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From the archives | July 19

Curt Schilling the reliever earns first Red Sox save

In his first opportunity as the closer, Curt Schilling created excitement around Fenway Park last night with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his first save in almost 13 years, preserving a 5-2 Red Sox win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before 35,428.

Schilling walked out to the bullpen along with Doug Mirabelli at the start of the seventh to a big ovation and after Mike Timlin wiggled out of a jam in the eighth and Bronson Arroyo went seven strong innings, it was time to see what the team’s new closer could do.

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