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THE WEEK (July 15-21)
Jim Kaplan
July 30, 1979
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July 30, 1979

The Week (july 15-21)

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In the seventh inning of a game at humid Fenway Park, Seattle Pitching Coach Wes Stock suggested that starter Mike Parrott change his soaked jersey. Parrott said no, he didn't want to jinx himself. Whereupon Stock offered up the shirt off his back. Parrott accepted it and went on to beat the Red Sox 8-0. "I'm going to start the next three games in his sweat shirt," said Parrott, who earlier won three while wearing Glenn Abbott's pants. All told, Seattle had a 2-2 week.

With strong hitting from Milt May (.533), Lamar Johnson (.357), Ralph Garr (.333) and Jorge Orta (.500), the White Sox won three of five, the three being a series with Texas. Chicago won 11 of 13 games with Texas this year. The Rangers (1-4) avoided a winless week when Jim Kern pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation and saved Doc Medich's 4-1 win over the Royals. It was one of two such opportunities the Royals (2-2) wasted. Manager Whitey Herzog had plenty of reasons to quaff half a gallon of scotch he received from the Kansas City chapter of the Baseball Writers Association for being "the most honest, most cooperative and most forthright individual we have ever dealt with in any sport."

Normally powerless Minnesota (4-1) exploded for eight home runs. Even Bombo Rivera got one. Attempting to poke a single to right, he homered to left, beating Toronto 4-3. Typifying California's frustrating 2-3 week, Jim Barr needed only 92 pitches to go the distance against Baltimore but lost 2-1. There was dissension in the Oakland (1-3) week. Mario Guerrero took himself out of the lineup, complaining that he had hurt his arm pitching batting practice the weekend before the All-Star break. "Nobody told him to pitch batting practice," snapped Manager Jim Marshall, "if that's what he did."

CAL 56-41 TEX 53-42 MINN 51-42 KC 45-49 CHI 44-51 SEA 42-55 OAK 26-71

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The Orioles (4-1) placed Jim Palmer on the 21-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his right elbow, but kept winning. Dennis Martinez started the week by four-hitting Seattle 6-1. Then, in a possible playoff preview, the Orioles took three of four from California—beating the Angels 3-0 behind Mike Flanagan, 2-1 on Scott McGregor's complete game and Rich Dauer's broken-bat single, and 10-2 behind Sammy Stewart.

Old Timers' Day again brought out the craziness in the Yankees (2-2). The week of last year's game, Manager Billy Martin was fired and rehired, supposedly for 1980. This year's exhibition was preceded by the resignation of club president Al Rosen, whose duties had been curtailed after Martin was brought back in June. Reggie Jackson had this to say: "He [ Rosen] was a good guy who busted his butt and got tired of taking bull from [owner George] Steinbrenner. George thinks he can buy anyone." Jackson exonerated his longtime nemesis, Martin, however, and for once Martin was in agreement. "Al's role changed before I came back," said Martin, "and anything that says it was done to accommodate me is a stone lie." There was no denying the Yankees' desperate straits—they were 11� games out after kicking away a game to the lowly A's by committing three costly errors.

As Boston (2-2) fell 3� games back, Milwaukee took three straight to remain in contention. Sixto Lezcano homered on three consecutive days, two being game-winners, and Moose Haas and Jim Slaton threw shutouts. Feeding on easy fish, the Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games—four against Cleveland and four against Toronto. The hopeless Blue Jays (0-5) were running up streaks of another kind—shut out for the 11th time of the season, beaten in extra innings for the seventh, losing for the 15th time in their last 16 trips to the unfriendly confines of Milwaukee's County Stadium.

In a 3-1 week Detroit profited from the alertness of Ron LeFlore, who saw no one covering home and scored from second on a bunt against the White Sox. Cleveland was three-hit by the Brewers' Haas in a dismal 1-3 week. The only consoling news was that the Indians were awarded the 1981 All-Star Game.

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