2005 BOSTON RED SOX
A TEAM "FIT TO BE TIED" ...
 

Al Lopez   Dick Radatz   Bill Voiselle   Earl Wilson
Died: Oct 30th   Died: March 16th   Died: Jan 31st   Died: March 25th


The off-season between 2004 and 2005 was not kind to Boston. Pedro Martinez, the staff’s #2 starter behind Curt Schilling, departed via free agency. Schilling himself was hurt much of the year and inconsistent when he did pitch, the fallout from his epic “bloody sock” game in Yankee Stadium the previous October. Boston’s closer Keith Foulke fell apart physically.

The Red Sox crushed the baseball from the start of the season to the end. Eight of the nine lineup positions had players finish with an on-base percentage over .350. The one that didn’t, second base, was filled by August acquisition Tony Graffanino, who promptly hit .319 for the last month-plus.

Johnny Damon had a stellar first half, though injuries slowed him up after the All-Star break. Jason Varitek hit 22 home runs. Bill Mueller had a .369 on-base percentage, while Trot Nixon was at .357. Kevin Millar and John Olerud were a productive first-base platoon, churning out on-base percentage. All of that in of itself would have given Boston a nice offense. But that was only where it began. The duo of Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz were at their peak working together in the middle of the lineup. Manny hit 45 home runs and drove in 144 runs. Ortiz launched 47 bombs and drove in 148 runs. The numbers were astonishing and they covered for a problematic pitching staff.

 

 

No Boston starter had an ERA below 4.00, Tim Wakefield’s 16-12 record with a 4.15 ERA marked him the staff ace this season. Matt Clement started the year strong and was 6-0 at the end of May, but fell apart after the All-Star break. Bronson Arroyo was up and down. David Wells, their former nemesis when was with New York, pitched well down the stretch, but still had a 4.45 ERA for the year. Schilling fought with everything he had, an even volunteered for work as the closer when bullpen depth founded, he just never found the consistency, unable to string together consecutive strong starts. It was as though his body wouldn’t allow it, as he recovered from ankle surgery and he finished the year 8-8 with a 5.69 ERA.

It added up to a team that led the league in runs scored, but was 11th in ERA. Nonetheless, they hung in with the Yankees, who never put their own pitching together.  It started on April 11th, with the Yankees lined up on the third base line, watching the Red Sox raising the 2004 pennant, won partly at their expense.  It was highlighted by Mariano Rivera getting cat calls from the Boston fans, only to win them over by smiling to the crowd, tipping his hat, and enjoying the moment.  They beat the Yankees that day, lost the next game and won the last game of that opening series on April 14th, by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the last game.

The Red Sox started off playing .500 baseball thru the end of April, but getting good outings from rookie Bronson Arroyo, Matt Clement and Tim Wakefield.  At the plate it was Johnny Damon, who was batting close to .400 at the beginning of May.  On May 10th, Fenway saw a dramatic ninth inning walk-off win from the bat of Kevin Millar, who made an error to put them behind in a game against Oakland, only to atone for it, with a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth.  Then the next night, on May 11th, it was Jason Varitek, who provided the fireworks with the second walk-off home run in as many nights, after Keith Foulke had blown Clement's lead. This was just the second time in their history, the Sox have won on walk-off home runs on consecutive days. The other time was back on July 21 and 22, 1935 when Wes Ferrell accomplished the feat. As the Red Sox closed in on Baltimore, it was David Ortiz with another trademark walk-off 9th inning homer, that beat the Orioles on June 2nd.  On the following night, June 3rd, it was Johnny Damon's bases-clearing double that won it for the Sox.

In June the team started 4 games behind Baltimore. But the month was all about pitching.  Matt Clement upped his record to 9-1.  Tim Wakefield got hot at the end of the month, along with David Wells and Wade Miller.  The starters had a 1.78 ERA, winning 12 of 13 games. Meanwhile the bullpen, anchored by Mike Timlin, Alan Embree, and Keith Foulke saved some much needed games. Boston took first place on June 24th and finished the month 17-9, in front by 2 1/2 games.

But as July began, the bullpen faltered. Keith Foulke couldn't hold a lead and Mike Timlin was called upon to close.  Tim Wakefield kept winning but Bronson Arroyo was undependable and Matt Clement cooled off.  Wakefield went 4-0 in his previous five starts with a 1.70 ERA.  While the pitching slowed, the hitters, led by Manny and David Ortiz kept hitting. Both had more than 20 homers by the beginning of July.  But as Manny kept swatting home runs, he asked to be traded. 

The Baltimore Orioles were caught on June 24th and the Sox had a chance to open it up, building up a 4 game lead on the Orioles after July 4th.  But they lost 3 out of 4 games in a series with Baltimore, as well as one with the Yankees. While the Yankees kept closing the gap, the Orioles started to fade.  New York was seven games out in the beginning of June and closed the gap to 1/2 game after the All Star break.

Curt Schilling came back to the team after his "Bloody Sock" ankle bothering him for the first half of the season. With Keith Foulke out, he closed out games with success. Schilling won a dramatic 10 inning game on July 26th.  It was a win that saw both the Sox and Devil Rays take the lead and lose it again.  But it was a game where all the Sox held their breath after Matt Clement got beaned with a line drive hit back at him.

MATT CLEMENT

The Sox picked up two key additions to bolster their lineup.  John Olerud came in to platoon at first base with Kevin Millar, and both played great ball.  Tony Graffanino was picked up from the Royals to replace the struggling Mark Bellhorn at second base. One highlight was Olerud's grandslam homer which won a dramatic game against the Twins on July 29th.

The trading deadline passed without much action.  Manny Ramirez stayed with the team and the drama around him wanting to be traded, was attributed to "Manny Being Manny".  He knocked in four runs and hit his 29th homer in a comeback win on August 2nd. On August 4th, Clement came back, but gave up six earned runs in an 11-9 win over Kansas City.  Meanwhile, Curt Schilling once again closed it out, his eighth save and sixth in the Sox previous seven wins.  Their lead over the Yankees increased to 5 1/2 games by August 10th, going 14-2 over a two week stretch.  In that time they batted .319 as a team, averaging 8 1/2 runs per game.

Going into September, the Red Sox had been in first place for 68 0f the last 69 days. The Sox had won 18 of the 19 games they played at Fenway Park, with a .327 team batting average and clubbing 28 homers, but with a team ERA of 4.92 

Matt Clement came back from his beaning and again found his groove.  He was 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and two home runs allowed in five starts into September.  Mike Timlin established a new team record for appearances on September 3rd, while David Wells came back from a six game suspension and pitched a complete game on September 4th.  They still lead the Yankees by 3 1/2 games. 

But early September belonged to David Ortiz. On September 6th, Ortiz helped the team's most consistent starter, Tim Wakefield, win his fourteenth game and the seventh in his last eight decisions, with another walk-off home run.  It was the sixth time he had done it in his Red Sox career. Then on September 12th he knocked out his 40th homer in the 11th inning, to beat the Blue Jays, 6-5 in Toronto. He knocked out another a game winner in Toronto, two nights later, in the eighth inning on September 14th, to beat the Jays, 5-3.

The Red Sox faced the Yankees in New York in early September and lost 2 of 3, including a great effort by Tim Wakefield, losing a 1-0 duel with Randy Johnson on September 11th.  With the Yankees closing the gap to just 1 1/2 games, Wakefield then went nine innings, for the second time in his last three starts, on September 16th, as the Sox pulled out an extra inning 3-2 win over Oakland.

The Sox went into Tampa Bay with a slim 1/2 game lead over the Yankees. On September 20th the Sox bombed the Devil Rays, 15-2.  David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez each walloped two home runs in the game. It was Ortiz's seventh homer in his last five road games, giving him a team-record 27 road home runs for the season.  But the Sox lost the next day and the Yankees pulled ahead by 1/2 game in the standings.  To complicate matters even more, the Sox found themselves 1 game behind the Cleveland Indians for the wild card.

After a dramatic walk-off must win on September 29th against Toronto, where David Ortiz knocked in both the tying and winning runs, the stage was set for the Red Sox to meet the Yankees at Fenway Park, for the final three-game showdown of the season. There was more than A.L. East bragging rights on the line, there was playoff survival. The Yankees had a 1 game lead over the Sox, but the Cleveland Indians were tied with the Red Sox at 93-66 for the lone wild-card spot.

David Wells pitched Friday night’s opener on September 30th, and gave seven strong innings. Boston led 2-1 in the sixth, when Damon singled and stole second. Walks to Ramirez and Ortiz set up a bases-loaded walk, an error and a sac fly that brought home three runs. Boston won 5-3, pulled even in the A.L. East and took a one-game lead on Cleveland, who lost.

It was on Saturday, October 1st that things turned bizarre. Cleveland lost, and that meant the Boston-New York winner would clinch a playoff berth. The Yankees led the head-to-head series with the Red Sox, 9-8 coming into Saturday, meaning that a victory could clinch the season series, which was the tiebreaker. Thus, when New York won 8-4, behind Randy Johnson, they clinched the A.L. East.

The scene at Fenway Park was surreal. Fans and players were geared up for a best-of-three to settle the division. Yankee players had to be informed that they clinched the division. The Yankees earned it. They had trailed the Sox almost all year and were still 5 1/2 behind Aug. 10. But they won 16 of their last 20.

Boston still had to clinch its playoff spot and they did so easily on October 2nd. Curt Schilling pitched six strong innings and Manny helped break the game open in the fourth with a massive three-run home run (his 45th) to centerfield. The Red Sox won 10-1, clinched the wild card, and broke out their own champagne in a very quiet ball park.

Thus, one of sport’s greatest rivalries, which was then at its peak, ended not with a showdown, but with both teams celebrating on back-to-back days, each finishing with 95-67 records. The Yankees “won” the A.L. East, not by a Bucky Dent-like moment, as happened in 1978, but by the vagaries of a tiebreaker system.

The Red Sox opened the ALDS in Chicago and were dominated by Jose Contreras in Game #1, losing 14-2. David Wells made a great effort for the Sox in Game #2, but a costly error by Tony Graffanino gave the White Sox a second life.  Chicago quickly took advantage of the miscue and went on  to a 5-4 win. The Red Sox returned to Fenway in a must win situation.  But unlike 2004, there was no heroics.  Orlando Hernandez completed the sweep for the White Sox with a powerful Game #3 performance, 5-3.

The White Sox were an outstanding team, swept the Red Sox and continued  to a World Series title.
 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/03/2005 0-1 5th -1  at New York Yankees L 9-2 David Wells 0-1
04/04/2005 0-1 5th -1  
04/05/2005 0-2 4th -2  at New York Yankees L 4-31 Keith Foulke 0-1
04/06/2005 1-2 4th -1  at New York Yankees W 7-3 Mike Timlin 1-0
04/07/2005 1-2 3rd -1  
04/08/2005 2-2 1st -  at Toronto Blue Jays W 6-5 Bronson Arroyo 1-0
04/09/2005 2-3 4th -1  at Toronto Blue Jays L 12-5 David Wells 0-2
04/10/2005 2-4 5th -2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Mike Timlin 1-1
04/11/2005 3-4 4th -2  New York Yankees W 8-1 Tim Wakefield 8-1
04/12/2005 3-4 3rd -2 1/2  
04/13/2005 3-5 4th -2 1/2  New York Yankees L 5-2 Curt Schilling 0-1
04/14/2005 4-5 4th -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 8-5 Keith Foulke 1-1
04/15/2005 5-5 3rd -1 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 10-0 David Wells 1-2
04/16/2005 6-5 3rd -1 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 6-2 Matt Clement 1-0
04/17/2005 7-5 3rd -1  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 3-1 Tim Wakefield 2-0
04/18/2005 8-5 1st -  Toronto Blue Jays W 12-7 Curt Schilling 1-1
04/19/2005 8-6 3rd -1  Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Keith Foulke 1-2
04/20/2005 9-6 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles W 8-0 David Wells 2-2
04/21/2005 10-6 1st +1  at Baltimore Orioles W 1-0 Matt Clement 2-0
04/22/2005 10-7 1st -  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 5-4 Alan Embree 0-1
04/23/2005 10-8 2nd -1  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 6-5 Curt Schilling 1-2
04/24/2005 11-8 2nd -1  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 11-3 Bronson Arroyo 2-0
04/25/2005 11-9 2nd -2  Baltimore Orioles L 8-4 David Wells 2-3
04/26/2005 11-10 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles L 11-8 Keith Foulke 1-3
04/27/2005 11-10 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/28/2005 11-10 2nd -3  
04/29/2005 11-11 3rd -4  at Texas Rangers L 7-2 Tim Wakefield 2-1
04/30/2005 12-11 2nd -4  at Texas Rangers W 9-2 Bronson Arroyo 3-0
05/01/2005 13-11 2nd -4  at Texas Rangers W 6-5 Matt Clement 3-0
05/02/2005 13-12 3rd -4  at Detroit Tigers L 8-3 Blaine Neal 0-1
05/03/2005 14-12 3rd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 5-3 John Halama 1-0
05/04/2005 15-12 2nd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 4-3 Tim Wakefield 3-1
05/05/2005 16-12 2nd -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Bronson Arroyo 4-0
05/06/2005 17-12 2nd -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 7-2 Matt Clement 4-0
05/07/2005 17-12 2nd -3  Seattle Mariners pp  
05/08/2005 18-12 2nd -2  Seattle Mariners W 6-3 Geremi Gonzalez 1-0
18-13 2nd -2 1/2 L 6 John Halama 1-1
05/09/2005 19-13 2nd -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 13-5 Tim Wakefield 4-1
05/10/2005 20-13 2nd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Matt Mantei 1-0
05/11/2005 21-13 2nd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-5 Keith Foulke 2-3
05/12/2005 21-13 2nd -1  
05/13/2005 21-14 2nd -1  at Seattle Mariners L 14-7 Geremi Gonzalez \/1-1
05/14/2005 22-14 2nd -1  at Seattle Mariners W 6-3 Mike Myers 1-0
05/15/2005 22-15 2nd -2  at Seattle Mariners L 5-4 Tim Wakefield 4-2
05/16/2005 22-16 2nd -2 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 6-4 Mike Myers 1-1
05/17/2005 23-16 2nd -2 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 7-5 Alan Embree 1-1
05/18/2005 23-17 2nd -3 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 13-6 David Wells 2-4
05/19/2005 23-17 2nd -3  
05/20/2005 24-17 2nd -2  Atlanta Braves W 4-3 Wade Miller 1-0
05/21/2005 24-18 2nd -3  Atlanta Braves L 7-5 Tim Wakefield 4-3
05/22/2005 25-18 2nd -2  Atlanta Braves W 5-2 Matt Clement 5-0
05/23/2005 25-18 2nd -2  
05/24/2005 25-19 2nd -3  at Toronto Blue Jays L 9-6 Alan Embree 1-2
05/25/2005 25-20 2nd -4  at Toronto Blue Jays L 6-1 Bronson Arroyo 4-1
05/26/2005 25-21 4th -5  at Toronto Blue Jays L 8-1 Wade Miller 1-1
05/27/2005 25-22 4th -5  at New York Yankees L 6-3 Tim Wakefield 4-4
05/28/2005 26-22 3rd -4  at New York Yankees W 17-1 Matt Clement 6-0
05/29/2005 27-22 2nd -3  at New York Yankees W 7-2 David Wells 3-4
05/30/2005 27-23 2nd -4  Baltimore Orioles L 8-1 Bronson Arroyo 4-2
05/31/2005 28-23 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles W 5-1 Wade Miller 2-1
06/01/2005 28-24 2nd -4  Baltimore Orioles L 9-3 Tim Wakefield 4-5
06/02/2005 29-24 2nd -3  Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Keith Foulke 3-3
06/03/2005 30-24 2nd -2  Los Angeles Angels W 7-4 Mike Myers 2-1
06/04/2005 30-25 2nd -3  Los Angeles Angels L 13-6 Alan Embree 1-3
06/05/2005 31-25 2nd -3  Los Angeles Angels W 6-3 Mike Myers 3-1
06/06/2005 31-26 2nd -4  at St. Louis Cardinals L 7-1 Tim Wakefield 4-6
06/07/2005 31-27 2nd -4  at St. Louis Cardinals L 9-2 Matt Clement 6-1
06/08/2005 32-27 2nd -3  at St. Louis Cardinals W 4-0 David Wells 4-4
06/09/2005 32-27 2nd -3  
06/10/2005 32-28 2nd -4  at Chicago Cubs L 14-6 Bronson Arroyo 4-3
06/11/2005 32-29 2nd -4  at Chicago Cubs L 7-6 Wade Miller 2-2
06/12/2005 33-29 2nd -3  at Chicago Cubs W 8-1 Tim Wakefield 5-6
06/13/2005 34-29 2nd -3  Cincinnati Reds W 10-3 Matt Clement 7-1
06/14/2005 35-29 2nd -3  Cincinnati Reds W 7-0 David Wells 7-1
06/15/2005 36-29 2nd -3  Cincinnati Reds W 6-1 Bronson Arroyo 5-3
06/16/2005 36-29 2nd -3  
06/17/2005 37-29 2nd -2  Pittsburgh Pirates W 6-5 Keith Foulke 4-3
06/18/2005 37-30 2nd -3  Pittsburgh Pirates L 2-0 Alan Embree 1-4
06/19/2005 38-30 2nd -3  Pittsburgh Pirates W 8-0 Matt Clement 8-1
06/20/2005 39-30 2nd -2  at Cleveland Indians W 10-9 David Wells 6-4
06/21/2005 40-30 2nd -2  at Cleveland Indians W 9-2 Bronson Arroyo 6-3
06/22/2005 41-30 2nd -1  at Cleveland Indians W 5-4 Keith Foulke 5-3
06/23/2005 41-30 2nd -1/2  
06/24/2005 42-30 1st +1/2  at Philadelphia Phillies W 8-0 Tim Wakefield 6-6
06/25/2005 43-30 1st +1 1/2  at Philadelphia Phillies W 7-1 Matt Clement 9-1
06/26/2005 44-30 1st +2 1/2  at Philadelphia Phillies W 12-8 Mike Timlin 2-1
06/27/2005 44-31 1st +2 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 7-0 Bronson Arroyo 6-4
06/28/2005 44-32 1st +1 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 12-8 Keith Foulke 5-4
06/29/2005 45-32 1st +2  Cleveland Indians W 5-2 Tim Wakefield 7-6
06/30/2005 45-32 1st +2 1/2  
07/01/2005 45-33 1st +2 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 15-2 Matt Clement 9-2
07/02/2005 46-33 1st +2 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-4 Mike Timlin 3-1
07/03/2005 46-34 1st +2 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2 Bronson Arroyo 6-5
07/04/2005 46-35 1st +2 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 6-5 Keith Foulke 5-5
07/05/2005 47-35 1st +3 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 7-4 Tim Wakefield 8-6
07/06/2005 48-35 1st +4  at Texas Rangers W 7-4 Matt Clement 10-2
07/07/2005 48-36 1st +3  at Baltimore Orioles L 2-1 David Wells 6-5
07/08/2005 49-36 1st +4  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-2 Bronson Arroyo 7-5
07/09/2005 49-37 1st +3  at Baltimore Orioles L 9-1 Wade Miller 2-3
07/10/2005 49-38 1st +2  at Baltimore Orioles L 4-1 Tim Wakefield 8-7
07/11/2005 All Star Game Break
07/12/2005
07/13/2005
07/14/2005 49-39 1st +1  New York Yankees L 8-6 Curt Schilling 1-3
07/15/2005 50-39 1st +1  New York Yankees W 17-1 David Wells 7-5
07/16/2005 50-40 1st +1  New York Yankees L 7-4 Matt Clement 10-3
07/17/2005 50-41 1st +1/2  New York Yankees L 5-3 Tim Wakefield 8-8
07/18/2005 50-42 2nd -1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 3-1 Wade Miller 2-4
07/19/2005 51-42 1st +1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 5-2 Bronson Arroyo 8-5
07/20/2005 52-42 1st +1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 9-4 David Wells 8-5
07/21/2005 53-42 1st +1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-5 Curt Schilling 2-3
07/22/2005 53-43 1st +1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 8-4 Tim Wakefield 8-9
07/23/2005 54-43 1st +2 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 3-0 Wade Miller 3-4
07/24/2005 54-44 1st +1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 6-4 Bronson Arroyo 8-6
07/25/2005 54-45 1st +1  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 4-3 Curt Schilling 2-4
07/26/2005 55-45 1st +1  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 10-9 Curt Schilling 3-4
07/27/2005 56-45 1st +2  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 4-1 Tim Wakefield 9-9
07/28/2005 56-45 1st +1 1/2  
07/29/2005 57-45 1st +2 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 8-5 Bronson Arroyo 9-6
07/30/2005 58-45 1st +2 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 6-2 David Wells 9-5
07/31/2005 59-45 1st +2 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Mike Timlin 4-1
08/01/2005 59-45 1st +2 1/2  
08/02/2005 60-45 1st +3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 6-4 Tim Wakefield 10-9
08/03/2005 61-45 1st +4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 8-5 Wade Miller 4-4
08/04/2005 62-45 1st +4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 11-9 Matt Clement 11-3
08/05/2005 62-46 1st +3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 12-0 Bronson Arroyo 9-7
08/06/2005 62-47 1st +3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 4-3 Mike Timlin 4-2
08/07/2005 63-47 1st +3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 11-7 Tim Wakefield 11-9
08/08/2005 64-47 1st +3 1/2  Texas Rangers W 11-6 Geremi Gonzalez 2-1
08/09/2005 65-47 1st +4 1/2  Texas Rangers W 8-7 Curt Schilling 4-4
08/10/2005 66-47 1st +5 1/2  Texas Rangers W 16-5 Bronson Arroyo 10-7
08/11/2005 66-47 1st +5  
08/12/2005 67-47 1st +5  Chicago White Sox W 9-8 Chad Bradford 1-0
08/13/2005 68-47 1st +5  Chicago White Sox W 7-4 Tim Wakefield 12-9
08/14/2005 68-47 1st +4 1/2  Chicago White Sox pp  
08/15/2005 68-48 1st +3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 7-6 Curt Schilling 4-5
08/16/2005 69-48 1st +4 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 10-7 Chad Bradford 2-0
08/17/2005 69-49 1st +4 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 David Wells 9-6
08/18/2005 69-50 1st +4  at Los Angeles Angels L 13-4 Tim Wakefield 12-10
08/19/2005 70-50 1st +4  at Los Angeles Angels W 4-3 Curt Schilling 5-5
08/20/2005 70-51 1st +3  at Los Angeles Angels L 4-2 Bronson Arroyo 10-8
08/21/2005 71-51 1st +4  at Los Angeles Angels W 5-1 Mike Timlin 5-2
08/22/2005 71-51 1st +3 1/2  
08/23/2005 72-51 1st +3 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 5-2 David Wells 10-6
08/24/2005 72-52 1st +3 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 4-3 Bronson Arroyo 10-9
08/25/2005 72-53 1st +2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 7-4 Curt Schilling 5-6
08/26/2005 73-53 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 7-4 Tim Wakefield 12-9
08/27/2005 73-54 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 12-8 Jonathan Papelbon 0-1
08/28/2005 74-54 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 11-3 David Wells 11-6
08/29/2005 75-54 1st +1 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 10-6 Matt Clement 12-3
08/30/2005 76-54 1st +2 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 7-6 Mike Timlin 6-2
08/31/2005 77-54 1st +2 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 7-6 Tim Wakefield 13-9
09/01/2005 78-54 1st +3 1/2  Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 7-4 Bronson Arroyo 11-9
09/02/2005 78-55 1st +3 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 7-3 Lenny DiNardo 0-1
09/03/2005 79-55 1st +3 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 7-6 Matt Clement 13-3
09/04/2005 80-55 1st +3 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 5-1 David Wells 12-6
09/05/2005 80-56 1st +3  Chicago White Sox L 5-3 Curt Schilling 5-7
09/06/2005 81-56 1st +4  Los Angeles Angels W 3-2 Tim Wakefield 14-9
09/07/2005 82-56 1st +4  Los Angeles Angels W 6-3 Bronson Arroyo 12-9
09/08/2005 82-57 1st +4  Los Angeles Angels L 3-0 Matt Clement 13-4
09/09/2005 82-58 1st +3  at New York Yankees L 8-4 David Wells 12-7
09/10/2005 83-58 1st +4  at New York Yankees W 9-2 Curt Schilling 6-7
09/11/2005 83-59 1st +3  at New York Yankees L 1-0 Tim Wakefield 14-10
09/12/2005 84-59 1st +3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 6-5 Jonathan Papelbon 1-1
09/13/2005 84-60 1st +2 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 9-3 Matt Clement 13-5
09/14/2005 85-60 1st +2 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 5-3 David Wells 13-7
09/15/2005 85-61 1st +1 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 6-2 Curt Schilling 6-8
09/16/2005 86-61 1st +1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 3-2 Mike Timlin 7-2
09/17/2005 87-61 1st +1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Bronson Arroyo 13-9
09/18/2005 87-62 1st +1 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 12-3 Matt Clement 13-6
09/19/2005 87-63 1st +1/2  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 8-7 Chad Harville 0-3
09/20/2005 88-63 1st +1/2  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays W 15-2 Curt Schilling 7-8
09/21/2005 88-64 2nd -1/2  at Tampa Bay Devil Rays L 7-4 Mike Timlin 7-3
09/22/2005 88-64 2nd -1  
09/23/2005 89-64 2nd -1  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-3 Bronson Arroyo 14-9
09/24/2005 90-64 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Jonathan Papelbon 2-1
09/25/2005 91-64 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles W 9-3 David Wells 14-7
09/26/2005 91-64 2nd -1/2  Toronto Blue Jays pp  
09/27/2005 92-64 1st +1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 3-1 Tim Wakefield 15-10
92-65 1st -  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-5 Chad Bradford 2-1
09/28/2005 92-66 2nd -1  Toronto Blue Jays L 7-2 Bronson Arroyo 14-10
09/29/2005 93-66 2nd -1  Toronto Blue Jays W 5-4 Jonathan Papelbon 3-1
09/30/2005 94-66 1st -  New York Yankees W 5-3 David Wells 15-7
10/01/2005 94-67 2nd -1  New York Yankees L 8-4 Tim Wakefield 16-12
10/02/2005 95-67 1st -  New York Yankees W 10-1 Curt Schilling 8-8
 
THE A.L. DIVISIONAL SERIES
  RECORD GAME OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
10/04/2005 0-1 Game #1  at Chicago White Sox L 14-2 Matt Clement 0-1
10/05/2005 0-2 Game #2  at Chicago White Sox L 5-4 David Wells 0-1
10/07/2005 0-3 Game #3  Chicago White Sox L 5-3 Tim Wakefield 0-1
 
2005 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 2005 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 95 67 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 95 67 -

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 80 82 15

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 74 88 21

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 67 95 28

 

 

 
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