Cleveland's 4-3 week was overshadowed by the bad manners of club president Gabe Paul. He had leaked to the press and whoever else would listen the news that Bob Lemon was to be the next Cleveland manager. But Lemon declined. Paul then said Jeff Torborg, the incumbent, was his manager—for now. But Torborg rose up and announced that he was quitting at the end of the season, saying, "I don't want my players to think that when they lose a game they are costing me my job." The Indians rallied behind their manager and won four of the next six games.
Toronto, splitting six games, languished 28� behind Baltimore.
BAL 54-29 BOS 51-30 MIL 47-37 NY 47-38 DET 40-40 CLEV 38-44 TOR 27-59
More than the other three divisions, this one promises late-season excitement. For the moment it is the Angels and Rangers seesawing in and out of the lead. Both teams took advantage of Baltimore's decline last week. California (6-1), led by Bobby Grich, Don Baylor and Joe Rudi, batted .330 and scored 59 runs, nearly twice as many as Texas and 44 more than last year's division-champion Royals. They won two games from the Orioles, three from the A's and one from the Royals. The Rangers (4-2) triumphed on pitching, as they made it 12 victories in their last 14 games. Steve Comer shut out Baltimore on Monday night, Fergie Jenkins did likewise the next night on a one-hitter, during which he had 10 strikeouts, and on Saturday, Doc Medich, pressed into duty as a starter when Jon Matlack developed a sore elbow, combined with Jim Kern, who picked up his 15th save, for another one-hit shutout. And when rookie Danny Darwin allowed five runs on Wednesday, the Rangers rode to the rescue with 15 hits and nine runs for another win.
No wonder Steve Busby of the Royals (1-5) had a fainting spell. After losing to the Red Sox one night and then, on the next, seeing his team blow a game on a two-out homer in the bottom of the ninth, the righthander keeled over and was carried out of the park on a stretcher. "He's O.K.," said Red Sox trainer Charlie Moss. "He just didn't have much pep." Neither did his teammates. All except Willie Wilson, who has 37 stolen bases and can beat out any bunt he lays down. Said Sox Manager Don Zimmer: "I played with Willie Davis and I thought he was the fastest I'd ever seen, but this guy's feet never touch the ground."
At the beginning of the season, Gene Mauch praised his Twins (4-4) pitching staff as the best he has had in 20 years of managing in the big leagues. But it is the Twins bats that have carried the team the first half, with a league-leading team average of .292, while the team ERA is 4.35. Jerry Koosman got his 10th win on a four-hitter last week for his 150th career victory. Chicago (3-3) and Seattle (3-5) fell further behind. Oakland (2-6) outlasted the Rangers in a 13-12, 15-inning marathon that produced 50 hits, eight shy of the league record, but dropped 3� games further into the cellar. They are currently at .276, 26� games back, and have a shot at another record: worst winning percentage in baseball history.
CAL 50-36 TEX 48-35 MINN 43-38 KC 43-40 CHI 36-46 SEA 37-50 OAK 24-63