Brant Alyea, who got whitewashed a lot for the Senators, came up for MINNESOTA with the bases loaded at California and cleaned the clock. The Twins scored eight runs in the inning and won 8-2. (Alyea, playing part-time, picked up three homers and 11 RBIs.) Next game, fans were certain Bill Rigney had gone out of his head when he benched Rich Reese to put up scrub Rick Renick at third base. Naturally, Renick wiped out Oakland 7-5 with another grand slam. Eight men on the CALIFORNIA roster were batting over .300, yet the Angels were proudest of their littlest hit. A 3-2 victory over Minnesota was won on a two-out squeeze bunt, and the man squeezed in was Catcher Joe Azcue. Sandy Alomar laid down the bunt merely because he thought he could beat out a hit with Harmon Killebrew playing third. Much to Alomar's surprise, here came Azcue, like a truck with leaky air brakes picking up speed on a downgrade. OAKLAND'S Reggie Jackson, batting well under .100, struck out three times in one game and was booed. "They'll be cheering when I get my 40th home run," Jackson said. With Sal Bando and Campy Campaneris both sidelined by leg injuries, why were the A's only one game under .500 after 11 games? Partly because Felipe Alou and Rick Monday decided that since they were on base all the time (Alou was hitting .300, Monday .425), they had to pull some old tricks to relieve the tedium. With Monday on third and Alou on first, Jackson feebly popped up behind third. Alou raced for second after the catch, Third Baseman Bill Melton took the bait by trying to throw him out, and Monday came in to score. KANSAS CITY Manager Charlie Metro had an unusual complaint. "My pitchers are getting too much rest," he said. But Metro had a point. The Royals got on a plane to the Twin Cities, had a whole series snowed out and got back on the plane for home. You do lose a little of your control when you have eight and nine days between starts. CHICAGO rookie Jerry Janeski won two games and a lot of converts. Janeski takes wheat germ pills, liver pills and vitamin capsules. He also runs three miles and does 70 push-ups. By the end of the week 20 of the losing White Sox were taking tablets, too. All that MILWAUKEE'S green Brewers got were a lot of bad hops.
MINN 6-2 CAL 7-4 KC 5-5 OAK 5-6 CHI 4-6 MIL 3-7