When his sinker isn't sinking, Bob Stanley of the Red Sox (5-2) is sunk. Stanley, who early in the season struggled to stay afloat, has been so effective recently that during his last 21? innings he has allowed only one run.
Another outstanding performance out of the bullpen was turned in by Ross Grimsley of the Orioles (3-3), who pitched 7? innings of shutout ball. A seven-run ninth made Grimsley a 9-2 winner in California. Relievers Dave Rozema and Elias Sosa of Detroit (2-3) combined for 5? shutout innings as Detroit beat the Rangers 4-3 and 6-4. Three scoreless innings each by Joey McLaughlin and Roy Lee Jackson of Toronto (3-2) sealed victories over Kansas City. Reliever Jim Slaton of the Brewers (5-2) allowed only one run in 12 innings while winning two games and saving another.
Two of the division's players underwent surgery last week. Cleveland's Bert Blyleven had an operation on torn muscle tissue in his right arm and is through for the season. New York's Doyle Alexander had a minor operation on his right pinkie, which he broke when he punched a dugout wall after pitching poorly. The Indians (4-2) hit seven doubles while beating the Angels 6-5 and amassed 34 hits as they defeated the A's 15-6 and 14-2. Owner George Steinbrenner continued to shake up the Yankees (2-4), trading Dave Revering and minor league Infielder Jeff Reynolds to the Blue Jays for John Mayberry.
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"If and when we ever break this thing [a 12-game losing streak], I'm going to celebrate by doing what I've been doing every night of the streak," said Manager Don Zimmer of the Rangers (1-5). "I'll go home, have a bowl of Puffed Rice—on this diet I can't even have Rice Krispies—with bananas and Sweet 'n Low, and go to bed." That night Zimmer sent Doc Medich, who had a 12.46 ERA, against Boston. Although the Red Sox reached Medich for 10 hits and got two more off Reliever Danny Darwin, they couldn't score. Bobby Johnson of Texas, who hadn't had a hit in six at bats before that night, homered in the fifth for an improbable 1-0 victory.
Conversely, Chicago (5-0) made winning seem almost easy. Relievers had three saves and a win, and Reliever-turned-Starter Lamarr Hoyt ran his record to 6-0 by beating Detroit 8-5 as Jim Morrison homered twice, Greg Luzinski once and former Tiger Ron LeFlore stole three bases. That was one of three three-homer games by the White Sox, who moved into first place, percentage points in front of California (3-3). Don Aase picked up a win and a save for the Angels, whose attack sputtered until Don Baylor had four RBIs during a 7-2 defeat of the Orioles.
A puny offense also beat the Twins (1-6), who didn't score more than three runs in any game. Three runs, though, were enough for Roger Erickson, who with relief aid from Doug Corbett held off Boston 3-2.
Oakland starting pitchers went the route 58% of the time last season, but this year they have completed only 36% of their games. Last week the A's (3-3) had just one route-going performance, by Matt Keough, who despite giving up seven hits and seven walks, throwing a wild pitch and making two errors was a 5-2 winner in New York.