BOSTON, MA : A view of the Fenway Park press box before the game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Today marks the 100 year anniversary of the ball park's opening. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Games of Note: It's 1977, and the Red Sox are facing the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. First baseman George Scott, third baseman Butch Hobson, and right fielder Dwight Evans launch back-to-back-to-back homers in a game the Red Sox will take 13-6.
Evans played a significant part in an August 13th game 11 years later, too, as he drove in seven RBI against the Tigers in a contest the Red Sox won 16-4. Evans had fours hits, two of them homers, as well as a triple, single, and a walk. Other than being a huge game for Evans, this was the 24th-straight home win for the '88 Sox, who had set an American League record with win #23 one day earlier.
Transactions: The Red Sox send first baseman/designated hitter/catcher Mike Stanley and infielder Randy Brown to the Yankees in exchange for prospect Tony Armas. Armas never pitches in Boston -- he's all of 20 years old at the time -- but he's a major component of a pitcher that helped to reverse the fortune of the Red Sox franchise. Armas was the player to be named later in the Pedro Martinez deal with the Montreal Expos that took place before the 1998 season. Besides his general excellence, Pedro was one of the important members of the 2004 World Championship winning Red Sox.
Birthdays: Mark Lemke, who played 10 of his 11 seasons with the Atlanta Braves but finished his career with the Red Sox in 1998, turns 47 years old today. Lemke logged just 100 plate appearances outside of Atlanta, hitting .187/.232/.231. He would spend two years in indy ball after this, but his stint with the Red Sox was his last in the major leagues.