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That meant moving Jim Rice to right field and benching Dwight Evans, who had become ineffectual; since being beaned by Mike Parrot, Evans was just 9–54 at the plate.
Yastrzemski normally used a 35-inch bat that weighed 33 ounces, but that day he had switched to a larger bat, one Jim Rice normally used, that was 36-inches long and weighed 35 ounces.
In the bottom of the tenth, with two outs and Butch Hobson on third, the Rangers’ Len Barker threw Jim Rice a 2–2 fastball that looked headed for the bottom of his chin.
Almost as quickly as that incident settled down, a perhaps more serious one hit the Red Sox: aSport magazine profile of Jim Rice reported that the outfielder had accused the team’s management of racism.
He threw 142 pitches, the Sox threw two runners out at home, Jim Rice hit his 43rd home run, and Jack Brohamer made the final out of the game on a check swing ground ball by John Mayberry—just the kind of slow roller that Hobson had been throwing into the stands.