While California (page 12) won four of six, Kansas City lost seven straight (and 14 of its last 15 games), dropping 10 games off the pace, yet Coach Steve Boros was strangely mirthful. "I had a choice of coming here or going to a baseball clinic," he told a booster-club luncheon. "I chose to come here. Of course, the clinic was in Nicaragua." The Royal staff might have been there, too; it was shelled for 50 runs and 12 homers. The Royals have already given up 102 home runs; last year's total was 108.
Two unusual hot streaks continued. Seattle (3-3) took two of three from the Yankees. The Mariners have won 13 of 17 Kingdome games against New York. And the White Sox swept a three-game series with Texas; they have now won eight of their last 10 meetings with the Rangers.
Despite its Disco Inferno forfeit (page 10), Chicago took five of eight, getting two wins from rookie Pitcher Ross Baumgarten and a three-homer game from Claudell Washington. The White Sox capped a newsworthy week by signing expro Quarterback Bobby Douglass as a pitcher and sending him to their Iowa farm club. "He can throw a baseball 95 miles an hour," claimed Chicago Manager Don Kessinger after watching Douglass in practice. Texas managed to salvage a 4-3 week but again lost Pitcher Jon Matlack to the 21-day disabled list with elbow problems.
The surprising Twins stayed in the race by winning four of seven on the road, where they have the league's best (26-20) record. Mike Marshall saved two games, extended his league-leading total to 18 and kept his temper in check when Manager Gene Mauch bypassed him in a close game for Pete Red-fern, who recorded the save.
The unsurprising A's lost five of six and reached the All-Star break with baseball's worst record (25-68). The team is hitting .233 and the pitchers, featuring onetime All-Star Matty Keough (0-11), have an earned run average of 5.03—also the worst in the majors. Who could fault the fans at Oakland Coliseum for cheering on the visiting Red Sox? Indeed, the closest thing to a hero the A's could muster all week was rookie Rickey Henderson, who broke up two no-hitters with singles.
CAL 54-38 TEX 52-38 MINN 47-41 KC 43-47 CHI 41-49 SEA 40-53 OAK 25-68