Minnesota was strong on oddities and everything else. Brant Alyea- Jim Perry witchery continued unabated. Though Perry did not win, he remains unbeaten at 3-0, thanks to Alyea, who drove in four runs in the three innings Perry pitched against Detroit. Perry thus escaped with no decision after giving up six runs. Alyea—leading the league in batting and RBIs—had seven of his 16 hits, all four homers and 19 of 20 RBIs in games Perry pitched. If that didn't have Bowie Kuhn screening Alyea's associates for pointed ears and cloven hooves, one play on Saturday would have. Leftfielder Alyea got an assist on the pitcher's mound and a put out near home plate that prevented an inside-the-park home run on a strikeout. With two out, Detroit's Earl Wilson struck out, the Twins headed for the dugout and nationwide TV cut to a commercial. But the umpire signaled the third strike had been trapped. Wilson ambled to first, then started running. Alyea saw what was happening in time to pick up the ball, throw to Shortstop Leo Cardenas and get the ball back to tag Wilson out between third and home. CALIFORNIA was half a game ahead of Minnesota, but Andy Messersmith strained his shoulder stretching a single into a double. After yielding five runs in 4? innings for his first loss, Messersmith said, "There's nothing wrong with my arm. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing." His eyes were rimmed with red. Al Downing pitched a three-hitter, Chuck Dobson got his first win, Sal Bando returned to third base but OAKLAND still hovered around .500. KANSAS CITY had four home runs in one game and lost. CHICAGO'S Tom McCraw stole second every time he reached first base. That was only twice. MILWAUKEE had a certified witch cast a spell for the Brewers. It may have helped win two of three in Boston.
MINN 10-4 CAL 12-5 OAK 8-8 KC 6-10 CHI 6-10 MIL 5-11