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Sept. 5, 1982

A 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Fenway ended a six-game Red Sox winning streak. Another sense of foreboding over Dennis Eckersley’s painful season came along for the ride, if only briefly.

Eckersley’s fourth pitch of the day brought a recurrent pain in his right bicep, which brought manager Ralph Houk to the mound, hook in hand.

“He wanted to keep pitching, but I wouldn’t let him take the chance,” Houk said, per the Boston Globe. “He is an awfully important man for us.”

The Red Sox fell 4.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, a half-game behind second-place Baltimore.

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