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Former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling Battling Cancer

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Boston Red Sox starting pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling revealed on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.

“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to the meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”

The 47-year-old Schilling pitched 20 seasons (1988-2007) in the major leagues, playing with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. The three-time World Series champion helped the Sox end their 86-year title drought in 2004.

Schilling is a six-time All-Star who went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA in his career.

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