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CHI 53-36 PHIL 54-39 PITT 53-42 ST.L 49-46 MONT 45-47 NY 38-56
"I guarantee things will change," said Rico Carty, certain that the Indians (3-2) would improve after the All-Star interlude. Carty did some changing himself by hitting a two-run homer that gave the Indians a 9-8 win in Boston, a game that began with the first four Cleveland batters hitting for the cycle against, oddly, Reggie Cleveland. Duane Kuiper led off with a single, Buddy Bell tripled, Larvell Blanks doubled and Andre Thornton homered.
Boston (2-3) split four games with Cleveland, Luis Tiant winning 11-4 with the help of Butch Hobson's 19th homer, and Rick Wise prevailing 3-0. Those victories moved the Red Sox into first place ahead of the punch-less Orioles. Baltimore scored only three runs while losing all three of its outings.
Even though Don Money and Robin Yount were already hurt, and Sixto Lezcano suffered a broken hand, Milwaukee (3-2) split four games in New York. Bill Castro picked up his eighth win as the Brewers stymied the Yankees 5-4 in 10 innings.
That defeat was part of another depressing week for the Yankees (2-3), who had led 4-0 in the ninth but blew it by committing five mistakes in the final two innings. Billy Martin admitted his managerial job was in jeopardy, saying, "I believe I have something to worry about." For a change, though, he did not have to worry about Catfish Hunter, who stopped the Brewers 7-0.
Toronto won only once in four tries. The Blue Jays' victory came when Jesse Jefferson muzzled the Tigers 3-2 with a five-hitter.
With Mark Fidrych of Detroit (2-3) out with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, Dave Rozema did his best to fill the Bird's role. This he did by stopping the Royals 5-4 and by then munching on a watermelon during a post-game TV interview in which he accidentally spit a seed on the announcer.
BOS 53-40 BALT 53-41 NY 52-44 CLEV 43-49 MIL 43-51 DET 42-52 TOR 34-60