July 12, 1977

Bob Stanley fortified his spot in the Red Sox starting rotation with a 2-1 win over the Indians in Cleveland. Rick Wise was not cheering for him.

Manager Don Zimmer, even before Stanley's performance, announced his starters for the final weekend before the All-Star break: Reggie Cleveland, Fergie Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

As for Wise, Zimmer said he'll be up if needed in long relief over the weekend.

Translated: If a starter is getting torched or is injured, Wise will go to work. It would be his first relief appearance since coming to Boston in 1974.

And, yes, believe it or not, four-man starting rotations were the standard.

Bill Lee was bumped from the rotation two weeks earlier. It wasn't clear if the demotion was due to poor pitching or referring to Zimmer as 'The Gerbil” one too many times.

Or, perhaps, a combination of both.

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