Sept. 4, 1983

In the only September race involving the Red Sox, Wade Boggs maintained a decided edge over Rod Carew for the American League batting title. After going 2-for-3 in a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, Boggs’ average stood at .367 with Carew at .350.

Boggs helped give Boston the lead for good in the first inning with a basehit, followed by Jim Rice’s shot into the screen for his 34th homer of the season.

Not that Boggs had the only motivation to perform, even with the Red Sox buried in sixth place in the American League East at 65-70.

For instance, rookie right-hander Oil Can Boyd was working to claim a spot in the Red Sox rotation for the 1984 season. Boyd evened his record at 4-4 with a complete game in which he allowed one earned run on eight hits.

Against the White Sox five days earlier, Boyd struggled in a 6-2 loss that included a bomb by Greg Luzinski that bounced off the roof of the left-field stands on its way completely out of Comsikey Park.

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