For the Twins, the play made this the third straight year that they've pulled off a TP—over that span there have been only nine other triple plays in the majors—and third baseman Gary Gaetti and first baseman Kent Hrbek have been involved in all three. For Cerone, it was the second time in his career that he has grounded into one of these suckers; he also did it against the Orioles in 1978.
"The play gave me the grand chill deluxe," Gaetti said. "I wasn't thinking about a triple play. I was thinking about an out. But the outs just kept on coming."
"I hit the ball hard," Cerone said. "You have to hit the ball hard to wind up in a triple play. I know."
Since June 1, the Tigers' Jack Morris, whose temper has earned him the nickname Mount Morris, is 2-5 with a 6.55 ERA. Since June 29, he's 0-3 with an 8.86 ERA. And after Morris blew his cool over some ball and strike calls during his latest effort, a 10-6 loss to the White Sox, he got ripped—by his own pitching coach, Roger Craig.
"He's acting like a little baby," said Craig, who has been one of Morris's biggest boosters. "Obviously, he has a lot of growing up to do. He has to pitch better and act more like a man. It's upsetting to the entire club when he does something like that."
Brewer manager Rene Lachemann has picked up a new nickname, Captain Nemo. "I don't really like it," says Lach, "but it's kind of funny, and so far it's true." The Brewers, at last gurgle, were 24 games out and still sinking.... Angel coach Jimmie Reese had a choice last week: He could have either the bat or the ball from Reggie Jackson's 493rd home run, which tied him with Lou Gehrig. Reese, who's 78 and played with Gehrig, chose the bat. "You catch up to a guy like Gehrig," Reese said, "you almost become a legend yourself."...Mariner Alvin Davis is a near lock for American League Rookie of the Year, and teammate Mark Langston, another newcomer from Class AA, has quietly become one of the better lefties in the league. He's 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA and 87 Ks in his 80? innings, and he has won six of his last 10 decisions....