SF 7-2 CIN 5-3 HOUS 5-4 ATL 3-5 LA 3-6 SD 3-6
Boom went the Boston bats to the tune of a league-leading .367 as the Red Sox belted the Yankees for 29 runs in three games. Boston then had five off days, thanks to cold and snow in Milwaukee, before beating the Yankees again 3-1 to remain the only unbeaten team.
Boston was not New York's sole nemesis. The Yankees opened at home before only 17,028 and watched three of their ex-teammates—Rusty Torres, Charley Spikes and John Ellis—help Cleveland win 3-1. As some Clevelanders who own the Yankees looked on in anguish, ex-Indian Graig Nettles made a costly error. Then Mel Stottlemyre and Steve Kline two-hit the Tribe on consecutive days. It will not be an Indian summer.
After Milwaukee's Bill Parsons held Baltimore to one hit in 7? innings en route to a 2-0 win Merv Rettenmund charged that "He threw a sinking fastball, but only because he didn't have enough power to get to the plate." He was kidding. The Orioles could afford humor because their pitching—15 hits in four games—was comparable.
Detroit's pitching allowed no opponent more than three runs, but the Tigers, held runless for 22 straight innings, were only breaking even. Mickey Lolich, a 2-1 and 1-0 loser, was philosophical. "If I start 40 games a year, I'll pitch 20 good ones, 10 sosos, and 10 lousy ones," he said. "I've used up two of my good ones."
BOST 4-0 BALT 5-1 DET 3-3 NY 2-5 CLEV 2-5 MIL 1-3
Royals Stadium opened after a one-year delay, and a near-capacity crowd of 39,464 was not disappointed. Kansas City clobbered Texas 12-1, and the only problem was the $2 million computerized scoreboard, which failed to react to John Mayberry's homer with the usual stuff—illuminating his picture, exploding and turning cartwheels. Earlier in the week Manager Jack McKeon was so pleased by his team's performance in California, he personally served the players dinner on the plane home.
Oakland's Dick Williams served something else. When some of the A's whooped it up on the bus, he asked, "Are you guys three and oh or oh and three?" "We're oh and three," answered Blue Moon Odom. "Well, you better start busting your rears," said Williams. The incident recalled 1971, when Williams chewed out the players on the bus after they lost four of their first six. They went on to win 12 of the next 13 and the division. The 1973 A's are on schedule—in last place.