" Milwaukee is ready for a baseball explosion," said Alex Grammas, manager of the Brewers (4-1). Two homers by Sixto Lezcano clipped the Yankees 2-1, and Cecil Cooper's two-run blast in the ninth, followed by Sal Bando's triple and Steve Brye's single, overcame New York again 4-3. Jim Slaton whitewashed Baltimore 5-0.
In the eighth inning of a game at Fenway Park, the Indians (2-2) scored 13 times and the Red Sox six, breaking by two the modern record for most runs in one inning by two teams. Although the final score was 19-9 in Cleveland's favor, no home runs were hit. Boston (1-3) became the last team in the majors to win its first game, zapping the Indians 8-4 behind Luis Tiant.
New York's high-salaried stars did not shine. Reggie Jackson was picked off base in a crucial spot, made a costly error and became embroiled in a controversy with Manager Billy Martin about whether Jackson should have told the press about his ailing arm. Don Gullett lost twice, the team had only two homers and the Yankees' solitary win in five tries was by a 5-3 score in Kansas City.
Baltimore (1-2) scored merely three runs, one on a hit by Rick Dempsey that gave Jim Palmer a 1-0 win over Milwaukee.
Detroit (3-4) beat Kansas City 8-5 on a three-run homer in the ninth by Rusty Staub and downed Toronto 6-1 as Dave Roberts gave up only four hits. But the Tigers had their share of unsettling events, too. After 13 seasons as a big favorite with the Tigers, Willie Horton was traded to the Rangers for Pitcher Steve Foucault; Detroit twice made five errors in a game; relief ace John Hiller lost twice in his birthplace, Toronto; and rookie phenom Dave Rozema committed a run-scoring balk when his hand struck his knee and dislodged the ball.
MIL 5-2 CLEV 3-2 TOR 5-4 DET 3-6 NY 2-5 BALT 1-4 BOS 1-4
"This is a multidimensional club," said Reggie Smith of Los Angeles (4-2). "It's a smart team, and it has speed and power." Eight homers (three by Smith) and eight steals (six by Davey Lopes) helped substantiate two of those claims, as the Dodgers outslugged the Braves 14-10 and Burt Hooton defeated the Giants 5-0.
San Francisco (3-3) got power from its new M&M combination, Willie McCovey and Bill Madlock, who hit two home runs apiece.
Houston (3-3) played five straight one-run games, winning three of them from Cincinnati. In the last of these victories, the Astros went ahead 7-6 in the 10th when Jose Cruz doubled and Willie Crawford singled.