Apart from letting free agents Tony Armas, Sammy Stewart, Dave Stapleton and Tom Seaver walk away, the front office made few moves. The guilty parties of the year before remained (Buckner, Schiraldi, Stanley and McNamara) and the fans were not in a forgiving mood. After the 1986 season Roger Clemens received the first of his five "Cy Young" Awards and John McNamara had been named "Manager of the Year", but it was the legacy of 1986 that mattered the most in Boston.
Catcher Rich Gedman, a vital part of the pennant-winning team the year before and one of the game’s better catchers filed for free agency in January and was in a contract holdout and missed the first month of the season. Gedman enjoyed a quality season in 1986 but didn't receive a single offer when he entered free agency. He was more or less forced to re-sign with the Red Sox and couldn't even do that until May 1st because of the rules of free agency. It was later determined that Major League Baseball owners had engaged in collusion to keep salaries low, and Gedman, along with a number of other players, received a settlement payment. To make matters worse, his replacement was the son of team president Haywood Sullivan. When Marc Sullivan hit .198 in his sixty games, no one was feeling better about any potential nepotism going on at Fenway.
Roger Clemens, meanwhile, turned down a $500,000 contract and walked out of spring training, demanding more money from the team as part of a holdout. Oil Can Boyd got a sore shoulder and began the collapse that would ultimately get him into treatment for a drug problem. Jim Rice’s career descent became painfully obvious in ’87. While his home runs had been dipping each year for the past four seasons, they plummeted to 13 for the first time. He also became a liability playing in the spacious outfields of other ball parks. It was a sign the end had come.
Boyd wasn’t the only pitcher struggling. Bruce Hurst might have been taking the ball every fifth day, but he pitched well at home, and poorly on the road, with a 15-13 record and 4.41 ERA. He wasn’t really #2 caliber, which is where he was situated behind Roger Clemens. Al Nipper, the fourth starter on the pennant-winning team, had a bloated 5.43 ERA and Bob Stanley fell apart. The “Steamer” went 4-15 with a 5.01 ERA. The bullpen had no one reliable, as Calvin Schiraldi never got his confidence back following the Game #6 loss in Shea Stadium.
Dwight Evans began playing first base after a career as one of the game’s best defensive right-fielders. He had a great year at the plate and batted .305 with 34 home runs. On the other side of the infield, Wade Boggs churned out a proto-type .363 batting average and an on-base percentage of .461. Boggs also had a surprising power surge, with 24 home runs. The long ball was up all over baseball, giving rise to suspicion that the ball was juiced. No one knows for sure, but with Boggs’ power coming and going so quickly, it does lend credence to the idea that the ball might have been wound a little tighter than normal in 1987.
A rookie centerfielder named Ellis Burks played respectably and set the stage for a solid career. Mike Greenwell played a variety of positions, hit 19 home runs and had a .386 on-base percentage and one year later would be the team’s best everyday player.
After a disappointing season-opening road trip, by losing three to the Brewers, Bruce Hurst won the home opener with a 3-0, three-hitter on April 10th. Clemens eventually signed for $2 million and made his 1987 debut the following game, promptly surrendering four runs in four innings. When he was removed from the game, he received hearty boos from the Fenway Park crowd who was still angry about the right-hander's holdout.
Clemens lost his first two starts then he got back on track with a three-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the estimable Kansas City Royals at Fenway on April 21st. He had a no-hitter after six and had retired 16 straight. The next night, Bob Stanley flushed the Royals, allowing only four hits in a 1-0 victory. It was his first shutout since 1980.
The Red Sox went on the road at the end of the month and got mired in a slump that saw them swept in Texas and Oakland. But they came out thundering in the Kingdome on April 29th and beat the Mariners 11-5. Mike Greenwell filled in for injured Jim Rice and after getting just one hit in his first 11 at-bats (nine games), he knocked out 3 hits and came through with flying colors, drilling in 4 RBIs.
On May 1st, in Anaheim, on a night when the Red Sox could have very well fallen into the well, it was the rookie outfielder, Ellis Burks, who collected three hits and provided the spark for a 12-3 victory over the California Angels. Burks had two doubles, a single and a walk in his second game with the Red Sox. And let it be recorded that his first major league hit not only drove in a pair of runs, but set the pace for a night in which the Red Sox offense was clicking on all nine cylinders.
But the Sox won only two of their ten games on the road trip, having left home 5 1/2 games out and coming back to Fenway on May 4th, 10 1/2 games behind.
With Bruce Hurst (3-3) throwing his second shutout of the year, on May 5th when the Sox returned, the Red Sox went after the Athletics with a 10-hit attack. Greenwell and Dwight Evans each drove in a pair of runs in a display of timely hitting. Hurst was a giant star in throwing his third complete game and striking out 14, tying a career high. He scattered five hits and finished with 10 or more strikeouts for the 11th time in his career, third only to Smoky Joe Wood (18) and Roger Clemens (13) on the all-time Red Sox list.
Then on May 6th, Greenwell blasted a three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Sox to a 6-2 decision over Oakland.
Returning to the Shea chamber of horrors on May 7th, for the first time since losing the World Series, the Sox dropped a 2-0 decision to the World Champs in the name of the Jimmy Fund. Memories of '86 could not be blocked out. Bill Buckner's presence was not the only reminder of October's horrors, and since the Sox don’t routinely visit Shea, most of the players associated the stadium with the World Series and nothing else.
Back at Fenway on May 8th, Dwight Evans came through in the clutch with a three-run shot in the eighth inning that broke a 3-3 tie against the Angels. Bruce Hurst’s 8-0 shutout on May 10th against the Angels was his third of the year, becoming the first Sox lefthander since Bill Lee (1975) to pitch back-to-back shutouts.
Led by an Ellis Burks grand slam, and a three-run shot by Marty Barrett, the Sox came from behind on May 25th against the Indians, after watching Bruce Hurst lose the grip of a 6-0 lead. They bounded back with Burks' fourth homer of the year, and the first grand slam of his career.
Roger Clemens, strong, confident and a man who knows exactly what to do with even the most meager lead, treated the Fenway Faithful to a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on May 27th. This was one of those overpowering nights that every American League opponent dreaded. Clemens blazed away with a fastball clocked at 94-97 miles an hour for his second shutout. His six-hit masterpiece made the most of the run the Sox gave him in the fifth inning, pitching out of jams in the sixth and eighth and showing the form that a year ago produced an 8-0 record at this same stage of the season.
Dwight Evans led the way with three hits, including his 299th career homer in a 12-8 victory over Cleveland the next night, May 28th. For the fourth time in his 15-year career, he drove in six runs and sparked the Red Sox' comeback from a 6-1 deficit as they completed a four-game sweep of the last-place Indians. He overshadowed a historic performance by Cleveland's Joe Carter, who became the first visitor ever to post two three-homer games at Fenway.
On June 2nd, the Sox came from behind again. After seemingly gift-rapping the game for the Twins, the Red Sox snatched it back at the last minute as Bill Buckner's two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Minnesota relief ace Jeff Reardon lifted the Red Sox to a 6-5 victory. Calvin Schiraldi, who entered a tie game in the eighth inning, had uncorked a wild pitch to give Minnesota the lead.
Then on the next night, June 3rd, the Red Sox pulled out a 7-6, 10-inning victory over the Twins, who left town wondering if they'd awakened a sleeping giant. The Sox once trailed in this contest, 6-2. But this last-gasp revival included Mike Greenwell's game-tying two-run homer in the ninth and Wade Boggs' game-winning single in the 10th that brought a happy ending for the Fenway Park fans.
In Baltimore, Ellis Burks hit his second grand slam of the year as part of a two-homer, seven-RBI performance that led the way to a 15-4 rout of the Orioles. In the sixth, second baseman Marty Barrett slammed one over the left-field fence for his second career grand slam, punctuating a three-game sweep for the Sox on June 10th. So the opportunity was there for the ’87 Sox to make a run at redemption, and if nothing else, have a good season.
They next went to Detroit and it was just the place to make such a stand, and leapfrog the team directly in front of them. But Clemens was hammered late in the game of the series opener and that 11-4 loss was the start of a series sweep. A series loss at Cleveland followed and the Sox were 11 1/2 games out of first.
The Sox tried to right the ship and Clemens got back on track. The right-hander would follow that track to 20 wins and a second straight Cy Young Award, by beating the Yankees in a June home game that won a series. Boyd won his only game of the year a day later against the Brewers, who were on their way to 93 wins. The six weeks leading up to the end of July followed this pattern. There was a burst of hope followed by a sequence of losses and a record that never got real separation from .500. There was little joy in the Sox clubhouse.
One of their nice wins took place on June 23rd. The Sox came back from a 5-0 deficit, streaking to a 9-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, paced by Ellis Burks' three-run homer in the sixth. They also had a key two-run single by Jim Rice in that inning to break a 5-5 tie.
It was all Wade Boggs on June 29th and 30th against the Orioles. In the first game of the series, Boggs' blasted his second career grand slam, a sixth-inning shot that put the frosting on the Sox seventh victory in nine games. He also had a single in the first inning and a triple in the fourth, which gave him a career-high seven runs batted in for the night. The next night a bunch of timely runs in the fifth and sixth wiped out a 7-4 Baltimore lead. What the Sox got in the process, was an even higher level of hitting proficiency from Boggs (3 for 3 with two walks), who inched his American League-leading average up to .391.
Spike Owen came back to haunt the Seattle Mariners on July 11th in the Kingdome. Owen drove in one run and scored another in the ninth inning as the Sox broke a 4-4 tie and took a 7-4 victory, ending a six-game losing streak on the west coast.
Going into the All Star break, the Red Sox were 26-13 at home; no team in baseball had fewer home losses. However, the Sox were 15-34 on the road; no team in baseball has more road losses. Sox pitchers allowed 22 homers during the 3-8 West Coast trip. The Red Sox had baseball's worst catching corps in the first half of the 1987 season. leaving people wondering if Rich Gedman would ever be the same. The Sox bullpen had nine saves, fewest in baseball. Joe Sambito didn't save a game in the first half. Steve Crawford got hurt just when he finally was starting to pitch well, but it was more bad news when Bruce Hurst said his shoulder was hurting.
After the All Star break, the Oakland A's came to Fenway and on July 18th, after Jim Rice's ninth-inning homer brought the Red Sox into a 3-3 tie, Dave Henderson stepped to the plate in the 10th and cranked a two-run blast into the right-field seats to hand the Sox a 5-3 victory. Ninth-inning homers and Henderson blasts. All from a time not too long ago.
On July 25th, it took precisely 109 minutes and five innings for rookie, Sam Horn, to achieve cult status in his new hometown. With the score 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth, Horn drove a hanging slider into the left-field net and the Red Sox were en route to a 19-hit, 11-5 victory over the Mariners. Horn was summoned for a curtain call in his first major league game.
The Sox didn't need most of the 16-hit explosion in an 11-1 demolition of the Seattle Mariners on July 27th. Roger Clemens struck out 14 Mariners, including the side in three innings. The Rocket had not allowed nary an earned run in his last two starts, both of which had been complete-game victories.
But while a team built on a superstar pitcher and a hall-of-fame hitter, along with a couple everyday players having great years, might be exciting in a short series, it was hell over the long haul and hell is exactly where the ’87 Sox took their fans on a West Coast swing to begin August.
Ellis Burks wielded a hot bat for the Sox at the plate. Going into August, he had hit safely in 18 of 20 games at .344 (32-93). In just eight games, Sam Horn had hit five homers and at a .433 clip (13 for 30) with 10 runs batted in. But for Rich Gedman the story was different. The worst season of his career came to a close, as the Red Sox catcher underwent surgery on his left thumb. Oil Can Boyd also found that he suffered a small ligament tear, that required surgery to repair.
Against exclusively mediocre-to-awful teams, The Sox lost two of three in Oakland, were swept by the Angels and could only split a four-game set at lowly Seattle. Playing the same teams back at home immediately thereafter went little better and when the record hit 43-51 it was all over but the shouting.
However, Dwight Evans was having a marvelous 1987 season, and in Texas on August 4th, staring at another demoralizing defeat, the Sox were saved by the booming bat of Evans. Dewey hit a pair of home runs, including the game-winner in the ninth inning for an 8-6 victory over the Rangers. His first blast, a three-run shot, put the Sox ahead, 5-4, in the sixth. The second, a two-run job in the ninth, brought the Sox back from a 6-5 deficit.
Then back at Fenway, with a workmanlike complete game performance against the Rangers, Bruce Hurst (14-6) raised his home record to 11-1 on the year and 9-0 in his last 11 starts on August 14th.
Rookie catcher John Marzano, taking the catching spot for the injured Rich Gedman, belted two homers and collected four RBIs on August 16th against the Rangers, pacing the Sox in a 12-2 trashing. Marzano finished 3 for 4, with his two homers and four RBIs.
On August 31st, Dwight Evans posted a career-high 33 homers and 109 runs batted in. His two homers and four RBIs led a 15-hit attack in Cleveland and pushed Roger Clemens and the Red Sox to a 7-3 victory.
The Sox was active at the September trade deadline, but they were sellers in 1987. Don Baylor, the veteran DH with 16 home runs, was traded to Minnesota where he got the World Series ring that narrowly eluded him a year earlier. Dave Henderson, one year after being an ALCS hero and an almost-World Series hero, was shipped out to San Francisco where he played on a division-winning team. To make room for Sam Horn, the Sox had already released Bill Buckner, who was picked up by the Angels.
In the ninth inning of the game on September 12th, Ellis Burks stole second easily and, two seconds later, had scored the deciding run in the Red Sox' 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Burks’ decision to steal was with the American League's leading batter, Wade Boggs, at the plate in a tie game. Burks' speed worked successfully, but it took a skipping ground-ball single off Boggs' bat that just eluded the glove of diving first baseman, Eddie Murray, for the Sox to finish the job and defeat the Orioles.
Mike Greenwell was hitting .374 (58 for 155) since the All-Star Game, increasing his batting average by a whopping 33 points to a man-sized .340 and was acquiring something of a reputation as a guy who not only hits the ball often, but a guy who hits the ball hard. But Mark McGwire would be the American League Rookie of the Year. He'd already hit 41 homers and been on the cover of USA Today.
On September 20th, the Red Sox beat the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, in straight sets, 5-1 and 6-3. Roger Clemens shut down the Birds on three hits in the opener. Clemens fanned nine while going the route. He threw high octane for nine inning, walking three.
Sam Horn hit a solo homer (No. 11) in the second, John Marzano singled home Spike Owen in the fifth and Dwight Evans crushed a three-run homer in the eighth (No. 34).
The Yankees got a taste of Roger Clemens, on September 30th, as he overpowered them with a 13-strikeout, 7-0 dispatch for his 19th victory and sixth shutout of the season.
Then, in an extra-inning pitching duel that evolved into a classic Mexican standoff, the Sox, Jeff Sellers matched Milwaukee's Teddy Higuera pitch for pitch, going a career-high 11 innings in his final mound appearance of the season. Spike Owen made Sellers' effort worthwhile when he hit his second homer of the season over the Green Monster, lifting the Red Sox to a 3-2, 12-inning victory.
And finally, Clemens (20-9) completed his 1987 Cy Young resume. He finished a 16-3 run with a commanding, 4-0, two-hit, 12-strikeout demonstration of pitching superiority over the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of the season.
The victory was his 20th of the season, thus making him the first man since Tommy John in 1979-80 to register back-to-back 20-win seasons in the American League. The shutout was his seventh, and that led both leagues. The complete game was No. 18, and that also led the major leagues. He finished second in innings pitched (281 2/3), third in ERA (2.97) and tied for first in wins with Oakland's Dave Stewart. The 12 strikeouts gave him 256, trailing only Seattle's Mark Langston (by six).
All in all, the 1987 team fared poorly and couldn't even win half their games. After a title run the year before, the 1987 Red Sox slumped to a 78-84 record, leaving the club 20 games behind the first-place Tigers in 5th place.
|04/06/1987||0-1||5th||-1||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-1||Bob Stanley||0-1|
|04/08/1987||0-2||5th||-2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Wes Gardner||0-1|
|04/09/1987||0-3||7th||-3||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||12-11||Steve Crawford||0-1|
|04/10/1987||1-3||6th||-3||Toronto Blue Jays||W||3-0||Bruce Hurst||1-0|
|04/11/1987||1-4||6th||-4||Toronto Blue Jays||L||11-1||Roger Clemens||0-1|
|04/12/1987||2-4||6th||-4||Toronto Blue Jays||W||8-3||Bob Stanley||1-1|
|04/13/1987||2-4||6th||-4 1/2||Texas Rangers||pp|
|04/14/1987||3-4||6th||-4 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||4-1||Al Nipper||1-0|
|04/15/1987||4-4||4th||-4 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||5-4||Bruce Hurst||2-0|
|04/16/1987||4-5||6th||-5||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||4-2||Roger Clemens||0-2|
|04/17/1987||4-6||6th||-6||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||10-5||Bob Stanley||1-2|
|04/18/1987||5-6||6th||-6||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-4||Jeff Sellers||1-0|
|04/19/1987||6-6||5th||-6||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-1||Al Nipper||2-0|
|04/20/1987||6-7||6th||-7||Kansas City Royals||L||10-2||Bruce Hurst||2-1|
|04/21/1987||7-7||3rd||-6||Kansas City Royals||W||8-0||Roger Clemens||1-2|
|04/22/1987||8-7||3rd||-5 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||1-0||Bob Stanley||2-2|
|04/24/1987||8-8||4th||-6 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||6-4||Calvin Schiraldi||0-1|
|04/25/1987||8-9||4th||-7 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||2-1||Bruce Hurst||2-2|
|04/26/1987||8-10||4th||-8 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||5-3||Calvin Schiraldi||0-2|
|04/27/1987||8-11||4th||-9 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-2||Bob Stanley||2-3|
|04/28/1987||8-12||5th||-9 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||7-1||Jeff Sellers||1-1|
|04/29/1987||9-12||4th||-9 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||11-5||Al Nipper||3-0|
|04/30/1987||9-13||4th||-9 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||11-2||Bruce Hurst||2-3|
|05/01/1987||10-13||4th||-9 1/2||at California Angels||W||12-3||Roger Clemens||2-2|
|05/02/1987||10-14||4th||-10 1/2||at California Angels||L||4-2||Bob Stanley||2-4|
|05/03/1987||10-15||4th||-10 1/2||at California Angels||L||11-4||Al Nipper||3-1|
|05/05/1987||11-15||4th||-9 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||6-0||Bruce Hurst||3-3|
|05/06/1987||12-15||4th||-8 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||6-2||Calvin Schiraldi||1-2|
|05/07/1987||12-15||4th||-8 1/2||at New York Mets||L||2-0|
|05/08/1987||13-15||4th||-7 1/2||California Angels||W||6-4||Joe Sambito||1-0|
|05/09/1987||13-16||4th||-7 1/2||California Angels||L||8-1||Al Nipper||3-2|
|05/10/1987||14-16||4th||-6 1/2||California Angels||W||8-0||Bruce Hurst||4-3|
|05/11/1987||14-17||4th||-7||Seattle Mariners||L||4-3||Roger Clemens||2-3|
|05/12/1987||15-17||4th||-6||Seattle Mariners||W||3-2||Mike Trujillo||2-2|
|05/13/1987||15-18||4th||-6||Seattle Mariners||L||5-4||Joe Sambito||1-1|
|05/15/1987||15-19||5th||-7 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||3-1||Bruce Hurst||4-4|
|05/16/1987||16-19||5th||-6 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||6-1||Roger Clemens||3-3|
|05/17/1987||16-20||6th||-7 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||10-8||Calvin Schiraldi||1-3|
|05/18/1987||16-21||6th||-8 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||4-2||Al Nipper||3-3|
|05/19/1987||16-22||6th||-8 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||4-1||Bob Stanley||2-5|
|05/20/1987||17-22||6th||-7 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||7-1||Bruce Hurst||5-4|
|05/22/1987||17-23||6th||-8 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-3||Roger Clemens||3-4|
|05/23/1987||17-24||6th||-9 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||9-1||Al Nipper||3-4|
|05/24/1987||17-25||6th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Bob Stanley||2-6|
|05/25/1987||18-25||6th||-10 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||10-6||Steve Crawford||1-1|
|05/26/1987||19-25||6th||-10||Cleveland Indians||W||6-5||Al Nipper||4-4|
|05/27/1987||20-25||6th||-9||Cleveland Indians||W||1-0||Roger Clemens||4-4|
|05/28/1987||21-25||6th||-9||Cleveland Indians||W||12-8||Steve Crawford||2-1|
|05/29/1987||21-26||6th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-6||Bob Stanley||2-7|
|05/30/1987||21-27||6th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||Wes Gardner||0-2|
|05/31/1987||22-27||6th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||W||10-9||Calvin Schiraldi||2-3|
|06/01/1987||22-28||6th||-9||Minnesota Twins||L||9-5||Roger Clemens||4-5|
|06/02/1987||23-28||6th||-9||Minnesota Twins||W||6-5||Calvin Schiraldi||3-3|
|06/03/1987||24-28||6th||-9||Minnesota Twins||W||7-6||Calvin Schiraldi||4-3|
|06/04/1987||25-28||6th||-8||Detroit Tigers||W||8-5||Bruce Hurst||6-4|
|06/05/1987||25-29||6th||-9||Detroit Tigers||L||4-2||Al Nipper||4-5|
|06/06/1987||25-30||6th||-9||Detroit Tigers||L||5-3||Wes Gardner||0-3|
|06/07/1987||25-31||6th||-10||Detroit Tigers||L||18-8||John Leister||0-1|
|06/08/1987||26-31||6th||-9 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-2||Bob Stanley||3-7|
|06/09/1987||27-31||6th||-9 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||2-1||Bruce Hurst||7-4|
|06/10/1987||28-31||6th||-9 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||15-4||Al Nipper||5-5|
|06/12/1987||28-32||5th||-11||at Detroit Tigers||L||11-4||Roger Clemens||4-6|
|06/13/1987||28-33||5th||-12||at Detroit Tigers||L||6-4||Steve Crawford||2-2|
|06/14/1987||28-34||5th||-12||at Detroit Tigers||L||2-1||Bruce Hurst||7-5|
|06/16/1987||28-35||5th||-12 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||8-7||Al Nipper||5-6|
|06/17/1987||29-35||5th||-11 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||5-6|
|06/18/1987||29-36||5th||-11 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||7-5||Bob Stanley||3-8|
|06/19/1987||29-37||5th||-12 1/2||New York Yankees||L||10-5||Joe Sambito||1-2|
|06/20/1987||30-37||5th||-11 1/2||New York Yankees||W||9-4||Al Nipper||6-6|
|06/21/1987||31-37||5th||-11 1/2||New York Yankees||W||4-2||Roger Clemens||6-6|
|06/22/1987||32-37||5th||-10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-2||Oil Can Boyd||1-0|
|06/23/1987||33-37||5th||-10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||9-5||Steve Crawford||3-2|
|06/24/1987||34-37||5th||-10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||8-7||Bruce Hurst||8-5|
|06/26/1987||34-38||5th||-10 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||12-11||Calvin Schiraldi||4-4|
|06/27/1987||34-39||5th||-11 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||9-1||Oil Can Boyd||1-1|
|06/28/1987||35-39||5th||-10 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||6-2||Al Nipper||7-6|
|06/29/1987||36-39||5th||-10 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||14-3||Bruce Hurst||9-5|
|06/30/1987||37-39||5th||-10 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||13-9||Steve Crawford||4-2|
|07/01/1987||38-39||5th||-10 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-2||Roger Clemens||7-6|
|07/02/1987||38-40||5th||-11||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-3||Al Nipper||7-7|
|07/03/1987||39-40||5th||-10 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||2-0||Jeff Sellers||3-1|
|07/04/1987||39-41||5th||-11 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||9-5||Bruce Hurst||9-6|
|07/05/1987||39-42||5th||-11 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||6-3||Oil Can Boyd||1-2|
|07/06/1987||39-43||5th||-11 1/2||at California Angels||L||10-7||Wes Gardner||0-4|
|07/07/1987||39-44||5th||-12 1/2||at California Angels||L||9-4||Al Nipper||7-8|
|07/08/1987||39-45||5th||-13 1/2||at California Angels||L||5-3||Jeff Sellers||3-2|
|07/09/1987||39-46||5th||-13 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||11-5||Wes Gardner||0-5|
|07/10/1987||40-46||5th||-13 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||7-4||Calvin Schiraldi||5-4|
|07/11/1987||41-46||5th||-12 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||10-4||Roger Clemens||8-6|
|07/12/1987||41-47||5th||-13 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||6-1||Al Nipper||7-9|
|07/13/1987||All Star Game Break|
|07/16/1987||41-48||5th||-14 1/2||Oakland Athletics||L||6-3||Roger Clemens||8-7|
|07/17/1987||41-49||5th||-15 1/2||Oakland Athletics||L||11-6||Bob Stanley||3-9|
|07/18/1987||42-49||5th||-14 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||5-3||Bruce Hurst||10-6|
|07/19/1987||42-50||5th||-14 1/2||Oakland Athletics||L||5-3||Bob Stanley||3-10|
|07/20/1987||42-51||5th||-15 1/2||California Angels||L||3-2||Jeff Sellers||3-3|
|07/21/1987||43-51||5th||-14 1/2||California Angels||W||3-0||Roger Clemens||9-7|
|07/22/1987||43-52||5th||-14 1/2||California Angels||L||6-5||Oil Can Boyd||1-3|
|07/24/1987||44-52||5th||-13 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||5-4||Bruce Hurst||11-6|
|07/25/1987||45-52||5th||-12 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||11-5||Tom Bolton||1-0|
|07/26/1987||46-52||5th||-12 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||11-1||Roger Clemens||10-7|
|07/27/1987||46-53||5th||-13||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||10-8||Calvin Schiraldi||5-5|
|07/28/1987||46-54||5th||-14||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-4||Joe Sambito||1-3|
|07/29/1987||47-54||5th||-14||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-5||Calvin Schiraldi||6-5|
|07/31/1987||48-54||5th||-14 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||11-7|
|08/01/1987||48-55||5th||-14 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||4-0||Jeff Sellers||3-4|
|08/02/1987||48-56||5th||-15 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||13-5||Bob Stanley||3-11|
|08/03/1987||49-56||5th||-14 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||11-2||Bruce Hurst||12-6|
|08/04/1987||50-56||5th||-13 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||8-6||Calvin Schiraldi||7-5|
|08/05/1987||50-57||5th||-14 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||9-8||Joe Sambito||1-4|
|08/07/1987||51-57||5th||-13 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||4-3||Jeff Sellers||4-4|
|08/08/1987||52-57||5th||-13||Kansas City Royals||W||8-3||Bruce Hurst||13-6|
|08/09/1987||52-58||5th||-13 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||8-3||Steve Crawford||4-3|
|08/10/1987||53-58||5th||-12 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||9-1||Roger Clemens||12-7|
|08/11/1987||53-59||5th||-13 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||8-3||Bob Stanley||3-12|
|08/12/1987||53-60||5th||-14 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||10-4||Jeff Sellers||4-5|
|08/14/1987||54-60||5th||-14||Texas Rangers||W||9-3||Bruce Hurst||14-6|
|54-61||5th||-14 1/2||L||9-4||Al Nipper||7-10|
|08/15/1987||55-61||5th||-13 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||7-6||Wes Gardner||1-5|
|08/16/1987||56-61||5th||-13 1/2||Texas Rangers||W||12-2||Bob Stanley||4-12|
|08/17/1987||56-62||5th||-14||at Chicago White Sox||L||2-1||Jeff Sellers||4-6|
|08/18/1987||57-62||5th||-14||at Chicago White Sox||W||14-8||Al Nipper||8-10|
|08/19/1987||57-63||5th||-14 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-3||Bruce Hurst||14-7|
|08/21/1987||58-63||5th||-13 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||11-3||Roger Clemens||13-7|
|08/22/1987||59-63||5th||-13 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||6-5||Calvin Schiraldi||8-5|
|08/23/1987||60-63||5th||-13 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||6-4||Jeff Sellers||5-6|
|08/24/1987||60-64||5th||-13 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||6-3||Bruce Hurst||14-8|
|08/25/1987||61-64||5th||-13 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||7-3||Steve Crawford||5-3|
|08/26/1987||61-65||5th||-14 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||5-3||Roger Clemens||13-8|
|08/27/1987||61-65||5th||-14 1/2||at Pawtucket Red Sox||pp|
|08/28/1987||61-65||5th||-14||at Cleveland Indians||pp|
|08/29/1987||61-66||5th||-15||at Cleveland Indians||L||7-2||Bob Stanley||4-13|
|61-67||5th||-15 1/2||L||2-1||Bruce Hurst||14-9|
|08/30/1987||62-67||5th||-15 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||7-3||Roger Clemens||14-8|
|09/01/1987||63-67||5th||-15||at Minnesota Twins||W||9-0||Jeff Sellers||6-6|
|09/02/1987||63-68||5th||-16||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-4||Al Nipper||8-11|
|09/03/1987||63-69||5th||-17||at Minnesota Twins||L||2-1||Wes Gardner||1-6|
|09/04/1987||64-69||5th||-17||Cleveland Indians||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||15-8|
|09/05/1987||64-70||5th||-17||Cleveland Indians||L||15-2||Bob Stanley||4-14|
|09/06/1987||64-71||5th||-17 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||3-1||Jeff Sellers||6-7|
|09/07/1987||64-72||5th||-18 1/2||New York Yankees||L||9-5||Bruce Hurst||14-10|
|09/08/1987||65-72||5th||-17 1/2||New York Yankees||W||8-6||Al Nipper||9-11|
|09/09/1987||66-72||5th||-18||New York Yankees||W||5-3||Roger Clemens||16-8|
|09/10/1987||67-72||5th||-17||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-4||Joe Sambito||2-4|
|09/11/1987||68-72||5th||-16||Baltimore Orioles||W||9-3||Jeff Sellers||7-7|
|09/12/1987||69-72||5th||-16||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-3||Bruce Hurst||15-10|
|09/13/1987||69-72||5th||-16 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|09/14/1987||69-73||5th||-16 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||3-0||Roger Clemens||16-9|
|09/15/1987||69-74||5th||-17 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||9-8||Steve Crawford||5-4|
|09/16/1987||69-75||5th||-18 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-1||Jeff Sellers||7-8|
|09/18/1987||69-76||5th||-19 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||9-4||Bruce Hurst||15-11|
|09/19/1987||70-76||5th||-19 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|09/20/1987||71-76||5th||-18 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||5-1||Roger Clemens||17-9|
|09/21/1987||73-76||5th||-17 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||9-4||Al Nipper||10-11|
|09/22/1987||73-77||5th||-18 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||8-5||Rob Woodward||1-1|
|09/23/1987||73-78||5th||-19 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||4-0||Bruce Hurst||15-12|
|09/24/1987||73-79||5th||-20 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||7-6||Joe Sambito||2-5|
|09/25/1987||74-79||5th||-20 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||9-2||Roger Clemens||18-9|
|09/26/1987||74-80||5th||-21 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-2||Al Nipper||10-12|
|09/27/1987||74-81||5th||-21 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||9-6||Bob Stanley||4-15|
|09/28/1987||74-82||5th||-21 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||9-7||Joe Sambito||2-6|
|09/29/1987||74-83||5th||-21 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||6-0||Bruce Hurst||15-13|
|09/30/1987||75-83||5th||-20 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||7-0||Roger Clemens||19-9|
|10/01/1987||76-83||5th||-20||at New York Yankees||W||7-5||Al Nipper||11-12|
|10/02/1987||77-83||5th||-19||Milwaukee Brewers||W||3-2||Wes Gardner||3-6|
|10/03/1987||77-84||5th||-20||Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-4||John Leister||0-2|
|10/04/1987||78-84||5th||-20||Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-0||Roger Clemens||20-9|
|1987 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|