- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

12:07 p.m.

BOSTON - Curt Schilling said today that he will not retire at the end of the 2007 season as previously indicated and plans to pitch for the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

The 40-year-old Schilling made his comments on WEEI-AM radio and confirmed them to Associated Press.

The right-hander’s contract with the Red Sox ends after the 2007 season, but he said he was in discussions for an extension. If he can’t work out a deal in Boston, he will pitch for another team — but not the New York Yankees.

“I’m in discussions with the Red Sox; we had talked last week, and there’s a lot going on obviously right now, but where I’m going to play beyond 2007 … I hope it’s Boston,” he told the radio station. “This is where I want to play, and in the days leading up to spring training we’ll figure it out one way or the other. If I go into this season without a contract from the Red Sox, then I will go out and find a home for 2008.”

Schilling told the station he decided to play beyond the 2007 season after discussions with his family.

He was 15-7 with a 3.97 ERA last season, striking out 183 and walking 28 in 204 innings.

He is 207-138 with a 3.44 ERA in a 19-year career with stops in Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston, where he has played the past three seasons.

Schilling, 21-6 in 2004, had a detached tendon in his right ankle temporarily sutured into place so he could pitch in the playoffs, helping the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918. The ankle was repaired surgically after the season.

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