With Detroit Catchers Bill Freehan and Terry Humphrey ailing, John Wockenfuss, up from the minors, hit two home runs. Willie Horton unloaded Nos. 14 and 15, and John Hiller picked up his eighth and ninth saves with 6? innings of scoreless relief. Despite all that, the Tigers lost six of eight. Worse yet was Cleveland (1-7), which sent one of the big names in the game, Gaylord Perry, to the Rangers for Pitchers Jim Bibby, Jackie Brown and Rick Waits.
BOS 31-24 NY 31-26 MIL 28-28 DET 25-30 BALT 25-31 CLEV 23-34
Marty (Duck) Pattin of the Royals did not mind that it rained throughout his 4-3 win over the Tigers. "I'm built close to the ground and my little webbed feet don't slip in the mud," Pattin said. Lindy McDaniel saved that game for Pattin one day after pitching five scoreless innings to beat Detroit 5-2.
"A wealthy ghetto" was Reggie Jackson's description of Oakland's three highest-paid players: Billy Williams, Sal Bando and himself, all batting below .240. It was pitching that kept the A's (5-2) going. Ken Holtzman beat Detroit 4-0, coming within one out of a no-hitter before Tom Veryzer doubled. Two days later Jim Perry stopped Baltimore 3-0 with another one-hitter.
Minnesota's Danny Thompson and Dan Ford, who batted out of turn four times each before correcting themselves, produced four runs in an 11-10, 11-inning win over Cleveland. Eric Soderholm argued in vain that a pitched ball had not hit his bat for a strike and then, two pitches later, helped beat the Orioles 7-3 with a three-run homer.
Texas walloped 13 home runs, four by Jeff Burroughs, who tied for the major league lead with 15. Also contributing to a 5-3 week was Ferguson Jenkins, a 2-1 winner over the Indians.
Wilbur Wood of Chicago (3-4) finally got his knuckleball under control and doubled his win total by stopping Milwaukee 9-2 and New York 7-2. California (3-5) got its first grand slam in four years when Lee Stanton connected in a 14-7 bombing of Detroit.
OAK 35-24 KC 35-27 TEX 30-29 MINN 27-27 CAL 30-32 CHI 25-33