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Schilling's out for Game 5

Francona won't rule out the entire series, however

BOSTON -- Boston ace Curt Schilling will not start Game 5 of the AL championship series Sunday because of an injured right ankle.

Derek Lowe will start in his place, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday. However, rain is forecast for Friday, when Game 3 is scheduled, and that could affect the rotations for both Boston and the New York Yankees.

Schilling is going to try to pitch later in the series, though he was too sore to try throwing Thursday.

"He's not over. He's going to continue to try to prepare," Francona said.

Schilling, who led the major leagues with 21 wins, lasted just three innings and 58 pitches in Boston's 10-7 loss to the New York Yankees in Tuesday night's opener, allowing six runs in his poorest postseason performance since 1993.

He had trouble with his balance and pushing off the pitching rubber, which cut his velocity.

“Anybody but me would have won that game for us,” Schilling told Boston sports radio station WEEI-AM today. “Wasn't that clear after watching? It was an absolute perfect environment to thrive it.”

He also shed more light on the situation, identifying the exact moment the injury occurred.

“I tore this thing facing Miguel Cairo in the last (game) of the regular season (against the Yankees),” Schilling said. “Dr. Morgan diagnosed it 30 seconds after looking at it.”

Red Sox team physician Dr. Bill Morgan said before Wednesday's 3-1 loss that the sheath that covers two tendons in Schilling's ankle is torn, allowing one of the tendons to slip out of its groove and rub against a bone. Schilling didn't feel discomfort while pitching Tuesday because he was injected with a painkiller.

The Yankees lead the Red Sox 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Game 3 weather update

Heavy rain is forecast for Friday evening, when the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are scheduled to play Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

"It looks pretty dicey right now," said Bob Thompson, chief meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton.

The game at Fenway Park is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Thompson said rain is expected to begin shortly before game time, and will continue through midnight, becoming heavy at times.

If the game is rained out, it would be made up on Monday, currently scheduled as an off day.

The forecast for clear, cool autumn weather on Saturday and Sunday nights, Thompson said, but another storm is possible on Monday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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