It was Valentine's Day all over again for Oriole Right-hander Tom Phoebus when he defeated the Red Sox 6-0 at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium Saturday. Phoebus' April Valentine—Umpire Bill, that is—helped turn what began as a rotten day for the pitcher into a rosy one indeed. When Phoebus went out to the mound just about everything was wrong. A day-old sore throat still bothered him, and the raw, rainy weather did not seem likely to improve his health. To make things worse, Phoebus had not pitched in a week, and his catcher was converted Outfielder Curt Blefary, who was playing only his fourth game behind the plate. But the 26-year-old Baltimore native had told his manager, Hank Bauer, he was ready to pitch. He was, too. After two first-inning walks Phoebus settled down and allowed only one more player to reach base in recording his first—and the season's first—no-hitter. Striking out nine and using his hard fastball and slider to keep the batters off balance, Phoebus earned his big win but some fans felt he did it with the help of Umpire Valentine. In the third inning Boston's Mike Andrews chopped a ball back over the mound, forcing Oriole Shortstop Mark Belanger to make a charging grab and an off-balance throw. The play was very close at first, and even a few Baltimore fans gasped in surprise when Valentine thumbed Andrews out. Later Third Baseman Brooks Robinson saved Phoebus again, making a diving catch of a line drive. Aided by these plays, the sort that accompany most no-hitters, Phoebus suffered only one other letdown—when he remembered that his real Valentine, recent bride Susie, had missed seeing him pitch. She spent the afternoon in church at a christening.