh in Game 2, his first inning out of the bullpen this season. The team was not happy with his previous two starts in the postseason.

HIGHLY RATED: Boston's 6-2 victory Sunday got a 15.9 fast national rating and 24 share, the highest-rated Game 2 since Atlanta's 4-3 victory over Cleveland in 1995 got a 19.4/31.

Boston's 11-9 win in Saturday's opener got a 13.7 fast national rating, the highest for an opener since a 14.2/26 for Game 1 in 1999 between the New York Yankees and Atlanta.

The rating is the percentage of television households tuned to a telecast, and the share is the percentage tuned to a telecast among those households with televisions on at the time.