Reggie Jackson of the Yankees (5-2) had an act for every occasion. After racing to first to avoid a double play in the ninth inning of a 6-6 game in Chicago, Jackson limped and rubbed the right thigh that has bothered him for weeks. Understandably, Sox Reliever Ed Farmer paid no mind to Jackson, who completed his caper and produced a 7-6 victory by stealing his first base of the season and using a fadeaway slide to score after Jim Spencer singled on the pitch following the theft. Three days later, after crumpling to the ground to elude an inside pitch from Minnesota's Geoff Zahn, Jackson arose and socked the next delivery into the seats as the Yankees and Tommy John (14-3) won 10-3. Jackson then brought down the curtain against the Royals and Paul Splittorff. Although he has had trouble hitting the lefty and still smarts from having been benched against him during a 1978 championship series game, Jackson had a homer, three singles and five RBIs against Splittorff and his relievers as New York romped 13-7. That gave Jackson 25 home runs, the most in either league, and 71 RBIs, the most in the American League.
Steve Stone of the Orioles (4-3) ran his record to 14-3. His 12th straight victory was a 10-4 laugher in Milwaukee during which Rick Dempsey drove in five runs. Dennis Martinez, with last-out help from Tippy Martinez, was a 1-0 victor over the Brewers. Baltimore won another nail-biter by beating Texas 8-7.
Robin Yount of the Brewers (3-5) got the good news while trudging to the dugout after apparently striking out against the White Sox: time had been called before the last pitch and he was still alive. Yount made the most of his reprieve by homering on the next delivery to help Moose Haas get his 10th victory, 5-1. Four days earlier, Yount propelled Milwaukee to a 6-4 triumph in Toronto with a three-run homer in the ninth. Five-hit pitching by Paul Mitchell and Bob McClure, plus three doubles by Gorman Thomas, who batted .516, took care of the Blue Jays 4-0. Larry Hisle, who missed most of last season after hurting his right shoulder, will have surgery for a torn rotator cuff on the same shoulder and won't be back until next year. In the last two seasons he has batted only 156 times.
Boston (3-4) also lost a player for the remainder of the season, Second Baseman Jerry Remy, who needs an operation for torn cartilage in his left knee. Remy's replacement, Dave Stapleton, homered in the 10th to give Mike Torrez a 1-0 victory over Minnesota.
Wayne Garland of the Indians (2-5) continued his comeback by beating the Angels 6-2. Len Barker also won in California, coming out on top 5-3 as he hurled a six-hitter for his ninth triumph.
As they had expected, the Tigers (4-2) have found a standout rookie centerfielder. But it's not Kirk Gibson, who's on the disabled list, or Dave Stegman, who's mostly on the bench. It's Rick Peters, who hit .522. Three shutout relief efforts led to Detroit victories: Roger Weaver's six scoreless innings disposed of Oakland 7-2; Aurelio Lopez locked up the first of two 5-3, 10-inning wins in Seattle with two runless innings, and Dave Rozema got credit for the other by not allowing a score over the final 5� innings.
Dave Stieb's ninth victory for the Blue Jays (3-4) was a nifty three-hit, 5-0 whitewashing of the Mariners, in which he was backed by four homers, two by John Mayberry. Stieb has yielded only one extra-base hit—a double—in his last four starts.
NY 58-30 MIL 49-40 DET 46-38 BALT 48-40 BOS 46-42 CLEV 41-45 TOR 37-49