The Boston Red Sox spent six years on pendulum of good seasons in even-numbered years with a pennant in 1986 and AL East titles in 1988 & 1990. Then they had disappointing seasons the following year. The 1989 Boston Red Sox did their part to keep that pattern in place, as they struggled to an 83-79 record, with only a weak division, dubbed the A.L. "Least", keeping them in contention much of the year.
The Sox' pitching was in trouble, as lefty Bruce Hurst, a devout Mormon, had been turned off by the drinking and arguing during the previous season and bolted via free agency for San Diego. The Sox still had Roger Clemens at the top of the rotation, but who had irked fans, when he complained in a television interview in the off season, that he had to carry his own luggage. Veteran righty Mike Boddicker was a decent #2 and John Dopson, acquired from the Expos when Hurst left, turned in a respectable year, winning 12 games. But the depth was lacking. The fourth and fifth spots in the rotation were complete messes, and the bullpen lacked a reliable bridge to get to closer Lee Smith.
The everyday lineup benefited from an offseason trade that sent first baseman Todd Benzinger to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Nick Esasky who had a big season in 1989. A power righthanded bat, tailor-made for Fenway Park, Esasky hit 30 home runs, had 108 RBIs and was steadily on base.
Four other players had strong years. Wade Boggs continued to churn out hits, Mike Greenwell was solid, if unspectacular in left and Ellis Burks, the talented centerfielder could do it all. Dwight Evans, now 37-years-old, was still getting it done in right, with 20 home runs and 100 RBIs.
The problems were mixed in though and they came from name players. Marty Barrett’s production was woeful at second base. Rich Gedman (.212 BA) played just 93 games at catcher and Jim Rice didn’t age as well as Evans. The future Hall of Famer ended up in a DH role, playing only 56 games and hitting just three home runs. The offense needed to score a lot to cover for its problematic pitching, and this many holes weren’t going to cut it.
The Margo Adams controversy came to the top again, as she revealed in a magazine interview, some not too flattering remarks Wade Boggs had confided to her about his teammates. By the time spring training started, the team was divided and defensive. On Opening Day, Boggs was jeered with chants of “Maaargo, Maaargo” from the fans.
The Sox started the season slowly as manager Joe Morgan began to criticize his players to the media. Very quickly the team was in trouble as a blood clot was found in Oil Can Boyd’s shoulder, Jim Rice hurt his elbow, and Wes Gardner was arrested for domestic abuse.
The Red Sox went 1-4 before returning home, if not conquering heroes, but at least with a victory. The team's difficult first week ended with an 8-6 win over the Royals in Kansas City, that held up through a ninth-inning rally.
The Red Sox beat the Indians, 5-2, in the home opener on April 12th. They stranded 12 runners with at least one in each inning and eight over the last four. They blew repeated opportunities to blow open the game, but still won as Nick Esasky hit his first Fenway Park homer, a net job that barely cleared the wall. The game was then left to righthander, Mike Smithson, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Mike Boddicker. Smithson struck out Brook Jacoby looking, just before a snowstorm hit the park.
Roger Clemens got his 1,000th career strikeout at a critical moment on April 13th. The bases were loaded with none out in the second inning of a scoreless game, and he got Jacoby looking with a pitch that perhaps only he can throw. He also got his first victory, a 9-1 win over the Indians, that seemed ridiculously easy, considering the Sox left 13 runners on base in the first six innings and Clemens, although he gave up three hits and an unearned run and struck out eight in seven innings, was without his overwhelming stuff.
A two-run homer by Mike Greenwell sparked a five-run eighth inning and led to a 6-4 decision over Baltimore on April 17th. The Sox climbed to .500 and into first place in the AL East in Cleveland on April 19th. They did it in with Roger Clemens fastballs and a seven-run lead, leading to an 8-4 victory. Nick Esasky went 4 for 4 with two singles, a double and his second home run.
The team launched a 13-hit attack that added up to a 11-0 win on April 25th. It also gave Clemens a 3-0 record as he went the distance for the first time this season. He fanned 11 and gave up three hits and three walks. It was his 19th career shutout, tying him for sixth on the Red Sox' all-time list. It also marked the 34th time Roger had 10 or more strikeouts in a game. Leading the hit parade was Ellis Burks, who went 3 for 4, including a two-run. Jim Rice went 2 for 4, belted a stand-up triple in the seventh inning and in the fourth slammed a 1-1 pitch over the left-field screen and deep into Mass. Pike territory. Rich Gedman also homered down the right-field line, his second of the season.
On April 26th, the Sons of Joe Morgan beat the White Sox, 5-4, in overtime, winning on Dwight Evans' 10th-inning, bases-loaded, one-out single. They finished April as Clemens lost a 2-1 duel with Nolan Ryan in Texas.
A week later, Ellis Burks hit a savage three-run homer that sounded like a gunshot in the Metrodome and gave the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the Twins on May 2nd. The next day the Red Sox crept silently into first place.
On May 5th, at Fenway, the Ryan and Clemens rematch was a classic for six innings. Then it happened, as Ryan pitched inside to Ellis Burks. Burks stepped out, pointed to the pitcher, yelled and started toward the mound. Benches emptied and bullpens emptied. In Texas, Ryan had hit Burks in the shoulder blade and helmet, forcing the center fielder to leave in the first inning of the 2-1 win over Clemens, but this time he threw a 2-2 fastball that buzzed past Burks' face. When play resumed, Burks got the ultimate revenge in the form of an RBI single, knocking Ryan out of the game and the Sox were on their way to a 7-6 victory.
In his next start, Clemens gave up a leadoff first-inning single to Harold Reynolds and no other hits until there were two outs in the eighth in a 2-0 victory over Seattle on May 12th at the Kingdome. From start to finish, he towered over everything. It was one of those nights when he seemingly could do anything he wanted. In the second, he struck out Jeffrey Leonard on a high, devastating fastball. He struck out Ken Griffey Jr. in the fifth on a forkball that bounced on the plate and rolled past Gedman for a wild pitch. In the seventh, he struck out Alvin Davis, the American League's No. 4 hitter, on three pitches, the last a searing fastball.
On May 19th, the Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-4, when Evans hit a grand slam off Dennis Eckersley in the 10th inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Including the playoffs last season, the Sox had lost 10 consecutive games there.
At Fenway, backed by Rob Murphy's sparkling 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief, the Sox rallied from a 4-0 deficit and hung a 6-5 defeat on the Seattle Mariners with Dwight Evans' run-scoring single in the ninth on May 23rd. The Sox prevailed again the next night, hanging on for another 6-5 decision over Seattle. The locals went ahead this time, 4-0, and had to hold on after the Mariners cut that lead to 4-3 and later sliced a 6-3 deficit.
In the final game of the series, the Sox slaughtered Seattle, 10-0. The Mariners handed the Red Sox five unearned runs in the second and succumbed to the masterful eight-hit hurling of Mike Smithson, his first shutout in a Red Sox uniform.
In the process, they were not embarrassed to be sitting on top of baseball's junkyard division. They were one game over .500 and skipped into first for the fourth time this month. They had won three straight, the longest winning streak since they won seven in a row in the final days of "Morgan's Magic" last summer.
On May 29th, Marty Barrett poked a Bob Welch 2-2 fastball into right field with one out in the 10th inning and delivered pinch runner, Randy Kutcher from second base for a 3-2 victory over the Oakland A's. Two nights later, on May 31st, Rick Cerone saved Jody Reed from his own particular hell and turned Lee Smith from loser to victor in the process of beating the Athletics, 4-3, in 10 innings. Smith gave up a home run that cleared the visitors' bullpen in the top of the 10th. But the Sox came back with two in the bottom of the inning, as pinch hitter Rick Cerone drove in the game-winner with two out.
The Sox were 24-24 on Memorial Day, but the AL East was so putrid that the Red Sox were actually in and out of first place during the last two weeks of the month with a .500 record. That’s a bad division under any circumstances, but even worse when you consider that prior to the realignment of 1994, there were only two divisions per league and each one had seven teams. Yet none of the AL East teams could win more than they lost almost two months into the year.
But the Sox quickly gave it all back. They lost six of eight, including being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. The surprising Baltimore Orioles, who just one year earlier set a new standard of incompetence with 18 straight losses to open the year, started to play well and the Red Sox fell into a 5 1/2 game hole.
On May 16th, Roger Clemens (8-4) gave up two hits, walked one and struck out a season-high 12, in a 2-0 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The next night, on the verge of dropping into sixth place and falling 6 games behind the first-place Orioles, the Red Sox got a strong effort from starter Mike Smithson and took a 6-1 victory over the White Sox on the strength of Dwight Evans' grand slam and Nick Esasky's two-run homer.
Even after falling to 8 games back, the Sox weren't in bad shape. No one expected the Orioles or the second-place Cleveland Indians, who hadn’t produced a real contender in decades, to keep up the pace.
On June 24th, the Sox won two, once by day, 6-2, and again by night, 11-2, over the Minnesota Twins. Evans' three RBIs sparked the Game 1 win, as the Sox completed their first doubleheader sweep of the year with some clutch hitting from the fourth inning through the seventh. They rallied from a 1-0 deficit and pummeled Twins pitching for all 11 runs on nine hits across the four innings in Game 2.
Mike Greenwell's inside-the-park homer in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie against the Yankees on July 7th, and Rob Murphy's three innings of near-perfect relief delivered a 6-4 victory.
Amidst trade rumors swirling about him, Wade Boggs started for the American League All Star team, with his fifth All Star appearance in Anaheim.
The Red Sox finally made back to .500, five games behind, on the first game after the All-Star break, with Clemens outdueling Minnesota Twins’ ace Frank Viola in the Metrodome, 3-1, allowing only two hits. It was a battle between the two pitchers generally considered the American League’s best at the time, though this year’s Cy Young Award would go to the Kansas City Royals’ Bret Saberhagen.
On July 23rd, Carl Yastrzemski shared the Cooperstown Hall of Fame stage with the magnificent Johnny Bench and a glittering supporting cast of Red Schoendienst and Al Barlick, but at the end, Yaz knew he was the one they were waiting for.
As soon as Bart Giamatti turned to his right, and in a deep bass voice asked, "Carl, would you come forward," the thunder of applause ripped across the rolling green lawn that held a record crowd of more than 20,000. In moments, they were on their feet, shouting his name, and it echoed around the buildings that house the legends of the game. Yaz soaked in the applause.
The partisan Yastrzemski crowd loved it. As he triumphed on stage, they rolled with him. This was Yaz as they had never seen him before. Not when he stood at first base following his 3,000th hit to share the moment with the Fenway Park crowd, and not even on his emotional Fenway farewell.
The Cincinnati Reds were grounded in Montreal after mechanics discovered hydraulic fluid leaking from the team's plane onto the tarmac, and couldn’t reach Cooperstown to play in the Hall-of-Fame game against the Sox the next day.
The fans were treated to an enjoyable afternoon nonetheless. Nick Esasky and Jim Rice were co-winners of the hitting contest with six homers, and the Red Sox and a team called the "Yastrzemskis" played to a seven-inning, 4-4 tie on the grounds where Abner Doubleday supposedly marked out the first field with a walking stick.
Rice, Esasky, Wade Boggs and Elmira catcher Eric Wedge homered. Wedge's home run was the longest, a 400-foot shot into some trees beyond the left-center-field fence off one of his teammates, righthander Al Sanders. The team called out all the troops to compensate for the Reds' absence, including first base coach and former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry. Bumbry, 42, was still in tremendous condition, and went 1 for 3 with a stolen base off Rich Gedman, whose errant throw to second allowed Bumbry to advance to third. Other highlights included Rice striking out against Elmira righthander Paul Quantrill, a woman running on the field to kiss Mike Greenwell, a boy running on the field to get Greenwell's autograph and Rick Cerone, playing right field, making an astonishing running catch on Kevin Romine's line drive even though he banged his head on the top of the brick dugout before the game.
When meaningful baseball commenced, the Red Sox again lost ground as quickly as they gained it. They ended up splitting four in the Twin Cities, lost a series in Texas, another at home to the Chicago White Sox and a dug a hole as deep as nine games. They worked and chipped it down to four games and were in second place, when the first place Orioles came to Fenway for a four game showdown.
Mike Greenwell, hitting .307 with 12 homers and 65 RBIs, twisted his ankle attempting to scurry back to second base against the Cleveland Indians. While sliding, he caught his leg under his body and badly twisted the ankle, and ended up on the DL.
The Sox came out attacking in Monday’s opener on July 31st, scoring six times in the second inning and winning 9-6. They hit six doubles in the game. The Orioles committed four errors and gave up four unearned runs, three in the six-run second. Evans hit his 13th homer and made a rally-starting catch in right field. The story of this game, however, began and ended with The "Steamer", Bob Stanley. For the first time in exactly two weeks, he won, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing just three hits and a run in relief. He was booed just for warming up, but by the sixth, when he ended the inning by striking out Keith Moreland, he received a standing ovation from the fans behind the dugout.
Tuesday, August 1st, was a doubleheader, and the Red Sox took the opener when Burks broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with an RBI double. Then the Sox took the nightcap as Esasky ripped a three-run shot in the fourth and otherwise inconsistent Wes Gardner had a strong outing on the mound in a 6-2 win. They moved to only one game behind the Orioles for the AL East lead.
In the series finale, the Sox took a 6-0 lead and the Fenway Faithful could smell a first-place tie. But Eric Hetzel, back on the mound after his short stint on Monday was again hit around and this time Stanley’s relief efforts suffered the same fate in a 9-8 loss. The series was clearly a success and the margin in the AL East only two games. But the Red Sox had given away an opportunity for more.
Then, after splitting four games with the Indians to end the home stand, the Sox moved on to Kansas City in 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind. They lost two of three and went to Baltimore.
On August 11th, Roger Clemens and the Red Sox took the opener, 6-4, to crawl within 1 1/2 games of the staggering first-place Orioles. But once again, the Orioles stopped the Sox momentum. Pete Harnisch pitched a three-hitter in the nightcap, beating the Sox, 4-1, and stuffed the Sox back under the .500 mark.
In the next game, the Sox had 20 hits, but they stranded 17 baserunners in the first 12. In the lucky 13th inning, Gedman struck the winning blow with a ground-rule double to center that scored Kevin Romine. Geddy's hit broke an 8-8 tie and the Sox hung on for a 10-8 victory.
The four-game series with the Orioles resulted in split between the pretender contenders. And so, the whole division continued to muddle along. But now Toronto was starting to come on strong.
When the Blue Jays arrived in Fenway on August 14th, for a three-game series, both teams were 2 1/2 games out. The series proved to be the eventual death knell of the season.
The Sox scored twice early on in the Monday opener, on August 14th, but got only two singles over the last six innings in a 4-2 loss. In the second game, Toronto ace, Dave Stieb, kept the bats under control in a 7-2 rout. Clemens got the ball in Wednesday’s finale, and handed over a 3-2 lead to the bullpen. But Rob Murphy came on and blew the save, losing the game 7-3. The Sox were now in 4th place, 4 1/2 game behind the Orioles and 3 games behind the Blue Jays, who were in second place.
The Sox briefly nudged within four games of the lead at the end of August, by going 10-1, but a West Coast trip in early September produced a 1-8 record and ended their pennant hopes. A 13-3 run, including taking a series in Toronto that briefly quelled the Jays’ pennant push, helped the Red Sox finish with a winning record.
On September 25th, Wade Boggs got hits in each of his first three at-bats, becoming the only player with 200 hits in seven consecutive seasons. He was on base in the first when Dwight Evans slashed a homer over the left-field screen, making him the only player with 20 or more homers in each of the last nine seasons.
The same day, without any fanfare or appreciation, Bob Stanley announced his retirement and the team announced that Jim Rice, who was injured and had not played in almost two months, would not be invited back for the next season.
Perhaps the season could have been worse, given the general lack of depth. But sandwiched in between a string of AL East titles, 1989 has the look of one big lost opportunity for the Red Sox.
|04/03/1989||0-1||6th||-1||at Baltimore Orioles||L||5-4||Bob Stanley||0-1|
|04/05/1989||0-1||6th||-1||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|04/06/1989||0-2||6th||-2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||6-4||Mike Smithson||0-1|
|04/07/1989||0-3||7th||-2||at Kansas City Royals||L||9-8||Lee Smith||0-1|
|04/08/1989||0-4||7th||-3||at Kansas City Royals||L||2-1||Rob Murphy||0-1|
|04/09/1989||1-4||6th||-3||at Kansas City Royals||W||8-6||John Dopson||1-0|
|04/10/1989||2-4||5th||-2||Cleveland Indians||W||5-2||Mike Boddicker||1-0|
|04/12/1989||2-5||5th||-3||Cleveland Indians||L||10-6||Oil Can Boyd||0-1|
|04/13/1989||3-5||4th||-2||Cleveland Indians||W||9-1||Roger Clemens||1-0|
|04/14/1989||4-5||3rd||-1||Baltimore Orioles||W||7-4||John Dopson||2-0|
|04/15/1989||4-6||5th||-1||Baltimore Orioles||L||12-4||Mike Boddicker||1-1|
|04/17/1989||5-6||2nd||-1||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-4||Lee Smith||1-1|
|04/18/1989||5-6||3rd||-1/2||at Cleveland Indians||pp|
|04/19/1989||6-6||1st||+1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||8-4||Roger Clemens||2-0|
|04/20/1989||7-6||1st||+1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-2||Oil Can Boyd||1-1|
|04/21/1989||7-7||1st||-||Kansas City Royals||L||7-4||John Dopson||2-1|
|04/22/1989||7-8||2nd||-1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||7-3||Mike Boddicker||1-2|
|04/23/1989||7-9||2nd||-1 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||10-0||Wes Gardner||0-1|
|04/25/1989||8-9||3rd||-1||Chicago White Sox||W||11-0||Roger Clemens||3-0|
|04/26/1989||9-9||3rd||-1||Chicago White Sox||W||5-4||Bob Stanley||1-1|
|04/27/1989||9-10||3rd||-1||Chicago White Sox||L||3-1||Mike Smithson||0-2|
|04/28/1989||9-11||3rd||-1||at Texas Rangers||L||7-6||Rob Murphy||0-2|
|04/29/1989||10-11||1st||-||at Texas Rangers||W||8-5||Wes Gardner||1-1|
|04/30/1989||10-12||3rd||-1||at Texas Rangers||L||2-1||Roger Clemens||3-1|
|05/01/1989||11-12||3rd||-1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||13-6||Oil Can Boyd||2-1|
|05/02/1989||12-12||2nd||-1/2||at Minnesota Twins||W||4-2||John Dopson||3-1|
|05/03/1989||13-12||1st||+1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||8-4||Mike Boddicker||2-2|
|05/04/1989||13-13||1st||-||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-4||Wes Gardner||1-2|
|05/05/1989||14-13||1st||+1/2||Texas Rangers||W||7-6||Roger Clemens||4-1|
|05/06/1989||15-13||1st||+1/2||Texas Rangers||W||7-0||Mike Smithson||1-2|
|05/07/1989||16-13||1st||+1||Texas Rangers||W||9-5||John Dopson||4-1|
|05/08/1989||16-14||1st||+1/2||Minnesota Twins||L||4-2||Mike Boddicker||2-3|
|05/09/1989||16-15||1st||+1/2||Minnesota Twins||L||6-2||Wes Gardner||1-3|
|05/12/1989||17-15||1st||+1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||2-0||Roger Clemens||5-1|
|05/13/1989||17-16||1st||+1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||14-6||John Dopson||4-2|
|05/14/1989||17-17||1st||-||at Seattle Mariners||L||4-3||Mike Boddicker||2-4|
|05/16/1989||17-18||1st||-||at California Angels||L||7-2||Mike Smithson||1-3|
|05/17/1989||17-19||2nd||-1/2||at California Angels||L||5-0||Roger Clemens||5-2|
|05/18/1989||18-19||1st||+1/2||at California Angels||W||5-2||John Dopson||5-2|
|05/19/1989||19-19||1st||+1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||7-4||Bob Stanley||2-1|
|05/20/1989||19-20||1st||+1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||6-3||Wes Gardner||1-3|
|05/21/1989||19-21||2nd||-1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||5-4||Roger Clemens||5-3|
|05/23/1989||20-21||1st||-||Seattle Mariners||W||6-5||Lee Smith||2-1|
|05/24/1989||21-21||1st||-||Seattle Mariners||W||6-5||Mike Boddicker||3-4|
|05/25/1989||22-21||1st||+1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||10-0||Mike Smithson||2-3|
|05/26/1989||22-22||2nd||-1/2||California Angels||L||6-0||Roger Clemens||5-4|
|05/28/1989||22-23||2nd||-1||California Angels||L||3-0||John Dopson||5-3|
|05/29/1989||23-23||2nd||-1||Oakland Athletics||W||3-2||Lee Smith||3-1|
|05/30/1989||23-24||2nd||-2||Oakland Athletics||L||4-2||Mike Smithson||2-4|
|05/31/1989||24-24||2nd||-2||Oakland Athletics||W||4-3||Lee Smith||4-1|
|06/02/1989||24-25||3rd||-3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||7-2||John Dopson||5-4|
|06/03/1989||24-26||3rd||-4 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||10-2||Mike Boddicker||3-5|
|06/04/1989||24-27||3rd||-5 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||13-11||Dennis Lamp||0-1|
|06/05/1989||25-27||3rd||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||6-4|
|06/06/1989||25-28||3rd||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-1||Joe Price||1-2|
|06/07/1989||26-28||3rd||-5||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-1||John Dopson||6-4|
|06/08/1989||26-29||3rd||-5||at New York Yankees||L||8-7||Bob Stanley||2-2|
|06/09/1989||26-29||3rd||-5 1/2||at New York Yankees||pp|
|06/10/1989||27-29||3rd||-4 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||14-8||Roger Clemens||7-4|
|06/11/1989||27-30||5th||-4 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||4-2||Joe Price||1-3|
|06/13/1989||28-31||3rd||-5||Detroit Tigers||W||8-7||Wes Gardner||2-4|
|06/14/1989||28-32||4th||-5||Detroit Tigers||L||7-3||Mike Boddicker||3-6|
|06/15/1989||28-32||4th||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||pp|
|06/16/1989||29-32||3rd||-5||at Chicago White Sox||W||2-0||Roger Clemens||8-4|
|06/17/1989||30-32||3rd||-5||at Chicago White Sox||W||6-1||Mike Smithson||3-4|
|06/18/1989||31-32||2nd||-5||at Chicago White Sox||W||7-4||Joe Price||2-3|
|06/19/1989||31-33||4th||-6||at Chicago White Sox||L||8-2||John Dopson||6-5|
|06/20/1989||32-33||2nd||-6||Texas Rangers||W||6-3||Mike Boddicker||4-6|
|06/21/1989||32-34||2nd||-7||Texas Rangers||L||10-3||Roger Clemens||8-5|
|06/22/1989||32-35||4th||-8||Texas Rangers||L||9-1||Mike Smithson||3-5|
|06/23/1989||32-36||4th||-8||Minnesota Twins||L||10-0||Joe Price||2-4|
|06/24/1989||33-36||3rd||-7||Minnesota Twins||W||6-2||John Dopson||7-5|
|34-36||3rd||-6 1/2||W||11-2||Mike Smithson||4-5|
|06/25/1989||34-37||4th||-6 1/2||Minnesota Twins||L||7-0||Mike Boddicker||4-7|
|06/27/1989||34-38||4th||-7 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-4||Roger Clemens||8-6|
|06/28/1989||34-39||6th||-8 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||12-5||Mike Smithson||4-6|
|06/29/1989||35-39||4th||-7 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||2-1||John Dopson||8-5|
|06/30/1989||36-39||3rd||-6 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||3-1||Mike Boddicker||5-7|
|07/01/1989||37-39||3rd||-6 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||3-1||Eric Hetzel||1-0|
|07/02/1989||38-39||2nd||-5 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-1||Rob Murphy||1-3|
|07/03/1989||38-40||2nd||-6 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||3-2||Mike Smithson||4-7|
|07/04/1989||38-41||3rd||-7 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||4-3||Joe Price||2-5|
|07/06/1989||39-41||3rd||-7||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-4||Mike Boddicker||6-7|
|07/07/1989||40-41||3rd||-6||New York Yankees||W||6-4||Roger Clemens||9-6|
|07/08/1989||40-42||3rd||-7||New York Yankees||L||7-5||Mike Smithson||4-8|
|07/09/1989||41-42||3rd||-6||New York Yankees||W||10-5||Lee Smith||5-1|
|07/10/1989||All Star Game Break|
|07/13/1989||42-42||3rd||-5||at Minnesota Twins||W||3-1||Roger Clemens||10-6|
|07/14/1989||43-42||2nd||-5||at Minnesota Twins||W||5-0||Mike Boddicker||7-7|
|07/15/1989||43-43||2nd||-6||at Minnesota Twins||L||3-2||Mike Smithson||4-9|
|07/16/1989||43-44||3rd||-7||at Minnesota Twins||L||4-3||Rob Murphy||1-4|
|07/17/1989||43-45||4th||-8||at Texas Rangers||L||12-6||Wes Gardner||2-5|
|07/18/1989||43-46||4th||-9||at Texas Rangers||L||8-1||Roger Clemens||10-7|
|07/19/1989||44-46||3rd||-8||at Texas Rangers||W||4-0||Mike Boddicker||8-7|
|07/21/1989||44-47||3rd||-7 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||1-0||Eric Heitzel||1-1|
|07/22/1989||44-48||4th||-7 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||10-6||Rob Murphy||1-5|
|07/23/1989||45-48||4th||-6 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||8-2||Roger Clemens||11-7|
|07/24/1989||45-48||4th||-6 1/2||The Hall of Fame Game||T||4-4|
|07/25/1989||46-48||3rd||-5 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||10-0||Mike Boddicker||9-7|
|07/26/1989||46-49||4th||-5 1/2||Kansas City Royals||L||7-4||Joe Price||2-6|
|07/27/1989||47-49||4th||-4 1/2||Kansas City Royals||W||7-2||John Dopson||9-5|
|07/28/1989||47-50||4th||-5 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||3-2||Roger Clemens||11-8|
|07/29/1989||48-51||4th||-5||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-0||Mike Smithson||5-9|
|07/30/1989||49-51||3rd||-4||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-2||Dennis Lamp||6-10|
|07/31/1989||50-51||2nd||-3||Baltimore Orioles||W||9-6||Bob Stanley||3-2|
|08/01/1989||51-51||2nd||-2||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-3||Rob Murphy||2-5|
|08/02/1989||52-52||2nd||-2||Baltimore Orioles||L||9-8||Eric Hetzel||1-2|
|08/03/1989||52-53||2nd||-2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||4-2||Tom Bolton||0-1|
|08/04/1989||52-54||4th||-2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||4-3||Mike Boddicker||9-8|
|08/05/1989||53-54||2nd||-2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||10-2||Mike Smithson||6-9|
|08/06/1989||54-54||2nd||-2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||6-4||Rob Murphy||3-5|
|08/07/1989||54-55||3rd||-2 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||6-4||Greg Harris||2-3|
|08/08/1989||54-56||3rd||-3 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||L||8-1||Tom Bolton||0-2|
|08/09/1989||55-56||3rd||-2 1/2||at Kansas City Royals||W||6-2||Mike Boddicker||10-8|
|08/11/1989||56-56||2nd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-4||Roger Clemens||12-8|
|56-57||2nd||-2 1/2||L||4-1||Mike Smithson||6-10|
|08/12/1989||57-57||2nd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||10-8||Bob Stanley||4-2|
|08/13/1989||57-58||2nd||-2 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||6-1||Tom Bolton||0-3|
|08/14/1989||57-59||4th||-3 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||4-2||Mike Boddicker||10-9|
|08/15/1989||57-60||4th||-4 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||7-2||Mike Smithson||6-11|
|08/16/1989||57-61||4th||-4 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||7-3||Rob Murphy||3-6|
|08/17/1989||57-62||4th||-5 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-4||Wes Gardner||3-7|
|08/18/1989||57-63||4th||-5 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||5-2||Tom Bolton||0-4|
|08/19/1989||58-63||4th||-4 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||3-1||Greg Harris||3-3|
|08/20/1989||58-64||4th||-5 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-3||Mike Smithson||6-12|
|08/21/1989||58-65||4th||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||6-4||Roger Clemens||12-9|
|08/22/1989||59-65||4th||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||4-3||Rob Murphy||4-6|
|08/23/1989||60-65||4th||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||4-1||Mike Boddicker||11-9|
|08/25/1989||61-65||4th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Mike Smithson||7-12|
|08/26/1989||63-65||4th||-6||Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||13-9|
|08/27/1989||64-65||3rd||-6||Detroit Tigers||W||7-1||Joe Price||3-6|
|08/28/1989||65-65||3rd||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||6-3||Mike Boddicker||12-9|
|08/29/1989||66-65||3rd||-4 1/2||California Angels||W||8-4||Dennis Lamp||3-1|
|08/30/1989||67-66||3rd||-5||California Angels||L||4-0||John Dopson||9-6|
|08/31/1989||68-66||3rd||-4||California Angels||W||5-2||Roger Clemens||14-9|
|09/01/1989||68-67||3rd||-5||Seattle Mariners||L||7-2||Mike Smithson||7-13|
|09/02/1989||69-67||3rd||-5||Seattle Mariners||W||6-5||Dennis Lamp||4-1|
|09/03/1989||69-68||3rd||-5||Seattle Mariners||L||3-2||Oil Can Boyd||2-2|
|09/04/1989||70-68||3rd||-5||at Oakland Athletics||W||8-5||John Dopson||10-6|
|09/05/1989||70-69||3rd||-6||at Oakland Athletics||L||13-1||Roger Clemens||14-10|
|09/06/1989||70-70||3rd||-7||at Oakland Athletics||L||7-5||Mike Smithson||7-14|
|09/08/1989||70-71||3rd||-7 1/2||at California Angels||L||2-1||Mike Boddicker||12-10|
|09/09/1989||70-72||4th||-8 1/2||at California Angels||L||8-5||Rob Murphy||4-7|
|09/10/1989||70-73||4th||-9 1/2||at California Angels||L||2-1||Dennis Lamp||4-2|
|09/11/1989||70-74||4th||-10||at Seattle Mariners||L||2-1||John Dopson||10-7|
|09/12/1989||70-75||4th||-10||at Seattle Mariners||L||5-3||Eric Hetzel||1-3|
|09/13/1989||70-76||4th||-10||at Seattle Mariners||L||7-4||Mike Boddicker||12-11|
|09/15/1989||71-76||4th||-9 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||7-2||Roger Clemens||15-10|
|09/16/1989||72-76||4th||-9 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||5-2||John Dopson||11-7|
|09/17/1989||73-76||4th||-9 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||7-6||Greg Harris||4-3|
|09/18/1989||74-76||4th||-8 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-3||Mike Boddicker||13-11|
|09/19/1989||74-77||4th||-9 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||L||6-5||Greg Harris||4-4|
|09/20/1989||75-77||4th||-8 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||10-3||Roger Clemens||16-10|
|09/22/1989||76-77||4th||-8 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||9-7||Rob Murphy||5-7|
|09/23/1989||77-77||4th||-7 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-1||Mike Boddicker||14-11|
|09/24/1989||78-77||4th||-6 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Oil Can Boyd||3-2|
|09/25/1989||79-77||3rd||-6 1/2||New York Yankees||W||7-4||Roger Clemens||17-10|
|09/26/1989||80-77||3rd||-5 1/2||New York Yankees||W||9-5||Eric Hetzel||2-3|
|09/27/1989||80-78||3rd||-6 1/2||New York Yankees||L||3-0||John Dopson||11-8|
|09/28/1989||81-78||3rd||-6||Milwaukee Brewers||W||12-6||Mike Boddicker||15-11|
|09/29/1989||82-78||3rd||-6||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-4||Lee Smith||6-1|
|09/30/1989||82-79||3rd||-7||Milwaukee Brewers||L||3-1||Roger Clemens||7-11|
|10/01/1989||83-79||3rd||-6||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-1||John Dopson||12-8|
|1989 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|
CARL YASTRZEMSKI'S HOF INDUCTION SPEECH