Although the Orioles split six games and failed to gain on the Red Sox (page 14), they were encouraged by excellent pitching. Jim Palmer won for the first time in two months, Ross Grimsley shut out Kansas City 1-0 and Mike Cuellar stopped Chicago 2-1.
Cleveland had to forego batting practice on a day off because goalposts from a Browns game could not be removed, but no matter. Opponents' bats were muffled by the pitching Perrys as Gaylord finally ended the famine that followed his 15-game feast, defeating Minnesota 4-2, and Jim beat Chicago 3-2 and Texas 4-0.
Dormant much of the season, the Yankees showed signs of invigoration as Rudy May held off Oakland 4-1, Doc Medich stymied Chicago 2-1 and Thurman Munson shocked the White Sox 9-8 with a two-out, two-run homer in the 13th inning.
BOS 65-54 CLEV 60-56 BALT 60-59 NY 59-60 DET 57-63 MIL 57-63
That Kansas City sliced two games from Oakland's lead with a 4-2 week was due in part to diligent self-analysis by Pitcher Steve Busby. After reviewing video tapes of his past pattern, he threw a five-hit, 9-1 defeat at Detroit for his 18th win. Amos Otis set a Royal record by extending his hitting streak to 19 games. And Reliever Steve Mingori tipped to 24 the string of innings in which he has yielded no earned runs.
Nolan Ryan, he of the big heat, tied the major league mark for strikeouts in a nine-inning game by whiffing 19 Red Sox. He beat them 4-2—and then the Brewers 7-3. Chicago, despite slugging nine homers, dropped four one-run games and so lost any real hope of contending in the West.
OAK 69-52 KC 63-55 TEX 61-61 CHI 60-60 MINN 59-62 CAL 48-73