If nothing else, the first full week of play proved you couldn't tell the players without a score-card. Expansion, free agentry, heavy trading and an influx of rookies resulted in unfamiliar lineups. Newcomers excelled for Oakland (5-2), Pablo Torrealba notching two saves and a win, Dave Giusti two saves and Doug Bair a victory. All nine A's homers were hit by freshly acquired players, including two each by Dick Allen and Wayne Gross.
Seattle fans chanted "Roop, Roop, Roop" to urge on Centerfielder Ruppert Jones, 22, who responded with three home runs. Also drawing cheers was Steve Braun, who singled in the 13th inning to finish off his former Minnesota teammates 3-2.
Two free-agent signees bolstered Chicago (4-1), Steve Stone pitching a three-hitter to stop Toronto 3-2 and Royle Stillman driving in the decisive scores with a two-run single as the White Sox came from five runs back to overhaul the Blue Jays 7-5.
Minnesota split eight games, with all the victories going to new arms. Geoff Zahn, who had been released by the Cubs, had two wins. Other victors were Paul Thormodsgard (7-1 over the A's) and Ron Schueler (3-2 over the Mariners).
Former Yankee Doyle Alexander and Paul Lindblad, late of the A's, combined for a 3-2 win by Texas (2-1) over Baltimore.
Kansas City (2-3) got early dividends from a trade with Milwaukee, Darrell Porter batting .471 and Jim Colborn (with relief from Larry Gura) beating Detroit 5-0.
The Angels (3-4), who averaged two homers a week last season, walloped 11, with Bobby Bonds and Don Baylor socking three apiece. But one thing that has not changed for California is Nolan Ryan's pitching. He beat Seattle 7-0 with his fifth career one-hitter.
TEX 4-1 OAK 7-2 CHI 5-2 KC 4-3 CAL 5-6 MINN 4-5 SEA 4-7