Kansas City was looking more like royalty every day. Paced by Amos Otis and Cookie Rojas, the team swept a three-game series from the Red Sox, two from the Yankees and finished its East Coast tour with a 6-1 record. Otis hit three home runs at Fenway Park as the Royals won both ends of a doubleheader, the first time that has happened to the Red Sox at home since 1966—when another Kansas City team, the old Athletics, did it. Boston's George Scott was impressed by the Royals' pitching. "Last year their pitchers tried to overpower us," Scott said. "Now they know how to pitch." OAKLAND'S Vida Blue can pitch, too. He won two more games, hiking his record to 12 and 2, and for his efforts was presented with a Cadillac (license plate: VBLUE) by Owner Charlie Finley. "I need wheels," Blue said, "and these are good ones." After making only one error in six games, the WHITE sox reverted to form and erred three times on three consecutive plays. MINNESOTA Manager Bill Rigney, looking for double plays, shifted All-Star Second Baseman Rod Carew to third base and moved rookie Steve Braun to second. In his first game at the new position, Braun made a high throw on a routine double play and gave the Twins another loss. Owner Calvin Griffith said, "I can't remember one of our teams ever looking worse than this." MILWAUKEE was tied for the best earned run average in the American League—a good 2.88—until the Baltimore Orioles ravaged the Brewers 12-4. CALIFORNIA continued to slip into the Pacific, and Alex Johnson onto the bench as he failed to run out a ground ball. There were strong rumors that Lefty Phillips would be replaced. "Highly premature," said Dick Walsh, the general manager. "Managers," said Phillips, "are hired to be fired."
OAK 37-18 KC 26-23 MINN 27-27 CAL 26-29 CHI 20-28 MIL 20-29