Those clanking sounds heard around the league came from DETROIT (3-5-1) as piece after piece of its armor went clattering. The week began well enough, John Hiller pitching a one-hitter and Jim Price hitting a 10th-inning pinch homer to account for two wins. Then Second Baseman Dick McAuliffe had a scrap with White Sox Pitcher Tommy John. McAuliffe wound up with a five-day suspension, John with torn ligaments in his pitching shoulder. Next came four straight losses to NEW YORK (6-2-1), which was playing as of old. Two-run homers by Tom Tresh and Roy White gave the Yankees a pair of 2-1 wins, the latter handing Denny McLain his second loss of the week and first on the road after 16 straight wins away from home. What's more, the Yankees came back from a 5-1 deficit to win the third game 6-5, the win going to erstwhile Outfielder Rocky Colavito, who had a 10-year rest since his only other pitching job. Colavito then homered in the finale, a 5-4 win for the Yankees. In between, the teams played a 19-inning 3-3 tie in which Lindy McDaniel of the Yankees pitched seven perfect innings of relief. Jim Hardin of BALTIMORE (4-2) earned two victories, and singles by Boog Powell (in the 15th inning) and by Brooks Robinson (in the 18th) won two more as the Orioles gained two games on the Tigers. Clyde Wright's 6? innings of hitless relief and George Brunet's six-hitter were responsible for the only wins for CALIFORNIA (2-5). Three of the Angels' losses were to OAKLAND (4-3), which has taken 11 of 15 from them. Ninth-inning homers by Dick Green and Danny Cater, who had a bruised shoulder and ankle and a broken blood vessel in his hand, gave the A's two wins. Dean Chance of MINNESOTA (4-4) shut out the Yankees 1-0, Jim Merritt beat them 3-1 on a three-hitter and Dave Boswell stopped the White Sox on four hits. Reliever Bob Humphreys of WASHINGTON (3-3) doubled his win total for the season as the Senators scored four times in the ninth to beat the A's 4-1 and topped the Indians 10-9. CHICAGO (3-5) beat the Tigers 10-2 but for the remainder of the week averaged just two runs a game. Jose Cardenal's base stealing, Sam McDowell's four-hitter and Vicente Romo's relief work helped CLEVELAND (5-2) take five in a row and bump BOSTON (2-5) out of third place. Ken Harrelson (page 22), who leads the majors with 101 RBIs, claims he has received numerous offers to capitalize on his fine year. "One is a comic strip called The Hawk," says Harrelson. "The hero would be a guy like Superman, but he'd wear a Nehru jacket and a medallion with H on it, and he'd have a big nose like mine."
Standings: Del 81-49, Balt 75-53, Clev 71-62, Bos 69-62, Oak 66-63, NY 63-63, Minn 61-68, Cal 58-72, Chi 54-76, Wash 48-78
"Somewhere in the last year or so this club has lost its pride," said LOS ANGELES (1-6) General Manager Fresco Thompson. "There is no spirit, no noise, no desire, no determination." Statistics bore him out. Last week the fielders made 11 errors, the offense remained incognito and the pitching staff—a few short years ago the best in baseball—gave up an average of seven runs a game. Even when Don Sutton came up with the best Dodger pitching job in two weeks—a four-hitter against the Giants—the team lost. Sutton, who has lost six of his last seven decisions despite a 1.89 ERA, might have expected such luck. World Champion ST. LOUIS (4-3) was also lackluster. The Cards committed 11 errors (their opponents made four), hit just one homer (the opposition had six) and Bob Gibson, who had won 15 in a row, lost despite 15 strikeouts and a 4-0 lead going into the seventh inning. Gibson's streak might have remained intact if Willie Stargell of PITTSBURGH (3-4) had not started wearing glasses. The bespectacled slugger hit a three-run homer against Gibson and also set up a ninth-inning, game-winning rally with a double. After a 19-1 loss to the Pirates a broken mirror was found in the CINCINNATI (4-3) clubhouse. Instead of seven years' bad luck, though, the Reds began winning. Pete Rose (below) hit .393, and Clay Carroll picked up his 10th save since being acquired from the Braves 11 weeks ago. Manager Luman Harris of ATLANTA (1-6), returning from a disastrous 3-7 road trip, was solaced with a contract for 1969. Rusty Staub of HOUSTON (5-1) batted .450, had nine RBIs and the Astros came from behind to win four times in a row. Ernie Banks and Billy Williams kept CHICAGO (5-2) from stumbling more than it did, Banks hitting four homers during the week, Williams driving in seven runs in one game. Tom Seaver of NEW YORK (2-4) won twice, but the rest of the Mets were not as amazing. Among their losses were 1-0 and 13-3 defeats by SAN FRANCISCO (5-2). Ron Hunt, who hit .400, won the 1-0 game with a single in the 17th inning. Some of the liveliest slugging was done by Richie Allen of PHILADELPHIA (4-3), although he did not want to take credit for all of it. Allen denied charges that he unloaded a knockout punch on a bartender one late night.
Standings: StL 83-48, SF 69-60, Cin 67-59, Chi 69-63, Atl 64-66, Pitt 62-68, Phil 60-68, Hou 61-70, NY 59-73, LA 55-74