Dennis Eckersley of the Red Sox (3-1) attributed his improved pitching to his wife. Rick Miller was able to attribute some of his success to another player's wife. "I'm a more settled person since I got married," said Eckersley, who got hitched two years ago. He stopped the Royals 7-3 for his 10th victory. As for Miller, he was a late replacement for Reid Nichols, who sped off to the hospital because his wife was giving birth to their first child. Miller's third hit that day, a three-run triple, broke a 2-2 tie as Boston beat K.C. 8-4. Dwight Evans kept up his hot streak with .375 hitting and six RBIs. Over his last 24 games Evans batted .352 and drove in 27 runs.
In the manner of Joe Page of the Yankees during the late '40s, Jim Slaton of the Brewers (5-0) came out of the bullpen by vaulting over a 10-foot-high fence. Summoned because Pete Vuckovich had been hit on his pitching hand by a liner, Slaton went the final 7? innings to stop Chicago 8-4. Milwaukee rallied for three wins, all of which were wrapped up by Rollie Fingers, who has 21 saves.
It was all part of a week in which the East was 24-5 against the West. Three home runs helped Toronto (4-0) defeat Texas 5-1. And Damaso Garcia's three steals and Joey McLaughlin's last-out relief helped Jim Clancy saddle the Rangers with a 6-0 loss.
Three consecutive three-homer games got Detroit (3-1) untracked in Minnesota. Lance Parrish hit one in each of those contests and batted .467 for the week. Others who padded their numbers were Lou Whitaker (.400) and Larry Herndon (nine RBIs).
Two-run homers were the winning ticket for the Yankees (4-0) against the A's. New York won 2-1 on such a blast in the eighth by Graig Nettles and prevailed 4-1 as Jerry Mumphrey and Bobby Murcer connected.
Six of 11 Indians (2-2) scored after drawing walks against the Angels, enabling the Tribe to overcome a 4-0 deficit and win 10-4.
Manager Earl Weaver of Baltimore (3-1), who hadn't been given the thumb all season, got it for the second and third times in eight days. That raised Weaver's career total to 84 ejections. Ken Singleton's seven ribbies finished off the Mariners 8-4 and 4-3, and gave him 59 in 57 career games against them.
MIL 53-35 BOS 52-37 BALT 47-39 DET 45-42 NY 43-42 CLEV 43-43 TOR 41-47