It was difficult top the comeback of reliever Mike Marshall, who got a contract with Minnesota (4-2) only because the Twins players fussed and fumed when owner Calvin Griffith at first refused to sign him. Marshall, who had been at home in Michigan since being cut by the Rangers last June, quickly got two saves and a win as he yielded only one hit in 5? innings. His win came when Willie Norwood blasted a three-run homer to beat Baltimore 9-6. Dave Goltz, a 20-game winner last season, finally picked up his first victory, stopping Baltimore 8-1. The Twins, who hit only 12 home runs in their first 32 games, walloped 10 last week. On top of that, Rod Carew batted .500 and Butch Wynegar .444.
Joe Coleman, who won four games in 1977, and Elias Sosa, who had just one save last season, teamed up as first-place Oakland (2-5) nipped Cleveland 3-2. The victory went to Coleman, making him 3-0, while Sosa chalked up his sixth save.
California (3-4) moved to within 1� games of Oakland as Frank Tanana won twice and Don Baylor grand-slammed Chicago into submission 9-5. Relying on off-speed pitches, because the shoulder that bothered him last year is still not sound, Tanana (7-1) defeated Cleveland 4-3 and Milwaukee 7-1.
Emerging from a .216 slump was rookie Clint Hurdle of Kansas City (3-3). Hurdle had five doubles and six RBIs and hit .381. Another rookie, Rich Gale, improved his record to 4-0 as he throttled Boston 3-1 on two singles and, with relief help from Al Hrabosky, beat Minnesota 6-3. Amos Otis batted .474 and polished off the Yankees 10-9 with a ninth-inning double. Dennis Leonard, though, lost for the sixth time in his last seven starts as he continued to give up home runs. At his pace, Leonard, who has been tagged for 13 homers, will yield 60, far surpassing Robin Roberts' major league mark of 46.
Bobby Bonds, who had homered only twice for Chicago, was traded to Texas (4-4) for, essentially, Claudell Washington. Making himself right at home. Bonds promptly hit two homers for the Rangers. Three Rangers recorded seasonal firsts during a 4-2 win in Seattle: Doc Medich (a win), Paul Lindblad (a save) and Juan Beniquez (a homer). For the week, Beniquez drove in eight runs, and Jim Sundberg batted .394 and stretched his hitting streak to 20 games.
Washington, upset about being traded, did not join the White Sox (2-5) for four days. When he arrived, Washington said, "I overslept." Wide awake were Jorge Orta, who drove in three runs as Chicago trimmed California 9-6, and Eric Soderholm, who had three RBIs in a 6-2 win in Oakland.
Leon Roberts of Seattle (2-3) missed a squeeze-bunt sign, swung away and singled across the decisive run in the last of the ninth to down Texas 6-5. Centerfielder Ruppert Jones tied a major league record with 12 putouts in one game, four on dazzling catches. One ball Jones could not catch was a homer to rightfield by Lance Parrish in the 16th inning that gave the Tigers a 4-2 win.
OAK 23-14 CAL 21-15 KC 19-16 TEX 18-17 MINN 14-24 SEA 14-26 CHI 11-22
Several National Leaguers have also suddenly perked up. Tim McCarver, Dave Johnson, Jay Johnstone and Jerry Martin of Philadelphia (3-4), who had a total of 20 hits all season, came through with 15 last week. McCarver had six hits in nine at bats, four as the Phillies dumped the Mets 9-4. Johnson broke a 4-4 tie in that game with a two-run pinch single in the 11th. In his first game while subbing for slumping Greg Luzinski, Johnstone banged out four hits, and the Phillies beat the Astros 8-5 as Martin walloped a three-run pinch homer in the ninth.