As the 1994 Players Strike lingered on, Dan Duquette got going. He hired Kevin Kennedy to manage the 1995 Red Sox. Kennedy had managed in Texas for two years, before the players tuned him out and revolted.
The Sox shed more salaries and traded for problematic, high priced slugger, José Canseco. He had the potential to hit 50 home runs in Fenway and provided some needed protection for Mo Vaughn in the Red Sox lineup.
The Players Association called for a moratorium on free agent signings during the strike, but Duquette kept trying. He acted aggressively, and under the new system ownership tried to unilaterally impose, he worked out deals to acquire Montréal relief pitcher John Wetteland, Kansas City starting pitcher Kevin Appier, and Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa. But when the courts ruled that the actions were illegal, the deals were negated.
With Red Sox president, John Harrington serving as lead negotiator for the owners, the players strike lingered into the spring and baseball teams decided to open spring training with replacement players. Nobody was fooled and the obvious subpar product further offended the fans and made Major League Baseball looks foolish. Finally on April 2nd, both sides came to their senses and resumed business as usual. The strike had been for nothing and the 28 teams lost nearly $1 billion. Belt-tightening became the rule, particularly with the Red Sox.
The Sox were not picked to do well as Roger Clemens was out with shoulder problems. But Duquette began a great run of luck and every button he pushed along with every player he acquired, came through. John Valentin started hitting home runs, and Mo Vaughn started hitting a lot of home runs. Tim Wakefield was acquired from Pittsburgh and pitched like he did down the stretch for them in 1992.
When the season finally started on April 26th, on the center-field scoreboard, printed in big red letters, was a sign reading, "Thanks Fans." There was new and better food at Fenway, where the help was wearing "Friendly Fenway" buttons and trying their best to make everyone feel welcome. But the fans booed the players when they were introduced.
But the Sox shut out the Twins, 9-0. It was the pitching. It was the brilliant five-inning, one-hit performance of Aaron Sele, who got to the 14th batter before giving up a base hit and pitched as if he should have been the Opening Day starter to begin with, instead of merely the understudy to Roger Clemens. He was followed by the four-inning, one-hit, tag-team effort of Frank Rodriguez, Alejandro Pena, Jeff Pierce and Ken Ryan. The Red Sox had 22 baserunners. The Twins had five.
In the second game of the season Chicago came to Fenway Park and committed four errors, walked 14 batters and handed the Red Sox a 10-4 victory before 23,199 fans on April 28th in the opener of a three-game weekend series. John Valentin, Mike Macfarlane, Naehring and Lee Tinsley each knocked in a pair of runs. Tinsley hit the first Red Sox homer of the year.
After three games, the Red Sox were smokin'. With an 8-0 win over the White Sox, the next day, the Red Sox starting pitchers have hurled a total of 15 innings and allowed two earned runs (a measly 1.20 ERA). Erik Hanson hurled a scintillating five innings in which he struck out seven. Four relievers followed and preserved the five-hit shutout.
In Yankee Stadium on May 2nd, Mo Vaughn and John Valentin hit grand slams. Vaughn Eshelman, the Rule 5 draftee, pitched six shutout innings in an 8-0 win over the Yankees before 13,694 paying customers on a cold, drizzly night.
But Derek Lilliquist, Joel Johnston, Jeff Pierce and the rest of the Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Bullpen blew three of four games against the Yankees, including a 5-3 loss on May 4th. Three times the Sox and Yankees were tied, 3-3, in the eighth inning, and three times the Sox lost.
In Detroit, the Sox overcame a 7-2 deficit after four innings and hit three home runs the rest of the way, including a tying blast by Mark Whiten in the seventh and a two-run shot by John Valentin in the eighth, for a 10-7 victory over the Tigers on May 5th. It showed that the Tiger bullpen may be worse than Boston's.
The Red Sox' and Tigers' staffs walked a combined 16 batters in a 5-3 Boston victory over Detroit On May 6th. Such is the state of baseball early this season, after a 7 1/2-month strike greatly affected the level of play. But for the Red Sox, ugly or beautiful doesn't matter. Winning does. The Red Sox improved to 6-4 with their second straight win after sustaining three losses in four games at Yankee Stadium. Boston starter Aaron Sele walked six in five innings and threw 108 pitches, but escaped with his second win.
The Sox ended their seven-game road trip by completing a sweep of the Tigers, 12-1. This one was over quickly as the Red Sox pounded three home runs and 17 hits in support of Vaughn Eshelman, the unflappable young lefthander who has not allowed a run in his first 13 innings. Eshelman went seven innings, allowed four hits and didn't issue a walk.
Wes Chamberlain had never hit a game-winning home run in the ninth inning but came through with just that, a dramatic pinch-hit shot that enabled the Red Sox to pull out a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles and take sole possession of first place in the American League East on May 9th.
The Sox had won five in a row, including a 6-2 decision over the Orioles the next night at Fenway Park. There was no drama. This game was 6-2 in the fifth inning and it stayed that way. They created their own thunder with two-run homers by Mo Vaughn (No. 6) and Lee Tinsley (No. 2) off embattled Orioles starter Sid Fernandez. That was enough for Erik Hanson, who lasted five innings and allowed two runs in another strong outing.
Vaughn Eshelman pitched five innings of no-hit baseball as the Red Sox took a 6-4 victory over the Yankees at Fenway Park on May 13th. He was wild but effective. He lost his no-hitter in the sixth inning. The next day, May 14th, the Mother's Day crowd saw a mother of a ninth inning, but as much activity as the Yankees created to tie the game at 2-2, the ending was tidy and without fuss. A 1-0 fastball down the middle from New York's Steve Howe that catcher Mike Macfarlane was smashed into the center-field bleachers to propel the Sox to a 3-2 victory over its archrival.
At County Stadium, on May 16th, Mo Vaughn did all he could to liven things up in a 5-0 Red Sox victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He drove in three runs, with two on homers off loser Bob Scanlan. The third RBI came via a sacrifice fly. Vaughn's power was all the support needed by righthander Erik Hanson, who became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a complete game this season (140 pitches). Hanson was overpowering, striking out 10, scattering four hits and retiring 20 of the last 21 batters. He lowered his ERA to 0.71
With a combination of strong pitching and timely hitting, the first-place Red Sox did what good teams have to do the next game. For the second straight game, they crushed the staggering Milwaukee Brewers, 8-2. These Red Sox were defying the spring training doomsayers. Even without the injured Roger Clemens, starting pitchers were now 10-1 with a 1.85 earned run average. Aaron Sele pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings in winning his third game in four decisions.
After beating the powerful Cleveland Indians, 4-3, on a Mike Macfarlane eighth-inning home run on May 18th at Fenway Park, they were 3 1/2 games in front of the Yankees in the AL East.
On May 21st Cleveland rallied from an 8-4 deficit and broke a 9-9 tie with three runs in the ninth. The Sox lost on a day when they pounded a season-high 18 hits, including 11 for extra bases. But the Sox called on a bullpen that for the third straight game didn't have a clue as to how to harness the powerful Indians.
Thus far this season, the Boston pen had blown seven of 10 save opportunities. In the last three games, the Sox had seemingly comfortable leads late. But the bullpen acted like it was throwing batting practice, and Cleveland took advantage. In the three games, the Indians scored 17 runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Sox then traveled to the west coast and got bad news. After reinjuring his left oblique abdominal muscle while taking a swing in batting practice at the Kingdome, Jose Canseco was diagnosed with a partial tear of the muscle that probably would sideline him for at least a month and more realistically until after the All-Star Game. The Sox lost two of three to the Mariners.
Finally Reggie Jefferson turned a somber dugout into a block party in the sixth inning when the soft-spoken designated hitter launched a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Angels on May 26th at the Big A. The thus Sox ended their skid of five losses in six games. But just a couple of hours before game time, manager Kevin Kennedy learned that both Aaron Sele and rookie phenom Vaughn Eshelman would be accompanying Jose Canseco back to Boston because of sore shoulders.
Making his Red Sox debut, Tim Wakefield baffled the Angels in seven frustrating innings before giving way to Derek Lilliquist on May 27th. Wakefield, threw 91 pitches, allowed five hits, one run, two walks, and struck out four. Despite the rash of injuries, the Red Sox won their second straight game and were 3-2 on the West Coast trip. The win also gave the Sox a four-game lead over second-place Detroit in the AL East.
In Oakland, Dave Stewart walked six and allowed five runs in four innings of a 9-6 Sox victory before a Memorial Day crowd on May 29th. On May 31st, the Sox bullpen straightened out as Ken Ryan, Stan Belinda and Rheal Cormier allowed only one run in 16 innings. It all added up to a 6-5 victory over the A's that completed a three-game sweep.
On a trip that started a shaky, the Sox started out 1 1/2 games ahead in the AL East. They roared back into Boston six games in front and then surged into June.
June 2nd was one night John Valentin, who went 5 for 5 with three solo homers and 15 total bases, will never forget. It probably would be frozen in Red Sox folklore. The last time a player had more than 15 total bases was Fred Lynn, whose 16 against the Detroit Tigers in 1975 tied an American League record.
Valentin's third home run of the game in the eighth inning, a high, towering blast that cleared the net and likely landed across Lansdowne Street, had brought the Sox to within a run. Then the hysteria continued when Mike Macfarlane smacked his eighth home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth to bring the Sox back to a 5-5 gridlock. Finally, it was Valentin who began the winning rally when he doubled to start the 10th. After an intentional walk to Mo Vaughn and a botched sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Steve Rodriguez, Mike Greenwell brought the house down with an opposite-field single to left that scored Vaughn with the winning run.
A 10-8 victory over the Seattle Mariners the next night suggested a seven-game lead is no fluke. A seven-game lead in a division where only one team is above .500 is no guarantee of anything. But these back-to-back wins were an indication of the team's character. The Sox came back with 10 runs on 12 hits. They were led by Tim Naehring, who collected four hits, and Greenwell, who had three more, including a home run and three RBIs.
It was the bottom of the 10th in the third Seattle game, on June 4th, when the very tough Bobby Ayala came on to pitch for the Mariners. The Sox trailed, 1-0. There was one out and one on when Troy O'Leary came up. With the count 1 and 1, the lefthanded O'Leary got a fastball and smacked it into the net in left-center, sending the crowd of 28,512 into another Fenway frenzy as the Sox took a 2-1 win. It was their sixth straight victory and gave them their best start since 1971 (23-11).
The best nights at Fenway Park are still the ones when the Red Sox grind their way to victory with a touch of power, a dash of defense and clutch pitching in the face of apparent disaster. Those were the ingredients of a 3-2 victory over the California Angels on June 5th. It was the seventh straight triumph and one that started fast and was in doubt until the final out.
Nobody went home disappointed. Early on, there were the kind of fireworks that the Red Sox seem to bring to the table each night. California took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. But if you left for a hot dog, you missed a game-tying shot to the opposite field by Reggie Jefferson. It was quiet until the fourth inning when Mo Vaughn hit the game-winner into the Sox bullpen. After that, it was defense and the still-hard-to-believe pitching of Erik Hanson (6-0) and the bullpen.
June 7th’s 5-1 win wasn't laced with
fantastic finishes, unusual circumstances, or unlikely
heroes. Roger Clemens returned to his forceful and
dominating ways with his first win in almost a year. He
displayed a repertoire of four pitches, including a
forkball which had hitters fishing throughout his
five-inning stint. It was an eight-strikeout, two-hit
effort that still tweaked the radar guns into mid-90s
readings at times. But they were not the types of pitches
that used to break the machine.
After losing three straight, the Red Sox responded with an 11-7 win at SkyDome on June 13th. The Sox bombarded the Blue Jays with 13 hits as Reggie Jefferson and John Valentin (two stolen bases) knocked in four runs apiece in a game that included a near brawl, ill words between a pitcher and a hitter and Mike Greenwell crashing headfirst into the left-field wall.
Erik Hanson (7-1) went out on June 21st against the Cleveland Indians and showed that the Red Sox were capable of beating the best team in baseball. No doctor could have prescribed a better antidote to the recent woes, than the four-hit performance of Hanson, which produced a 3-1 win. After five straight losses to the American League Central leaders, the Sox used home runs by Mike Greenwell and Mo Vaughn to power their way to the victory and halted their 2-8 skid.
The Red Sox stretched their AL East lead to six games with a 4-1 win in Baltimore on June 22nd. Cal Ripken's streak reached 2,060 consecutive games, Mo Vaughn slammed his 18th homer and Roger Clemens returned to affluence with his second win and longest outing (6 2/3 innings) of the season.
Jose Canseco finally won a game for the Sox on June 24th, and he did it not only his bat, but with his legs and with his mistakes. Canseco's theatrics were the centerpiece of a two-run rally in the ninth that gave the Sox a 6-5 victory over the Orioles. Canseco scored three times, knocked in the game's first run with an opposite-field double in the third and started a rally with a double in the seventh.
Many Red Sox fans bought tickets on spec last winter and did so because they thought they might see Canseco hit 25 or 30 homers in Fenway. He had hit one in Fenway and had not played at Fenway since May 14th. He had played only nine Fenway games. Canseco returned to the lineup immediately (batting cleanup), and for several days it looked as if the Sox had rushed him back into service. He went 0 for 15 in his first four games before stroking a single. The 0 for 15 gave him a line of 0 for 28 dating back to May.
Canseco launched his long-awaited second home run of the 1995 season. Leading off the fourth inning of a 10-1 loss to the Orioles on June 25th, Jose turned on an Arthur Rhodes pitch and drove it 429 feet, off the back wall of the Red Sox bullpen. And so, the Red Sox held a four-game first-place lead and Canseco had only two home runs.
Back at Fenway, after a 5-8 road trip where the Sox lead in the AL East was reduced from eight games to four games, Mike Greenwell was hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth inning on June 26th. But a few moments later, he was feeling no pain as he slid home with the winning run in the Red Sox' 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. Luis Alicea's single to left scored Greenwell, who had stolen second with two outs. The clutch offense by the Sox made up for a ninth-inning rally by the Blue Jays that wiped out a 3-0 lead and deprived starter Erik Hanson of his eighth victory in 12 starts.
The next night, June 27th, Bill Haselman slammed a solo home run in the 11th inning that carried Sox to a 6-5 victory over the hapless Blue Jays. Haselman sent a 3-and-2 pitch soaring into the left-field screen, his first home run with the Red Sox. For the second straight night, the Red Sox blew a lead to put themselves in position for a dramatic win. They squandered a 5-1 advantage that Roger Clemens took into the seventh inning. Clemens was fine for six, but rookie Angel Martinez hit a three-run homer into the right-field seats to pull Toronto within a run in the seventh. Clemens finished the inning but was done for the night after throwing 98 pitches. The Jays then got to Ken Ryan for the tying run in the eighth.
Tim Wakefield's knuckler, which had been moving side to side, was suddenly more up and down. No matter where Wakefield's knuckler danced, it left the Tigers flatfooted, and fans at Fenway Park, on June 29th, saw the Sox come away with a 7-1 win over the Tigers. Wakefield (5-1) went the distance. He allowed a first-inning homer, then nothing. He pitched his third complete game, lowered his ERA to 1.61 and has now pitched into the seventh in seven of his eight starts.
With Roger Clemens trailing Detroit, 5-0, on July 2nd, the Red Sox were perilously close to heading out for a seven-game road trip feeling Tiger breath down their collective necks. Instead, the Sox did a little one-upmanship on the Tigers, answering Detroit's five-run top of the third by scoring eight in the bottom of the inning. Then, after Detroit scored five runs in the ninth off the embattled Ken Ryan and Stan Belinda to tie the game at 11-11, Boston loaded the bases on three walks and a got a single to right-center from Lee Tinsley to pull out its 10th win in its last at-bat, 12-11. Mo Vaughn's two home runs keyed a the win
Vaughn's selection as a backup first baseman for the American League by Yankees manager Buck Showalter was a long overdue honor, even if he'd only logged three-plus years in the major leagues. Vaughn's 21 home runs and 50 runs batted in were impressive totals as the first half of a 144-game season winded down. He led the charge in late inning heroics as he learned to hit the outside pitch to left-field and take advantage of the Wall. He became more popular and a better hitter with consistent left-handed power.
In the next night's 12-5 victory in Kansas City, the Sox pounded Kevin Appier for 10 runs, while Mo Vaughn didn't sit on his All-Star laurels, driving in six runs with two home runs. Vaughn's production soared from 50 RBIs to 56 (tied for the league lead) and 21 homers to a league-high 23. Vaughn had 149 total bases and a rising slugging percentage of .618.
Tim Wakefield (6-1) worked eight innings at Kauffman in a 6-5 Sox win the next night. The game was tied, 1-1, from the fourth until the eighth, when the Sox rapped Royals starter Mark Gubicza for five runs, punctuated by Jose Canseco's three-run homer on a 2-2 pitch after Mo Vaughn had been walked intentionally. Canseco's drive, only his fourth homer, barely cleared the left-field wall. He had struck out in his first two at-bats, then singled.
The Red Sox surprising success forced the organization and Dan Duquette to make moves and try to win the division this year. On July 5th, Mike Greenwell went on the disabled list to allow his sore ribs to recover through the All-Star break, and Willie McGee, the 1985 National League Most Valuable Player, took his place. On July 6th, he traded for closer Rick Aguilera with the Twins. The Sox gave up promising righthander Frankie Rodriguez, a player to be named later and cash considerations. The move paid immediate dividends as Aguilera faced his old teammates, in his first appearance, and struck out Kirby Puckett to save a 5-4 Red Sox win.
Twice this season, including July 9th, Tim Wakefield had taken a no-hitter into the eighth inning, only to lose it. With one out in the eighth against the Oakland A's on June 9th, Stan Javier broke up Wakefield's bid. One month later, Jeff Reboulet, leading off the eighth, singled cleanly to center to prevent Wakefield from entering the record books. Regardless, Wakefield sent the Red Sox scattering to their All-Star break retreats with a four-hit shutout and his fourth complete game in a 7-0 Sox win. Wakefield (7-1) saw his league-best ERA decrease to 1.61, which begged the question: Why wasn't he on the All-Star team?
Mo Vaughn didn't win the All-Star Home Run Derby, but he came up a big winner, anyway. Frank Thomas of Chicago won the contest by outlasting Cleveland's Albert Belle in the finals. Vaughn, who reached the semifinals, excited the crowd with a towering 460-foot blast, which some thought might make the roof of the right-field stands. In his All-Star Game debut, Vaughn suffered along with his American League teammates in a 3-2 loss to the National League. He came up twice with men on base and failed to produce. In the sixth inning, after replacing the White Sox' Frank Thomas, he couldn't get a runner in from third base with one out. In the eighth, he lost a battle to former Blue Jay Tom Henke with one out and a runner on first.
But controversy then dogged Mo Vaughn when one night in a Boston nightclub, a notorious gang member confronted him and knocked him to the ground. He was kicked and beaten by his opponent’s entourage and the next day was seen with his eye swollen shut. The incident marked the end of Vaughn's honeymoon with the front office. Although the fans gave him a pass, Sox brass never seemed to look at him the same way. He was no longer considered the leader of the team, with a lack of trust and respect. Vaughn's relationship with the Red Sox slowly deteriorated.
Tim Wakefield's dancing knuckleball had been fooling hitters all year. Now he was using it to produce strikeouts and shut down rallies before they start. That was his latest trick on July 14th in the Red Sox' 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. Wakefield (8-1, 1.70 ERA) struck out a career-high seven. Rick Aguilera earned his 14th save of the season and first for the Sox at Fenway.
On July 17th, Jeff Suppan became one of the youngest Red Sox pitchers to make his major league debut, going against the Kansas City Royals. Suppan, who had a 2.36 ERA at Double A Trenton, was on the losing end of a 4-3 decision. For the fourth time in five games since the All-Star break, the Red Sox went down to defeat. Fine pitching by Suppan and eight hits by the offense were an improvement, but simply not enough.
Leaving after 7 1/3 innings and allowing one run against the White Sox, Tim Wakefield’s ERA was reduced to a paltry 1.66 on July 19th. He improved to 9-1 this season in Boston's 5-3 victory at Comiskey Park, He was 11-1 in his last 14 major league starts.
The Red Sox again beat the White Sox, 3-1, the next night at Comiskey Park. The Sox got a lift from their Bash Brothers, Mo Vaughn, who homered to give the Sox a 2-1 lead in the seventh, and Jose Canseco, who knocked in two runs and smacked a solo shot in the ninth for insurance. Vaughn added a 444-foot grand slam in the fifth during a 13-5 victory over Minnesota at Fenway in the next game.
Roger Clemens said he was hurting again, with a sore right elbow that swelled up without medication, after an 8-3 drubbing by the Minnesota Twins on July 23rd. Aaron Sele began his third rehabilitation program in Florida. The first two didn't work.
Backup catcher Bill Haselman, forced into the game because of an injury to Mike Macfarlane, crystallized it perfectly with his first career grand slam, breaking a 1-1 tie and triggering an eventual 7-1 Red Sox victory in Texas on July 29th. Wakefield, the sure-fire Comeback Player of the Year, improved to 11-1, and his ERA dropped like one of his knucklers from 1.64 to 1.58 with the complete-game victory. He threw 131 pitches, allowing six hits, three walks and striking out seven. The win enabled the Sox to improve their American League East lead to 5 1/2 games.
John Valentin drove in six runs, the largest such outburst of his career, as the Sox built up a 12-0 lead and strolled to a 13-3 win over the Tigers behind Zane Smith at Tiger Stadium on August 1st. Valentin’s average rose from .275 to .280, and he now had 17 homers and 56 RBIs.
Tim Wakefield was voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for July, going 6-0 with a 1.53 ERA. He was tied with David Cone for the league lead in complete games with five and had allowed hitters a batting average of only .219.
In Toronto, Tim Naehring drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to snap a 1-1 tie. Willie McGee provided some insurance with a a sacrfice fly, and the Sox poured it on in the ninth via John Valentin's RBI double and Mike Greenwell's three-run homer. That provided abundant support for Erik Hanson (9-4), who allowed five hits and struck out seven in eight innings, in a 7-1 Sox win on August 4th.
The next night, in a 9-3 victory, the Sox had nine runs by the third inning as Most Valuable Player candidate Mo Vaughn knocked in four runs, one of them with his league-leading 29th homer, to pace the Sox' potent attack, which produced 11 hits. Vaughn and John Valentin accounted for five of Boston's six runs in a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on August 6th. Valentin's two-run opposite-field homer in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and sent the Sox to their third win of the series. He went 3 for 5 and knocked in three runs. The Red Sox swept the series with a 5-4, 10-inning victory that wrapped up their 10-game road trip at 8-2, their best excursion since 1981.
Tim Wakefield (12-1) pitched his sixth complete game and held the Indians to six hits in a 5-1 victory (Boston's sixth straight) before a season-high crowd of 34,574 at Fenway Park on August 8th. The Red Sox, who were scorching right now, cooled off the Indians, hailed by many as baseball's best team, on their abbreviated visit to Fenway Park the next night. Two games, two Boston wins.
Cal Ripken played in his 2,105th consecutive game as he continued to pursue Lou Gehrig. Meanwhile, the Red Sox' streak, far more modest than Ripken's but just as satisfying, reached eight straight wins as they drubbed the Orioles, 11-1, at Feverish Fenway on August 10th. Blasting four homers, including a two-runner and three-runner by John Valentin (Nos. 19 and 20), the Sox saw their AL East lead swell to eight games.
The Sox turned to some late-inning magic to pull out a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the Orioles, on August 11th. Juan Bell fell rounding third, and you could have bet a million dollars he'd never make it home before a throw from left by Bobby Bonilla, who had played Tinsley's fly tentatively as it glanced off his glove along the left-field line. But Bell made it with inches to spare and sent the crowd home more confident than ever that they're watching what might be the best team in major league baseball.
With a 7-0 defeat of the Orioles the next night behind Roger Clemens' 7 2/3 innings of six-hit pitching. They held a modest 3-0 lead for six innings and Clemens was more than able to hold it. Jose Canseco's two-run ground-rule double in the third provided the bulk of the offense. Tim Wakefield's unrelenting dominance continued with a 3-2 victory over the Orioles, and a sweep of the series, making him the first Sox pitcher to win 10 consecutive starts since Mike Boddicker in 1990.
The Red Sox kept drub-drub-drubbing along on August 14th, trampling the New York Yankees, 9-3. It was their 12th straight victory, matching the "Morgan's Magic" exploits of July 1988. The Red Sox, who now led the second-place Yankees by a whopping 10 games, spotted New York a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then scored nine straight runs. Mo Vaughn's 30th homer tied it in the bottom of the first and Tim Naehring's three-run blast broke it open in the fifth. Naehring knocked in four runs to pace Boston's 13-hit attack, while Erik Hanson (10-4) pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs.
When Jose Canseco's run-scoring double in the eighth inning sent home Mo Vaughn and broke a 4-4 tie, on August 16th, it led the Sox on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees. Facing a nine-game crucible against the preeminent teams in the league, Cleveland, and the Sox’ two chief division pursuers, New York and Baltimore, the Sox exceeded even their most delirious diehards' expectations. They went 8-1 and almost doubled their lead from 5 1/2 to 10 games.
The divisional leaders of the East and West met in a one-game aberration of a series in Anaheim on August 18th, to accommodate the 144-game schedule necessitated by the season's late start. They were on nearly equal terms until Lee Tinsley's ninth-inning double scored Luis Alicea from first and lifted the red-hot Sox to their 14th win in 15 games, 4-3.
The night after Tim Wakefield lost only his second game of the season, Erik Hanson, who still made his home in the suburbs in Seattle, held the Mariners to three hits over 7 1/3 innings as the Red Sox beat them, 4-3, at the Kingdome. Hanson posted his 12th win in his 22nd start, striking out nine and keeping his ERA at 3.55. He was 4-0 in August. Four relievers held the fort, with Rick Aguilera, who pitched for the first time in eight days because of shoulder tendinitis, working the ninth for his 21st save of the season (nine with Boston) and the 200th of his career. The Sox left the gray and dank Kingdome with two wins in three games, including a 7-6 victory over the Mariners behind a nice effort from Rheal Cormier, in the third game.
By virtue of their 6-4 win over the Angels, the Red Sox passed California for the second-best record in the league by a half-game. The Sox traveled back to Anaheim on August 21st and beat the best of the West with solo homers by Luis Alicea and Jose Canseco, and a key two-run single by John Valentin, that plated the decisive runs in the seventh. They also received an excellent pitching performance from Vaughn Eshelman (5-2), the Rule V rookie, who lasted six innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.
The Red Sox beat the California Angels, 6-4, on August 22nd. It was the Sox' fifth win in six games on this trip and 18th win in their last 20 games.
Some midgame fireworks, capped by a dramatic Jose Canseco home run gave Boston a 5-2 lead. It was one of three hit by the Red Sox. The final one, Lee Tinsley's solo shot in the ninth, provided some breathing room for Rick Aguilera to notch a two-out save, his 11th for the Sox.
Troy Percival was throwing the ball 100 mph and completely stumped the Red Sox for two innings. Lee Smith is the closer and after they had seen such heat, 90 m.p.h. seemed like a beach ball to Sox hitters. They frolicked accordingly as Mike Greenwell tripled in Tim Naehring in the top of the 10th inning, lifting Boston to a 6-5 win over the Angels on August 23rd, at the Big A. It was a night when Tim Wakefield again struggled mightily (five runs in seven innings). Wakefield, who until this trip was the hottest pitcher in baseball, allowed eight hits, including three homers, and walked six.
In Oakland, on August 24th, Erik Hanson improved to 13-4, allowed 12 hits and six runs in 6 1/3 innings, and got a wealth of support in a 13-6 decking of the A's. Three homers, accounting for eight runs, by John Valentin (No. 22), Vaughn (32) and Jose Canseco (19) accounted for the scoring. Valentin knocked in five runs with a single, double and homer.
The Sox returned home after an 8-3 West Coast trip, 15 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees. They had won a ridiculous 20 of 22 games before losing two in a row for the first time in more than a month near the end of this trip. They ended the 11-game, four-stop trip, with a resounding 4-1, Roger Clemens win over the Oakland A's on August 27th. They ended a stretch of 27 games, 22-5. They started the stretch, 48-38, and ended it 70-43.
It had been three straight starts, and Tim Wakefield hadn't fully emerged from his funk. He wasn't mauled in a 6-4 loss, in the first game back at Fenway against Seattle. He went six-plus innings, allowing eight hits and five runs. But over his last three starts, his ERA was 9.56. Overall, it was up to 2.51, which still lead the American League but was just a shade better than Randy Johnson's 2.60. The Sox finished August by losing two of three to the Mariners.
On September 1st, the Sox rolled to an 11-3 victory over the Angels at Fenway, scoring three times in the fifth and adding two more runs in the seventh. Roger Clemens pitched well for the seventh consecutive start. He had compiled a 2.19 ERA in his previous six. In 7 2/3 innings, he threw 128 pitches, allowing 10 hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out nine and walking two.
Tim Wakefield returned to his dominant form, pitching eight innings of four-hit ball in an 8-1 victory over the California Angels on September 3rd. He allowed one run, walked three and struck out seven, improved to 15-3 and had his ERA dip to 2.44. He was 8-1 with a 1.73 ERA at Fenway and 2-0 in three games against the Angels, who ended their regular-season series with the Sox 3-11.
A battle royal of Sox and Athletics at Fenway Park on September 5th, seemed fated to end one way, on a Jose Canseco home run. Fortunately for the Red Sox, he was wearing their uniform now, so his three-run blast in the 14th inning produced a 7-4 victory for Boston instead of Oakland. Roger Clemens' dominant performance was far and away the highlight of an 8-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics the next night at Fenway. The big righthander struck out at least 10 batters for the 60th time in his major league career.
Then over three days and nights in the Bronx, the second-place Yankees pummelled the first-place Red Sox. Playing under a "1918" banner hanging from the upper deck facade, Kevin Kennedy's Lost Boys finished their Lost Weekend with three straight losses to the hated Pinstripes. It marks the first time the Sox were swept this season. Two of the embarrassing losses were nationally televised. Most Valuable Player candidate Mo Vaughn hit his 34th homer in the final beating.
On September 13th, and over the last five days, five games were chopped off the Red Sox' lead. So bad were the Sox performing, they lost the next two games to Baltimore.
In the final game in Baltimore, Tim Wakefield allowed only two hits over 8 1/3 innings and rookie outfielder Dwayne Hosey collected four of Boston's seven hits, including his first major league home run, in a 2-0 victory that ended a five-game losing streak. Wakefield, ineffective in four of his last five starts, was in control (three walks, one hit batter) this time as his knuckleball bedeviled the Orioles.
With Erik Hanson in vintage form and Mo Vaughn supporting him with a three-run homer in the eighth, the Sox downed the Cleveland Indians, 6-3, on September 15th at Jacobs Field. Hanson (14-5) allowed five hits and one run with five strikeouts and one walk in eight innings. Mo Vaughn did the most significant damage against Indians reliever Alan Embree, triggering a five-run eighth. Hanson won Pitcher of the Month honors for August, going 5-0 with a 5.01 ERA
After looking flat on a 3-7 road trip, the Red Sox again showed no edge to their game, and the dancing knuckleball of Tim Wakefield was too much waltz and not enough mambo. The Milwaukee Brewers hit it well enough to ring up a 6-1 victory over the Red Sox in the first game back at Fenway.
Finally, on September 20th, after Rick Aguilera struck out Dave Nilsson with one of his patented forkballs for the final out, the 1995 American League East champion Boston Red Sox stormed out of the dugout and staged a love-in on the mound witnessed by 32,563 delirious fans at Fenway Park, who had just watched the division-clinching 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Even though they made it hard on themselves at the end, the Red Sox had romped to a division title. Every player brought in by Duquette, seemed to play like an All-Star and fans loved him. 53 different players wore a Red Sox uniform in 1995 and most helped win at least one game. The Sox finished with a record of 86-58, seven games ahead of the Yankees, who one the first ever wild-card.
The Red Sox drew the central division winner, Cleveland Indians in the first round. In the Game #1 Roger Clemens lasted seven innings, trailing 3-2. The Sox tied the score and went ahead in the 11th inning, but on a team laden with power hitters, it was backup catcher Tony Pena, who hit a two-out home run off Zane Smith in the 13th inning to give the Indians a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox in the first game of their divisional series this morning at Jacobs Field.
Orel Hershiser and three relievers shackled the Red Sox, 4-0, in Game #2. Meanwhile, the Sox set an all-time record for postseason futility with its 12th straight playoff loss. They again got nothing out of their bruisers, Mo Vaughn and Jose Canseco. Hershiser allowed only three hits before leaving after 7 1/3 innings and squirm out of a bases-loaded jam in the second which seemed to set the tone of the game.
The teams returned to Boston for Game #3 but it didn't help the Red Sox. Tim Wakefield, who had lost his three final regular-season starts, got knocked around by the Indians with five runs in the sixth inning. The Indians went on to win, 8-2, and sweep the Sox out of the playoffs.
The playoff loss exposed the Red Sox lineup. Their patchwork offense came undone as players like Lee Tinsley, Mike Greenwell and Dwayne Hosey didn't match up with the likes of Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez. The Indians just pitched around Mo Vaughan and José Canseco, as both players went a combined 0 for 27 in the series, stranding 17 runners and striking out nine times.
The tagline of the season became, not the clubs quite remarkable achievement in winning the AL East, but their 0-13 record in the postseason since game five of the 1986 World Series.
|04/26/1995||1-0||1st||-||Minnesota Twins||W||9-0||Aaron Sele||1-0|
|04/28/1995||2-0||1st||-||Chicago White Sox||W||10-4||Real Cormier||1-0|
|04/29/1995||3-0||1st||-||Chicago White Sox||W||8-0||Erik Hanson||1-0|
|04/30/1995||3-1||1st||-||Chicago White Sox||L||17-11||Frankie Rodriguez||0-1|
|05/01/1995||3-2||2nd||-1||at New York Yankees||L||5-3||Derek Lilliquist||0-1|
|05/02/1995||4-2||1st||-||at New York Yankees||W||8-0||Vaughn Eshelman||1-0|
|05/03/1995||4-3||3rd||-1||at New York Yankees||L||4-3||Jeff Pierce||0-1|
|05/04/1995||4-4||3rd||-2||at New York Yankees||L||5-3||Joel Johnston||0-1|
|05/05/1995||5-4||2nd||-2||at Detroit Tigers||W||10-7||Derek Lilliquist||1-1|
|05/06/1995||6-4||2nd||-1||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-3||Aaron Sele||2-0|
|05/07/1995||7-4||1st||-||at Detroit Tigers||W||12-1||Vaughn Eshelman||2-0|
|05/09/1995||8-4||1st||+1||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-3||Stan Belinda||1-0|
|05/10/1995||9-4||1st||+1||Baltimore Orioles||W||6-2||Erik Hanson||2-0|
|05/12/1995||9-5||2nd||-1/2||New York Yankees||L||12-2||Aaron Sele||2-1|
|05/13/1995||10-5||1st||+1/2||New York Yankees||W||6-4||Vaughn Eshelman||3-0|
|05/14/1995||11-5||1st||+1 1/2||New York Yankees||W||3-2||Alejandro Pena||1-0|
|05/16/1995||12-5||1st||+2 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-0||Erik Hanson||3-0|
|05/17/1995||13-5||1st||+3||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||8-2||Aaron Sele||3-1|
|05/18/1995||14-5||1st||+3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||4-3||Stan Belinda||2-0|
|05/19/1995||14-6||1st||+3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||9-5||Ken Ryan||0-1|
|05/20/1995||14-7||1st||+2 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||7-5||Alejandro Pena||1-1|
|05/21/1995||14-8||1st||+1 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||12-10||Jeff Pierce||0-2|
|05/23/1995||15-8||1st||+2 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||5-4||Stan Belinda||3-0|
|05/24/1995||15-9||1st||-2 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||15-6||Jeff Pierce||0-3|
|05/25/1995||15-10||1st||-2 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||4-3||Zane Smith||0-1|
|05/26/1995||16-10||1st||+3||at California Angels||W||8-3||Erik Hanson||4-0|
|05/27/1995||17-10||1st||+4||at California Angels||W||12-1||Tim Wakefield||1-0|
|05/28/1995||17-11||1st||+3 1/2||at California Angels||L||8-3||Tim Van Egmond||0-1|
|05/29/1995||18-11||1st||+4 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||9-6||Zane Smith||1-1|
|05/30/1995||19-11||1st||+5||at Oakland Athletics||W||1-0||Tim Wakefield||2-0|
|05/31/1995||20-11||1st||+6||at Oakland Athletics||W||6-5||Erik Hanson||5-0|
|06/02/1995||21-11||1st||+6 1/2||Seattle Mariners||W||6-5||Stan Belinda||4-0|
|06/03/1995||22-11||1st||+7||Seattle Mariners||W||10-8||Real Cormier||2-0|
|06/04/1995||23-11||1st||+8||Seattle Mariners||W||2-1||Tim Wakefield||3-0|
|06/05/1995||24-11||1st||+9||California Angels||W||3-2||Erik Hanson||6-0|
|06/06/1995||24-12||1st||+8||California Angels||L||12-3||Brian Looney||0-1|
|06/07/1995||25-12||1st||+9||California Angels||W||5-1||Roger Clemens||1-0|
|06/08/1995||25-13||1st||+8||California Angels||L||12-3||Brian Looney||0-1|
|06/09/1995||26-13||1st||+8||Oakland Athletics||W||4-1||Tim Wakefield||4-0|
|06/10/1995||26-14||1st||+7||Oakland Athletics||L||8-5||Mike Maddux||1-1|
|06/11/1995||26-15||1st||+7||Oakland Athletics||L||8-1||Zane Smith||1-2|
|06/12/1995||26-16||1st||+7||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||4-3||Ken Ryan||0-2|
|06/13/1995||27-16||1st||+8||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||11-7||Mike Maddux||2-1|
|06/14/1995||27-17||1st||+8||at Toronto Blue Jays||L||5-3||Tim Wakefield||4-1|
|06/16/1995||27-18||1st||+6 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||4-3||Erik Hanson||5-1|
|06/17/1995||27-19||1st||+5 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||9-1||Roger Clemens||1-1|
|06/18/1995||28-19||1st||+5 1/2||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||4-2||Zane Smith||2-2|
|06/19/1995||28-20||1st||+5 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||4-3||Ken Ryan||0-3|
|06/20/1995||28-21||1st||+5 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||9-2||Vaughn Eshelman||3-1|
|06/21/1995||29-21||1st||+5 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||3-1||Erik Hanson||6-1|
|06/22/1995||30-21||1st||+6||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-1||Roger Clemens||2-1|
|06/23/1995||30-22||1st||+5||at Baltimore Orioles||L||7-5||Zane Smith||2-3|
|06/24/1995||31-22||1st||+5||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-5||Rheal Cormier||3-1|
|06/25/1995||31-23||1st||+4||at Baltimore Orioles||L||10-1||Vaughn Eshelman||3-2|
|06/26/1995||32-23||1st||+5||Toronto Blue Jays||W||4-3||Stan Belinda||5-0|
|06/27/1995||33-23||1st||+6||Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-5||Derek Lilliquist||2-1|
|06/28/1995||33-24||1st||+5||Toronto Blue Jays||L||8-4||Zane Smith||2-4|
|06/29/1995||34-24||1st||+6||Detroit Tigers||W||7-1||Tim Wakefield||5-1|
|06/30/1995||34-25||1st||+5||Detroit Tigers||L||7-6||Ken Ryan||0-4|
|07/01/1995||34-26||1st||+4||Detroit Tigers||L||11-2||Erik Hanson||6-2|
|07/02/1995||35-26||1st||+5||Detroit Tigers||W||12-11||Stan Belinda||6-0|
|07/03/1995||36-26||1st||+5||at Kansas City Royals||W||12-5||Zane Smith||3-4|
|07/04/1995||37-26||1st||+5||at Kansas City Royals||W||6-5||Tim Wakefield||6-1|
|07/05/1995||37-27||1st||+4||at Kansas City Royals||L||3-2||Frankie Rodriguez||0-2|
|07/06/1995||37-28||1st||+3||at Minnesota Twins||L||6-4||Zane Smith||2-5|
|07/07/1995||38-28||1st||+3||at Minnesota Twins||W||5-4||Stan Belinda||7-0|
|07/08/1995||38-29||1st||+3||at Minnesota Twins||L||9-5||Stan Belinda||7-1|
|07/09/1995||39-29||1st||+3||at Minnesota Twins||W||7-0||Tim Wakefield||7-1|
|07/10/1995||All Star Game Break|
|07/13/1995||39-30||1st||+3||Texas Rangers||L||9-8||Roger Clemens||2-2|
|07/14/1995||40-30||1st||+4||Texas Rangers||W||5-2||Tim Wakefield||8-1|
|07/15/1995||40-31||1st||+3 1/2||Texas Rangers||L||7-2||Erik Hanson||6-3|
|07/16/1995||40-32||1st||+4||Texas Rangers||L||5-2||Zane Smith||2-6|
|07/17/1995||40-33||1st||+4||Kansas City Royals||L||4-3||Jeff Suppan||0-1|
|07/18/1995||41-33||1st||+4||Kansas City Royals||W||4-1||Roger Clemens||3-2|
|07/19/1995||42-33||1st||+5||at Chicago White Sox||W||5-3||Tim Wakefield||8-1|
|07/20/1995||43-33||1st||+6||at Chicago White Sox||W||3-1||Erik Hanson||7-3|
|07/21/1995||44-33||1st||+6||Minnesota Twins||W||13-5||Zane Smith||3-6|
|07/22/1995||44-34||1st||+6||Minnesota Twins||L||8-7||Jeff Suppan||0-2|
|07/23/1995||44-35||1st||+5||Minnesota Twins||L||8-7||Roger Clemens||3-3|
|07/24/1995||45-35||1st||+5 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||4-1||Tim Wakefield||9-1|
|07/25/1995||45-36||1st||+4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||8-3||Rheal Cormier||3-2|
|07/26/1995||46-36||1st||+4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||5-3||Zane Smith||4-6|
|07/27/1995||46-37||1st||+4 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||5-4||Rick Aguilera||1-2|
|07/28/1995||47-37||1st||+4 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||6-2||Mike Maddux||3-1|
|07/29/1995||48-37||1st||+5 1/2||at Texas Rangers||W||7-1||Tim Wakefield||10-1|
|07/30/1995||48-38||1st||+4 1/2||at Texas Rangers||L||7-6||Erik Hanson||7-4|
|08/01/1995||49-38||1st||+4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||13-3||Zane Smith||5-6|
|08/02/1995||49-39||1st||+4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-0||Roger Clemens||3-4|
|08/03/1995||50-39||1st||+4 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||10-2||Tim Wakefield||11-1|
|08/04/1995||51-39||1st||+4 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||7-1||Erik Hanson||8-4|
|08/05/1995||52-39||1st||+4 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||9-3||Rheal Cormier||4-2|
|08/06/1995||53-39||1st||+5 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||6-4||Vaughn Eshelman||4-2|
|08/07/1995||54-39||1st||+5 1/2||at Toronto Blue Jays||W||5-4||Stan Belinda||8-1|
|08/08/1995||55-39||1st||+5 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||5-1||Tim Wakefield||12-1|
|08/09/1995||56-39||1st||+6 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||9-5||Erik Hanson||9-4|
|08/10/1995||57-39||1st||+8||Baltimore Orioles||W||11-1||Rheal Cormier||5-2|
|08/11/1995||58-39||1st||+9||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-4||Rick Aguilera||2-2|
|08/12/1995||59-39||1st||+9||Baltimore Orioles||W||7-0||Roger Clemens||4-4|
|08/13/1995||60-39||1st||+9||Baltimore Orioles||W||3-2||Tim Wakefield||13-1|
|08/14/1995||61-39||1st||+10||New York Yankees||W||9-3||Erik Hanson||10-4|
|08/15/1995||61-40||1st||+9||New York Yankees||L||9-2||Rheal Cormier||4-3|
|08/16/1995||62-40||1st||+10||New York Yankees||W||7-4||Eric Gunderson||2-1|
|08/17/1995||63-40||1st||+10 1/2||at California Angels||W||4-3||Eric Gunderson||8-1|
|08/18/1995||63-41||1st||+9 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||L||9-3||Tim Wakefield||13-2|
|08/19/1995||64-41||1st||+10 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||4-3||Erik Hanson||11-4|
|08/20/1995||65-41||1st||+11 1/2||at Seattle Mariners||W||7-6||Rheal Cormier||5-3|
|08/21/1995||66-41||1st||+12 1/2||at California Angels||W||6-4||Vaughn Eshelman||5-2|
|08/22/1995||67-41||1st||+13 1/2||at California Angels||W||6-4||Roger Clemens||5-4|
|08/23/1995||68-41||1st||+14 1/2||at California Angels||W||6-5||Mike Stanton||2-1|
|08/24/1995||69-41||1st||+15 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||13-6||Erik Hanson||12-4|
|08/25/1995||69-42||1st||+15 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||6-1||Rheal Cormier||5-4|
|08/26/1995||69-43||1st||+15 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||L||11-4||Zane Smith||6-7|
|08/27/1995||70-43||1st||+15 1/2||at Oakland Athletics||W||4-1||Roger Clemens||6-4|
|08/29/1995||70-44||1st||+15||Seattle Mariners||L||6-4||Tim Wakefield||13-3|
|08/30/1995||71-44||1st||+15||Seattle Mariners||W||7-6||Mike Maddux||4-1|
|08/31/1995||71-45||1st||+14||Seattle Mariners||L||11-2||Rheal Cormier||5-5|
|09/01/1995||72-45||1st||+14||California Angels||W||11-3||Roger Clemens||7-4|
|09/02/1995||73-45||1st||+14||California Angels||W||5-4||Zane Smith||7-7|
|09/03/1995||74-45||1st||+15||California Angels||W||8-1||Tim Wakefield||14-3|
|09/05/1995||75-45||1st||+15 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||7-4||Rick Aguilera||3-2|
|09/06/1995||76-45||1st||+15 1/2||Oakland Athletics||W||8-2||Roger Clemens||8-4|
|09/08/1995||76-46||1st||+14 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||8-4||Tim Wakefield||14-4|
|09/09/1995||76-47||1st||+13 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||9-1||Zane Smith||7-8|
|09/10/1995||76-48||1st||+12 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||9-3||Erik Hanson||13-5|
|09/11/1995||76-49||1st||+11 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||10-7||Eric Gunderson||8-2|
|09/12/1995||76-50||1st||+10 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||6-5||Joe Hudson||0-1|
|09/13/1995||77-50||1st||+11 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||2-0||Tim Wakefield||15-4|
|09/14/1995||77-51||1st||+10 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-3||Vaughn Eshelman||5-3|
|09/15/1995||78-51||1st||+11 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||6-3||Erik Hanson||14-5|
|09/16/1995||78-52||1st||+10 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||6-5||Roger Clemens||8-5|
|09/17/1995||79-52||1st||+11 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||9-6||Jeff Suppan||1-2|
|09/18/1995||79-53||1st||+10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||L||6-1||Tim Wakefield||15-5|
|09/19/1995||80-53||1st||+10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||5-3||Vaughn Eshelman||6-3|
|09/20/1995||81-53||1st||+10 1/2||Milwaukee Brewers||W||3-2||Rheal Cormier||6-5|
|09/22/1995||81-53||1st||+9 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||pp|
|09/23/1995||82-53||1st||+9 1/2||Toronto Blue Jays||W||5-0||Roger Clemens||9-5|
|09/24/1995||82-55||1st||+9||Toronto Blue Jays||L||2-1||Rick Aguilera||3-3|
|09/25/1995||82-56||1st||+8 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||7-4||Matt Murray||0-3|
|09/26/1995||83-56||1st||+8 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||5-1||Zane Smith||8-8|
|09/27/1995||83-57||1st||+7 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||7-5||Tim Wakefield||15-7|
|09/28/1995||84-57||1st||+8||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||11-6||Roger Clemens||10-5|
|09/29/1995||85-57||1st||+8||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||11-9||Erik Hanson||15-5|
|09/30/1995||86-57||1st||+8||at Milwaukee Brewers||W||9-1||Mike Maddux||5-1|
|10/01/1995||86-58||1st||+7||at Milwaukee Brewers||L||8-1||Tim Wakefield||15-8|
|THE A.L. DIVISIONAL SERIES|
|10/03/1995||0-1||Game #1||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-4||Zane Smith|
|10/04/1995||0-2||Game #2||at Cleveland Indians||L||4-0||Erik Hanson|
|10/06/1995||0-3||Game #3||Cleveland Indians||L||8-2||Tim Wakefield|
|1995 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|