Manager Don Zimmer broke up a "love affair" and strained an old friendship as Boston (4-2) climbed into a tie for first place. After Zimmer persuaded struggling Bob Stanley to get rid of the changeup that Stanley said he "fell in love with" during spring training, the righthander went back to his trusty sinkerball, fanned a career-high seven and coasted past Chicago 11-1. The Red Sox then won twice over Kansas City and Zimmer's childhood pal. Manager Jim Frey. The two grew up together in Cincinnati, double-dating and playing on a national championship American Legion team. Jack Brohamer's 11th-inning RBI single, the first Boston pinch hit in nine tries this season, led to a 6-5 victory in the first K.C. game. Chuck Rainey shut out the Royals 7-0 the next day as the Sox pounded out 16 hits, including four each by Carlton Fisk and rookie Third Baseman Glenn Hoffman, three by Tony Perez and a double by Jim Rice, who had been in an 0-for-18 slump. For the week, Fisk hit .478, Perez .444. The Red Sox' bullpen, which has long been suspect, showed signs of shaping up, even though Bill Campbell was still on the disabled list. Lefthander Tom Burgmeier hurled 4? innings of strong relief against the White Sox to nail down a 4-3 triumph, and Skip Lock-wood beat the Royals by tossing three innings of one-hit ball.
Neither rain nor mud could keep New York (4-1) from also gaining a share of first place. After rain washed away a 4-1 fourth-inning lead in Baltimore, the Yankees stormed back the next night, sloshing through mud puddles for a 4-3 victory. Reggie Jackson, who had a homer wiped away the night before, hit one that counted this time and pounded another against Minnesota. After Baltimore had beaten New York on the third night of the soggy series, Oriole Shortstop Mark Belanger said, "I was hoping I wouldn't fall because I can't swim." Tommy John was a two-time winner, beating Chicago 1-0 with 17 groundouts and defeating the Twins 7-3.
Milwaukee (3-1) tied a league night-game record by slugging seven home runs, among them two apiece by Ben Oglivie and Sal Ban-do, while drubbing Cleveland 14-1. Oglivie, who batted .533 and had nine RBIs for the week, hit another homer as the Brewers beat the White Sox 4-1. Mike Caldwell provided a second win in Chicago, 8-0.
When Baltimore (2-3) lost 3-2 in Texas it was the team's seventh defeat in eight one-run decisions. Both Oriole victories were built around big innings and were saved by Reliever Tim Stoddard. A six-run second inning did in the Yankees 7-4 and a five-run eighth overtook the Rangers 7-5.
Toronto's first "Hoghead Award," a maroon cap with pink horns, went to rookie Manager Bobby Mattick for turning in the wrong lineup card before facing Milwaukee. After Roy Howell of the Blue Jays (3-3) walked in the first, Otto Velez was called out for batting out of turn. But no harm was done because, with the lineup corrected, the Jays bombed the Brewers 8-2. Toronto beat an old nemesis and got its second victory over a lefthander in eight decisions by routing Cleveland's Rick Waits 8-3. Waits had beaten the Blue Jays six times in a row. Pacing that victory was Barry Bonnell, who snapped out of an 0-for-14 batting slump at home with a single, a double, a homer and six RBIs. Second Baseman Damaso Garcia had only five hits, but four were doubles, making him the league leader with nine for the season.
Catcher Lance Parrish drove in five of his league-leading 19 runs as Detroit (2-3) upended Texas 5-4 in 10 innings.
"No shave until a save," chanted hirsute Reliever Sid Monge of Cleveland (3-2), who had been a flop in his early-season outings. Later that night, Monge worked two shutout innings to save a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays—and then got out his razor. Mike Hargrove, who drove in both Indian runs in that game, had seven RBIs during the week.
BOS 11-9 NY 11-9 MIL 9-8 TOR 10-9 BALT 8-12 CLEV 7-11 DET 7-13