Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, writing on his Web site, offered $1 million to anyone who could prove it was not blood that blotted his famous sock in the 2004 playoffs.
Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said during a broadcast this week that Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli had told him that it was paint, not blood, and that it was done for a publicity stunt. Mirabelli called that a lie, and Thorne said Thursday he misreported what Mirabelli said.
Still, Schilling blasted Thorne and the media in general in his first public statement since Thorne's on-air comments.
Schilling was injured in Game 1 of the 2004 AL Championship Series against New York. Team doctors stitched a tendon in his right ankle to keep it from flopping around, and he returned to lead the Red Sox to a remarkable win in Game 6 to tie the series at 3-3. The Red Sox went on to win that series, and won the World Series for their first title since 1918.
"If you have . . . the guts, grab an orthopedic surgeon, have them suture your ankle skin down to the tissue covering the bone in your ankle joint, then walk around for 4 hours," Schilling wrote on site www.38pitches.com. "After that go find a mound, throw a hundred or so pitches, run over, cover first a few times. When you're done check that ankle and see if it bleeds."
Thorne did not immediately return a message left with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
Schilling offered $1 million to anyone who could prove the blood on his sock was not authentic. But it's unclear where the sock is. Schilling has said he put it in the laundry; yesterday he wrote that he suspects a Yankees clubhouse employee still has it. The pitcher donated another bloody sock worn in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame.
* Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. is day-to-day with pleurisy, an inflammation in the lining of a cavity surrounding the lungs.
* Former Mets clubhouse employee Kirk Radomski, who worked for the team from 1985 to '95, pleaded guilty to distributing steroids to major league players, and is cooperating with baseball's steroids investigation.
* Mariners lefthanded reliever Arthur Rhodes will miss the season after deciding to have Tommy John surgery on his elbow.
In NL games:
* At Pittsburgh, Jason Bay's two-run double got the Pirates going in the first inning of a 3-1 victory over the Reds.
* At Phoenix, Stephen Drew's two-run double in the sixth helped Arizona beat San Francisco, 3-2.
* At San Diego, Nomar Garciaparra and Russell Martin each hit two-run doubles as the Dodgers beat the Padres, 6-5.
* At Washington, Austin Kearns hit a three-run homer as the Nationals held off the Mets, 4-3.
* At Houston, J.J. Hardy's two-run double capped a three-run seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Astros, 4-1.
* At St. Louis, Felix Pie and Aramis Ramirez hit two-run homers in the fourth as Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals, 5-3.
* At Denver, Andruw Jones hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Colorado, 9-7.
In AL games:
* At New York, Kevin Youkilis and Julio Lugo homered for Boston in a come-from-behind 11-4 victory.
* At Seattle, Adrian Beltre drove in three runs in the Mariners' 7-4 win over the Royals.
* At Toronto, Sammy Sosa hit his 595th career home run, his seventh of the season, and Mark Teixeira and Brad Wilkerson both had two-run shots as the Rangers beat the Blue Jays, 5-3.
* At Detroit, pinch-hitter Joe Mauer's two-run single capped a four-run eighth inning, lifting the Twins, 5-3, over the Tigers.
* At Chicago, Jermaine Dye homered twice as the White Sox beat the Angels, 7-3.
* At Oakland, James Shields (2-0) struck out nine to help Tampa Bay snap an 11-game losing streak on the West Coast with a 4-1 victory over the Athletics.
* At Cleveland, Grady Sizemore hit an inside-the-park home run and the Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-4. *