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Game 159: September 27, 2006
Devil Rays (61-97), 11
Red Sox (84-75), 0
W: Tim Corcoran (5-9)
L: Josh Beckett (16-11)

It’s official: the right field foul pole is now genuinely “Pesky’s Pole.” The Red Sox honored the former shortstop on his birthday this past Wednesday by making what was common parlance authentically commemorated.

He was born 87 years ago under the name John Michael Paveskovich in Portland, Oregon. He shortened his name in 1947 to help the dimwits that have ever inhabited the media. It was better than the “Needle Nose” moniker granted to him by friend Ted Williams.

Despite the loss, the 2006 Red Sox did set the high watermark for errorless games with 105 flawless outings. The 1998 Baltimore Orioles and the 1999 New York Mets are now tied for second with 104.

Pesky bleeds Red Sox, while the Devil Rays make the Red Sox bleed runs. Particularly in the seventh inning.

At least one team offered fireworks for Pesky’s birthday.

Photo courtesy of Brita Meng Outzen/MLB.com.

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