Carrasco fills in for ailing Escobar

Carrasco fills in for ailing Escobar

With Kelvim Escobar placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder irritation, emergency starter Hector Carrasco gets the call for the Angels on Saturday against Boston ace Curt Schilling at Fenway Park.

Normally a middle reliever, Carrasco is making his first start of the season and the 10th of his long career -- 404 fewer than his rival, Schilling.

As does Escobar, Carrasco likes to keep hitters off balance with a wide repertoire of pitches.

"He's got a couple different breaking balls, a cutter, a true hook, a fastball that he's able to ride it up and do something with it, combined with a real good changeup," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's got good stuff, and he's stretched out to where we can get to a point in the game where we can line up our bullpen."

Brimming with confidence, Carrasco said, "I like pitching in this park; it's got a lot of energy. The fans really love the game, and they're loud. I'm prepared for this. I can do both, start or relieve. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to help the team."

Schilling rebounded from a fruitless Opening Day with a vintage performance against the Rangers, holding them to four hits and one run over seven innings while striking out six. Against the Angels, he's 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA in nine outings.

Pitching matchup
LAA: RHP Hector Carrasco (0-0, 1.80 ERA)
Manny Ramirez has been poison to Carrasco. Ramirez is hitting .500 against his fellow Dominican, with an .857 slugging percentage, one homer and eight RBIs in 14 at-bats.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (1-1, 4.91 ERA)
Home sweet home: Schilling was 9-1 at home last year, with a 3.06 ERA. In his career at Fenway, he is 25-8 with a 3.99 ERA.

Player to watch
Vladimir Guerrero has 58 at-bats against Schilling and is hitting .278 with a .630 slugging percentage with five homers and eight RBIs.

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• 710 ESPN, AM 830 (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Angels (Ervin Santana, 1-1, 6.35) at Boston (Josh Beckett, 2-0, 1.50), 10:05 a.m. PT
• Monday: Angels (Jered Weaver, 11-2, 2.56 in '06) at Boston (Julian Tavarez, 0-1, 9.00), 7:05 a.m. PT
• Tuesday: Angels (Joe Saunders, 1-0, 2.92) at Oakland (TBA), 7:05 p.m. PT

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.