Roger Clemens stepped to the plate wearing Mo Vaughn's forearm pad and Kevin Mitchell's shinguard. He held Bill Haselman's bat to his first career regular-season at-bat.
One swing and a single later, the best pitcher in Boston history had a higher career average than Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice - combined.Clemens got his first major-league hit off hard-throwing Norm Charlton and pitched his second complete game of the season Thursday night, leading the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.
"I wasn't scared," Clemens said. "I just told them to give me all that hockey equipment."
After breaking his bat fouling off a pitch, Clemens grounded a single through Charlton's legs to become the first Boston pitcher to get a hit since Luis Tiant on Oct. 3, 1972, the last year before the designated hitter was used.
"Once I got down to first base I was like a fish out of water. I had no idea what to do," said the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who was forced out at second base.
Clemens placed Hasselman's bat on the top shelf of his locker after the game. "He can keep it," said Haselman, who struck out with it in the eighth. "At least somebody got a hit with it."
Clemens went 0-for-4 but scored a run in the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets.
Troy O'Leary homered and drove in four runs, and John Valentin, Jose Canseco and Tim Naehring all homered for Boston. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 12th homer, a solo shot for Seattle.
But the hitting star clearly was Clemens.
Indians 5, Brewers 1
Orel Hershiser rebounded from his poorest outing of the season with his first win since May 2.
Hershiser (4-3), tagged for seven runs and eight hits in three innings last Friday against Texas, held the Brewers to seven hits in seven innings.
Julian Tavarez pitched the eighth and ninth for the Indians, who have won 16 of their last 18 home games.
Yankees 4, Athletics 3
At New York, Wade Boggs hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning for the Yankees.
Ruben Rivera, who earlier hit a two-run double for his first major league hit, was hit by a pitch from Billy Taylor (1-1) with two outs in the eighth. Derek Jeter bunted for a single and Boggs singled off Mike Mohler. Kenny Rogers (3-0) allowed six hits in eight innings, walking two and striking out one. John Wetteland pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
Royals 4, Rangers 2
David Howard stole home, the second Kansas City player to do it in two days, and Craig Paquette and Sal Fasano hit solo homers as the Royals won their fourth straight. Kevin Appier (4-4) pitched 72/3 innings and gave up eight hits, striking out seven and walking one. Jeff Montgomery pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Slow-footed Bob Hamelin stole home Wednesday in Detroit on a double steal. Chris Stynes has also stolen home this season for the Royals, who lead the AL with 63 steals.
Blue Jays 5, Twins 4
At Toronto, pinch hitter Charlie O'Brien singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak.
John Olerud, who drove in two runs, opened the 10th with his third hit, a single off Mike Milchin (1-1), and pinch-hitter Robert Perez sacrificed pinch-runner Felipe Crespo to second. O'Brien followed by singling to right-center off Erik Bennett to score Crespo well ahead of right fielder Roberto Kelly's throw.
Reds 7, Rockies 5
At Denver, Thomas Howard walked with the bases loaded to force home the go-ahead run as Cincinnati scored six runs in the ninth to end Colorado's seven-game winning streak.
The Rockies, who had won nine straight games at home, led 5-1 heading to the ninth, but starter Marvin Freeman fell two outs short of his first career complete game. He left after giving up a two-run homer to Hal Morris, a single to Eric Davis and a walk to Eddie Taubensee.
Padres 7, Phillies 5
At San Diego, Steve Finley capped his first career 5-for-5 game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Finley hit a 1-1 pitch from Russ Springer (1-4) into the right-field seats to put the Padres ahead 6-5. Rickey Henderson walked to open the eighth and stole his 10th base this season before Finley's homer.