OAK 33-28 TEX 32-29 KC 30-29 CHI 26-29 CAL 27-35 MINN 24-32
Dick Williams returned to baseball—as color man for the Monday night national telecast of a game between Boston and Oakland, teams he had managed. On the air he was bland; off it he was hardly original in suggesting that Carl Yastrzemski is having a good year "because he has a one-year contract.... Yaz has his best years when his contract is up for renewal." Yastrzemski got two or more hits in every game, batting .481 for the week and leading the Red Sox to five wins in six games.
And who was gearing up for a run at the pacesetters? Surprisingly enough, the Cleveland Indians. The Indians picked up Steve Arlin from San Diego as a fourth starter, meanwhile getting four wins from their first three: Steve Kline (two) and Jim and Gay-lord Perry (one each). Baltimore and New York had 4-2 weeks. The Yankees acquired another pitcher, Rudy May, from California, and the Orioles got a rare win—his first in 55 days—from sore-armed Jim Palmer.
In Detroit the fans lustily cheered ex- Manager Billy Martin on his return with the Texas Rangers, despite Martin's pregame blasts at his former boss, Tiger General Manager Jim Campbell ("He out-and-out lied to me"), Rightfielder Jim Northrup ("I want to put stitches in his big mouth") and Coach Dick Tracewski ("Benedict Arnold"). But Detroit got last bite by taking two of three from Texas. In a 4-2, eight-homer week (including gamewinners by Willie Horton and Aurelio Rodriguez), the Tigers moved from fifth to tie for third. Martin was more successful elsewhere. His deft second baseman, Dave Nelson, pulled a hidden-ball trick on Milwaukee's Bob Coluccio, an indignity that low-lighted an 0-6 week for the Brewers.
BOS 34-26 CLEV 30-28 BALT 30-29 DET 30-29 NY 31-32 MIL 28-29