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Wallis, Armas, Page, Dilone, Revering, Duncan, Burke, Newman, Edwards and Picciolo. Recognize any of these names? They are, of course, Oakland A's—or some of them—baseball's most surprising and most resilient team, which won five out of six to climb back to within two games of first place.
Texas (3-3) clings to that spot, thanks to a 6-3 victory over the Angels' Frank Tanana before a crowd of 41,632 on Saturday. The game was so precious to the Rangers that they used starter Jon Matlack, who had two-hit the Angels a week before, in relief of winner Doc Medich. California (4-3) was encouraged by the resurgence of Outfielder Lyman Bostock, the $2.3 million free agent acquisition who batted only .049 in April. Bostock's season average was up to .286 after he hit .404 for the month of June.
Shortstop Roy Smalley of Minnesota (3-2) had a banner week against the White Sox. Smalley had two doubles and two homers—one a grand slam—in a doubleheader sweep of Chicago, then two more hits on Saturday as the Twins drubbed the White Sox 10-0 to spoil the managerial debut of Larry Doby. Now 53, Doby in 1947 was the first black to play in the American League. Obscured by the Sox' troubles was the blazing bat of Second Baseman Jorge Orta, who hit .500.
Seattle (3-4) rapped nine homers, including two each by Bob Robertson, Leon Roberts and Bob Stinson. Stinson's grand slammer, the first in his 17-year career, including the minors, beat Chicago 9-7. Alas, the Mariners gave up 49 runs during the week.
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Even after a winning surge that carried Milwaukee (6-1) past Baltimore and New York and into second place, Brewer star Larry Hisle wasn't convinced that Milwaukee's rivals were properly impressed. "When I was playing for the Twins last year," Hisle said, "and we'd come into Milwaukee for a three-game series, we always had the feeling we'd win at least two games. I don't think we've quite convinced other teams yet that it's different this year. I want to make believers out of them."
Hisle, a sometime outfielder, sometime designated hitter and full-time slugger, is doing his best. Last week he had one 3-for-3 night and two four-hit games, raised his home-run total to 15 and his RBI mark to 50. What's more, when Hisle went hitless in a twin bill with the Yankees, his teammates were so hot they swept both games.