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Slugging with oldtime vigor, the Yankees were 4-3 for the week as they unloaded 11 homers, nine in a doubleheader split with the Indians. Graig Nettles, who leads both leagues in homers with eight, hit five last week, had 15 RBIs and batted .481. With the aid of a strong wind that blew his drive from foul to fair, Nettles shocked the Orioles 4-3 with a two-run ninth inning drive. When Pitching Coach Whitey Ford hinted that Doc Medich's fast curve lacked speed, the pitcher put more oomph behind it and downed the Red Sox 6-1.
Cleveland defeated Cleveland 6-3 when Reggie Cleveland of the Red Sox won his first AL game by defeating the Indians. A split in four games was the best that could be managed by the Orioles, who were batting .221 for the season and had made 12 errors in 11 games.
Cleveland's bullpen was labeled Gasoline Alley by a local sportswriter who claimed, "Indian firemen arrive on the scene with gasoline in their hoses." In 28 innings the Indian relievers have been burned for 20 runs, with the worst performance being that of Tom Hilgendorf, who faced 11 Yankees and gave up four homers. Jim and Gaylord Perry tied Christy and Henry Mathewson as the winningest brothers ever when Jim beat Milwaukee 3-2 for his 195th victory and the 373rd for the family.
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Opponents listened to the Phillies after their 6-2 week. Even Bill Robinson, who had complained, "I don't want to play for the Phillies anymore" when he was yanked for a pinch hitter, got into the act—after being restored to duty by Manager Danny Ozark. Robinson got three hits and scored four times as the Phillies topped the Cardinals 12-5.
"The Expos" magic number...now is 154," read a Montreal newspaper as the team headed for St. Louis. The Expos prompted the optimism by sweeping a three-game home stand from the Mets. Their 4-1 week, spiced by six homers, put them in first place.
Ted Simmons of St. Louis kept on hitting: he hit safely in the first 15 games this year and in 51 of the past 54. Alan Foster slowed the Expos 10-4, ensuring his first win by getting three hits and scoring three times.