July 17, 1987

The defending American League champion Boston Red Sox' frustrations continued. Oakland ace Dave Stewart shut them down into the seventh inning. Dennis Eckersley shut them down the rest of the way and Roger Clemens was on the hook for a 6-3 defeat, dropping him to 8-7on the season.

The Red Sox lost for the ninth time in 12 games, leaving them seven games under .500.

For Eckersley, it was his first season working out of the bullpen. After 301 career starts, he said the adjustment was not easy.

"After awhile, maybe a month, I figured what the heck, it might extend my career a couple of years," Eckersley said.

He would find a bit more success along the way.

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