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Disabled since July 30 with a hairline fracture of his left wrist, Ron Jackson of California (2-3) returned in style. He socked a two-run homer to tie Toronto 3-3 and then knotted the game again at 4-4 with a two-out single in the eighth, before the Angels finally won 6-4. California thereby moved to within one game of Kansas City, and Jackson crowed, "Papa Jack is back."
The Royals (4-2) were desperate. Manager Whitey Herzog added sore-armed Steve Busby to the staff, admitting, "We're shooting dice with him." Centerfielder Amos Otis gambled on Kurt Bevacqua of the Rangers. After diving and trapping Bevacqua's single, Otis lay on the ground and lured Bevacqua into trying for second. Whereupon Otis sprang to his feet and threw him out. "We deked Dirty Kurt," said Otis. Herzog also pulled off a neat trick by berating his players for not stealing more. Hal McRae, Al Cowens and Otis responded by swiping a base apiece off Texas' Jim Sundberg, the league's best defensive catcher.
Undaunted, Texas (2-3) Manager Billy Hunter claimed, " Kansas City is worried about us. We're the team they fear." Showing nothing but mouth, the Rangers lost their seventh game in 11 meetings with lowly Toronto.
It was an equally tough week for Enrique Romo of Seattle (1-4). He blew chances to get his 11th save and 11th win, thanks in part to errors by First Baseman Danny Meyer. Then Romo was welcomed to New York by several toughs, who punched him and sprayed him with Mace.
The A's (2-3) were battling among themselves, just as the Oakland clubs of yore did. Manager Jack McKeon addressed the team and spoke of a growing cancer on the club. Feeling McKeon's words were meant for him, Pitcher Bob Lacey accused the manager of keeping him in a game when he was plainly off form. "Jack left me in to get roasted," Lacey claimed. "He's got a personal thing against me because of all the things I've said against him." Several players said Reliever Elias Sosa was protecting his tired arm in order to preserve his statistics (8-2, 2.60 ERA) for free-agent bargaining. Sosa himself said he had been waiting at the phone all week hoping owner Charlie Finley would sell him to a contender. "I am going on the free-agent market," he admitted. In addition to bickering, the A's showed traces of their old championship form, beating Boston twice at Fenway.
The White Sox (2-6) couldn't win for winning. Owner Bill Veeck pitched Chicago suburbanite Ross Baumgarten on a Sunday to beef up attendance. Baumgarten shut out Cleveland 6-0—but only 13,008 fans watched him. Minnesota won three of five, with part-time players Glenn Adams, who had a homer and a key single, and Rich Chiles, who clouted a home run, getting the big hits in the victories.
KC 72-61 CAL 72-63 TEX 66-66 OAK 64-72 MINN 59-76 CHI 56-79 SEA 50-83