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THE WEEK
Joe Jares
July 10, 1972
NL WEST
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July 10, 1972

The Week

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Detroit managed to cling to first place despite anemic hitting, and Tiger Manager Billy Martin credited "execution, working hard for our runs. We've scored five times already on the suicide squeeze." His pitching wasn't bad, either. Mickey Lolich got his 12th victory and Bill Slayback made an impressive major league debut. Called up from Toledo, Slayback had a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Yankees. John Callison broke it up with a line-drive single, but the rookie went on to win 4-3 with relief help. Later in the week, Willie Horton's poor execution under a fly ball helped Slayback lose to Baltimore 3-2.

New York shifted out of reverse, ending its five-game losing streak and Oriole Jim Palmer's eight-game winning streak by beating Baltimore 4-3. It was Sparky Lyle's 15th save of the season. Roy White made up for some poor glove work by beating the Indians with a ninth-inning, two-out single that drove in the game's only run.

Manager Eddie Kasko had an up-and-down week watching his Red Sox split with Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit. He celebrated his 41st birthday the night his club bombed the Indians 8-2, but he must have felt 20 years older when rookie Pitcher Lynn McGlothen held the Tigers scoreless eight innings, then fell apart in the ninth to lose 8-4.

Every left-handed pitcher there is seems able to handle Cleveland. The Brewers' John Stephenson did it to bring the Indians' record against southpaws to 4-23. "By now it's all over the league," moaned Manager Ken Aspromonte. " Alex Johnson and Ray Fosse must hit the lefties," said veteran Tommy McCraw. "Also, Graig Nettles must hit them for some power. We'll see lefties all year. We've got to get something from our right side." Milwaukee was playing without suspended Outfielder Billy Conigliaro and did not seem to mind. The Brewers beat Boston once, the Orioles twice and Cleveland three times, extending their hot streak to eight wins in nine games. The six-game win streak is the best in the franchise's short history.

DET 36-28 BALT 35-29 NY 28-34 BOST 27-34 CLEV 27-36 MIL 26-37

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