Tigers tickled pink to play rangers said a headline in the Detroit Free Press. The pink turned to an embarrassed red, though, as Texas beat the Tigers 2-1 and 4-1 with the help of two fine relief efforts by Steve Foucault. Texas fans were treated to the sight of elephantine Frank Howard, a Ranger last year and now Detroit's designated hitter, trying to steal a base. He didn't make it.
KC 13-7 CHI 9-5 MINN 9-6 CAL 9-7 OAK 8-11 TEX 5-10
Detroit lost five of six games yet found solace in, of all things, a three-base error by Willie Horton that led to a 5-3 loss to the Orioles. The redeeming aspects of that miscue were, first, that Horton made it while displaying newfound hustle and attitude in the outfield and, second, that he didn't go into one of his abysmal sulks afterward. "Keep hustling," Manager Billy Martin told him in consolation. Baltimore stayed in front as Jim Palmer held off the A's 2-1 to end a string of three straight one-run losses. For the first time ever—from Little League to the majors—Boog Powell batted eighth, going 0 for 4 and lowering his batting average to .222.
Johnny Briggs of Milwaukee had a tooth pulled, but it was the Royals who felt the pain as the Brewers pounded out 10 hits in the course of Jerry Bell's three-hit 9-1 victory. In all, the Brewers hit six homers during the week and climbed to the giddy heights of second place.
The Yankees arrived back in New York after a miserable road trip to wait in vain for a bus that was supposed to meet them at the airport. On the other hand, the home runs they have been expecting finally did arrive when they hit four (two by Bobby Murcer) in drubbing the Twins 11-3 behind George Medich.
Boston pitchers gave up 27 walks as the Red Sox lost three of five contests with the Indians, Twins and White Sox by a total of four runs.
Seven homers and some fine pitching bolstered Cleveland's self-esteem. The most dramatic of the clouts was a grand slam by Ron Lolich with two out in the last of the ninth to beat the Red Sox 8-7. Best of the pitching jobs were Dick Tidrow's 1-0 stopper against the A's and a 6-2 win over the Angels by Milt Wilcox, who went seven innings before allowing a hit.
BALT 10-8 MIL 9-8 DET 9-10 BOST 7-9 NY 7-10 CLEV 8-12