BOSTON: Former the Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez greets the fans before the game against the New York Yankees during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Games of Note: On August 29, 1993, Royals' third baseman and future Hall of Famer George Brett steals a base against the Red Sox. Steals aren't what Brett is known for, but this particular act of base thievery, in the final season of his 21-year career, has special meaning. It gives Brett 200 stolen bases for his career, making him one of only three players ever with at least 3,000 hits, 300 homers, and 200 steals. The other two make for good company, as Brett joins Willie Mays and Hank Aaron in this little club.
To turn the conversation towards future Red Sox Hall of Famers, we look at August 29, 2000, when Pedro Martinez was on the mound against the then-Devil Rays. Pedro retired 24 batters in a row after hitting Gerald Williams to start the contest. You likely remember this one for the insanity involved in it, as eight different Devil Rays were ejected during the game, including manager Larry Rothschild as well as a pair of his coaches. Pedro didn't get his no-hitter, but he still ended up with a complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts and no walks, save the hit by pitch. Just in case you were curious, Pedro recorded three games while with Boston with the same Game Score -- 98 -- that he logged on this night.
Two games in 2012 have higher Game Scores, both of them perfect games. Matt Cain's 14 strikeouts helped him reach 101, while Felix Hernandez's 12 punch outs against the Rays helped him to 99. Martinez owns three of the games of at least 98 since 1999. The only other pitcher to appear twice on that list is Mike Mussina, but Cain's perfecto from 2012 tops them all.
Transactions: Boston signed Tom McBride out of the Southern Association on this date in 1942. McBride played with Boston starting in 1943, and stuck with the club until he was purchased by the Washington Senators in May of 1947. The outfielder and first baseman would hit .280/.323/.348 for the Red Sox in 880 plate appearances over parts of five seasons.
Birthdays: Former Red Sox first baseman Ryan Shealy turns 33 years old today. He played in all of five games in Boston in 2010, after spending 33 games with the PawSox. He didn't hit very much in Pawtucket, and didn't get a single hit or walk during his limited time in Boston. Shealy would stick in the pros for one more year, with the Blue Jays giving him time at Triple-A once more, but he is out of the game in 2012.
Steve Lomasney turns 35 today. The former fifth-round selection from the 1995 draft only appeared in the majors briefly, in 1999, when he played in one game and picked up two plate appearances. Like Shealy, he didn't get on base during his brief time with the Red Sox. Unlike Shealy, though, Lomasney was still considered a top prospect, ranking #50 on Baseball America's top 100 heading into 2000. That never materialized into anything, though, as Lomasney never quite put it together at the upper levels like he had in High-A.
Lomasney was done with pro ball after 2006, when the 28-year-old put together a 527 OPS between Double- and Triple-A in the Twins system. That figure, by the way, represented nearly a 100-point improvement from the year prior.