KC 86-63 OAK 80-68 MINN 76-75 CAL 69-81 TEX 67-81 CHI 63-87
"When they get a hit off me I always ask for a new ball. Let the old one go back in the umpire's pocket and goof around with the other balls. Maybe it'll come out as a pop-up." The author of that soliloquy? None other than Mark (The Bird) Fidrych of Detroit (2-5), who could not find any pop-up balls against Boston. He allowed seven runs before being yanked in the third inning of an 8-3 loss. Rusty Staub picked up his 2,000th career hit.
It was much the same story for New York (5-2) and Boston (5-2). Ed Figueroa (19-8) won twice and Graig Nettles hit two game-winning homers for the Yankees. For the Red Sox, it was Luis Tiant (19-11) winning twice and Butch Hobson hitting two game-clinching homers. Lee May became the first Baltimore (5-1) player since 1970 to get 100 RBIs. Jim Kern notched his 14th save for Cleveland (2-4).
On A Salute to Hank Aaron Night, the Milwaukee (1-6) slugger told 40,383 fans, "This is the end for me." Aaron had asked that he not receive any expensive gifts, but the Brewers could not resist giving him a car. Thirteen of them piled into a battered vehicle from Crazy Jim's Demolition Derby. "It's a 1971 Torino Canardly," Driver-Pitcher Jim Colborn said. "You roll it down a hill, and you canardly get it back up."
NY 91-55 BALT 87-66 CLEV 74-73 BOS 72-76 DET 67-80 MIL 63-84