THE CURSE OF
THE BAMBINO, PART 9
"IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER"...
Bruce Hurst returns to the mound in Oakland
July 21, 1986
... For Bruce Hurst, it was one big step that took seven
weeks to make. For the Red Sox, it could be a giant step toward the
respectability its pitching staff took for granted a few months ago.
Hurst was hardly dazzling in
his return to action for the first time since May
31st. He pitched only 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 Red
Sox loss to Oakland before a crowd of 19,267. But
he was able show the same tools that were in
evidence before a groin injury put him on the
sidelines. He threw 85 pitches, yielding seven
hits. His velocity was off, but that too is to be
Hurst's loss was only his third to Oakland in 12 decisions.
A's lefthander Curt Young (7-6) scattered two hits for eight innings and left in
the ninth after giving up a two-run homer to Dwight Evans. Doug Bair finished
Jeff Sellers is going to the bullpen, effective
immediately. The Sox are awaiting the results of an examination of pitcher Sammy
Stewart's ailing right arm in Los Angeles.
Jim Rice was scratched for a third straight game because of
a sore muscle in the thigh/knee area, and is not expected to play until the club