Tommy Harper stole his 49th base Saturday for second-place Boston, but the talk in the Hub was more about the possibility of Manager Eddie Kasko being replaced by Darrell Johnson, whose Pawtucket Red Sox won the Junior World Series from Tulsa. Ken Aspromonte will stay on as Cleveland's manager, but Coaches Rocky Colavito, Joe Lutz and Warren Spahn will be replaced. Ex-Indian hero Colavito hopes to get back into TV work.
Milwaukee's Don Money raised his average to .286 and brought big smiles to the faces of Manager Del Crandall and the rest of the Brewmasters, who had been criticized for tearing apart their pitching staff in the trade that brought Money from the Phillies. As late as June 16 of this season, Money was batting, if that is the word, .198. Crandall not only raved about his hitting, but his throwing and base running, too.
The Yankees were 1-5 for the week, and it might have been worse except for two days off. Boston beat them twice in Fenway Park and upped its season record against New York to 14-4 (8-1 in Fenway). Tiger John Hiller, who suffered a heart attack early in 1971, broke Clay Carroll's major league record for saves with his 38th, holding off the Red Sox for 3? innings in a 5-1 game. He has figured in 47 of Detroit's 82 wins. "Just coming back was the big thing," says Hiller. "I figured anything I could do after that was a plus I had no right to expect." Al Kaline, out of the lineup since Aug. 30 because of a muscle pull, returned Friday and hit a homer his first time up. He also got two doubles on Saturday.
BALT 92-62 BOST 83-71 DET 82-72 NY 75-79 MIL 72-82 CLEV 68-86