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Only a first-inning triple by Cecil Cooper kept Dennis Eckersley of the Indians (4-4) from his second no-hitter of the season as he beat the Brewers 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. Cleveland took the second game 5-4 when Rico Carty doubled in the ninth.
Ten errors and weak hitting (just three homers) kept Toronto (1-5) bogged down. Thus far, the Blue Jays have committed 115 errors in 112 games. Jesse Jefferson stopped the Twins 6-2 with the aid of home runs by Doug Ault and Roy Howell, who hit .476 during the week.
An almost funereal air enveloped the Brewers (4-5) as they fell to sixth. "No one can ever believe how tough it is to live through this," said Club President Bud Selig. "There are sleepless nights and endless worry." After failing to hit in the clutch, Don Money told a reporter, "Write that I stink." Cecil Cooper said, "Ol' Man River isn't rolling. He has come to a screeching halt." But the Brewers ended the week on an upbeat note, bopping the Indians 6-1 as Money hit his 17th and 18th home runs and Ol' Man Cooper his 13th.
BOS 67-44 BALT 66-48 NY 64-50 DET 52-61 CLEV 50-63 MIL 51-67 TOR 39-73
The South Side Hit Men, otherwise known as the White Sox (3-4), cost owner Bill Veeck a bundle of dough. Each time they homer at home, Veeck's exploding scoreboard sets off $104.98 worth of pyrotechnics. But Veeck was glad to foot the bill, especially after Lamar Johnson's second homer of the game came in the ninth and gave Chicago a 5-4 win over Seattle. And he was ecstatic the next day when the Sox tied a Comiskey Park record with six homers while drubbing the Mariners 13-3. After slipping from first place for a day when they lost to the Rangers 10-7, the Sox beat Texas 6-5 as Richie Zisk slammed his 24th and 25th homers. During the week, the Sox had 14 home runs (four by Oscar Gamble) as they raised their total to 148, which is 10 more than the club's best previous season.
The Twins (3-2) were the team that briefly passed the White Sox as they outlasted the Tigers 12-11. A grand slam by Rod Carew and a three-run homer by Mike Cubbage were the big blows for Minnesota. A 2-1 loss in Detroit the next night dropped the Twins back to second. Dave Goltz (15-6) disposed of Cleveland 11-1 and Toronto 7-3.
Hal McRae hammered his 15th homer as Kansas City topped Texas 4-3 and his 16th in a 9-8 victory over Toronto. Another one-run win was accomplished when rookie John Wathan singled in the ninth to upend Chicago 3-2.
Fourth-place Texas (5-2) was just two games out of first. The Rangers have been 30-14 since Billy Hunter became manager, and with good reason. Hunter put his Rangers through a "mini spring training" in which they worked on fundamentals for 10 days. Since then, they have committed few blunders and have bunted so often they have become known as " Hunter's Bunters."
Bobby Bonds of California (5-3) hit four homers, giving him eight in nine games in two weeks and raising his total to 29. His 29th helped Paul Hartzell end Boston's 11-game winning streak 7-3; his 14 runs batted in gave him the league lead with 88. Nolan Ryan (17-10) struggled to a 6-4 win over the Royals and a 6-5, 12-inning decision in New York.