"I'm amazed they don't put him in the lineup every game they face us," said BALTIMORE'S Earl Weaver. "I can't believe anyone has put on a show like he has this year, unless it was Babe Ruth. Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard don't hit us as hard on their good days." And so Sonny Siebert of BOSTON finally won his 15th game—on his eighth attempt—by blasting two home runs against the playoff-bound Orioles and by shutting them out with three hits. The performance brought Siebert's batting totals in four games against the best pitching staff in baseball to four homers, a double, a single and 11 RBIs. Weaver, in a needling mood, threw a verbal duster at Carl Yastrzemski. "Sure, I'd like to have him, but I wouldn't trade any of the four outfielders I have for him." Graig Nettles of CLEVELAND is getting known around the league, and in one way that isn't good. After hitting his 23rd home run in a 6-3 win over the Tigers, Nettles came to bat against DETROIT'S Joe Niekro. On Niekro's first pitch, high and close, he threw up both hands to protect his face. The resultant damage—two sore thumbs—kept Nettles out of the next game. Very much in the game for the Tigers was Norm Cash, who was 11 for 23 in six games and drove in 12 runs, three on his 30th home run, the most he has hit since 1966. In winning his 16th game for his best season, Pitcher Joe Coleman was more sanguine about the year than Manager Billy Martin. "Look," said Coleman, who began life in the big leagues with the Senators, "it isn't any shame to finish in second place. This is my seventh year in the majors and I've been in the second division six straight times. If we don't catch the Orioles, it's still a big year for me." It still may be a big year for Bill Gogolewski, too. He became the first WASHINGTON starter to hold a winning record for the season when he defeated the Yankees 2-0 with a four-hitter, NEW YORK, which seems to unleash its frustrations with single-game outbursts separated by weeks of unproductivity, did it again. Stan Bahnsen was the beneficiary of 11 runs in the first two innings as the Yanks won 11-1 over the Senators. Still, the Yankees are a 5-10 team against Washington, and not many clubs claim that.
BALT 84-49 DET 76-61 BOST 72-66 NY 67-71 WASH 57-80 CLEV 54-84