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"Hoy-ya! Hoy-ya! Hoy-ya!" chanted Dave Rozema, waving a statue of a Polynesian war god over the Tigers' bat rack before a game against the Yankees. Pitchers can't win if batters don't give them runs, so after the Tigers (2-4) had batted .229 and scored just 13 runs while losing nine straight, the pitcher decided to try a bit of abracadabra. It didn't work; Detroit righthander Jack Morris took the loss, 3-2. Later, on the plane to Seattle, Rozema led everyone in a traditional gimme-a-T cheer. After all, he was pitching the next game himself. The Tiger bats produced just six hits and two runs but Rozema was looking out for himself. He held the Mariners to only two hits and no runs, and the losing streak was over. The next night the Tigers had seven doubles and as many runs to hand Seattle Pitcher Mike Parrott his 18th straight loss, one shy of the major league record.
Milwaukee (4-3) scored just six runs in three games with the Blue Jays, two of them losses. The Brewers went scoreless in a 14-inning game in which they got but three hits off five Toronto pitchers, and barely won a 12-inning game 4-3. "Hitting is the least of our worries," said Manager Buck Rodgers. It certainly wasn't in a subsequent 16-hit, 12-1 victory over California. What did worry the Brewers was losing Paul Molitor for a month because of a severely sprained ankle.
In their two wins over Milwaukee, the Jays (3-4) got two-run doubles from Barry Bonnell and Ken Macha, two home runs from Lloyd Moseby and one each from Jorge Bell and Willie Upshaw, and superb fielding from Moseby.
The Red Sox (0-7), in their worst slump since 1977, were outscored 50-8 (page 38). Cleveland (3-1) didn't have to worry about its hitting because the pitching was more than adequate. Having won nine of its last 11, the Indians were in first place by .048.
Ken Singleton's bat was about the only one the Orioles (5-2) needed. He had two singles, two doubles and the winning RBI in a 5-2 defeat of Chicago, the game-winning RBI in two other wins, and, after 18 games, a .514 on-base percentage, with 54 total bases in 60 at bats, and a .900 slugging percentage.
When Dave Winfield was in San Diego, he complained of having no players to support him. Now he's with the Yankees (5-2), a team loaded with stars. One of them hits just before the $20 Million Man in the batting order and plays to his left in the outfield. The player is none other than his former Padre teammate, Jerry Mumphrey. Last week Mumphrey outhit Winfield .385 to .308 and had two game-winning RBIs to Winfield's none. He has three homers for the year ( Winfield got his first last week), including a 10th-inning blast that beat Oakland 3-2 in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader. He got another hit and scored a run in the second game, which the Yanks won 2-0, as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games—the Yankees' longest since Mickey Rivers' 17-game streak in 1978. And he costs George Steinbrenner just $250,000 a year.
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Things are seldom quiet when Billy Martin is around, and last week was no exception as Billy Ball became Billy Brawl. One set-to began after Danny Ford of the Angels homered and Oakland (3-4) Catcher Mike Heath, suspecting cork, grabbed at his bat. Atypical of bench-clearers, real punches were thrown. A second confrontation took place following the game between Martin and Angels Coach Tom Morgan with Morgan ending up in a Martin headlock. When the dust had cleared the A's had their first losing week but still led defending AL champion Kansas City by 10� games. They surpassed their entire 1979 attendance with 319,099 in 11 home dates.