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Chet Lemon homered twice and drove in all the Tiger runs as Detroit (4-3) beat Seattle 3-2. Lemon hit another dinger in a 3-1 win over the Mariners for Jack Morris (14-11). Four round-trippers by Dave Winfield and .400 hitting by Ken Griffey bolstered the Yankees (5-2).
MIL 72-50 BOS 66-56 BALT 64-57 DET 62-60 NY 61-60 CLEV 59-60 TOR 59-65
Instead of the usual nameplate above Luis Tiant's locker, there's a sign that reads: B.C.? Surely, Tiant isn't that old even if his birth date, which he insists is Nov. 23, 1940, is a bit dubious. Whatever his age, the venerable Tiant continued to give the Angels (5-2) a lift in their battle for the divisional lead with the Royals (page 22). After fanning eight Red Sox in eight innings and winning 10-2, Tiant had a 2-1 record, 2.95 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 18 innings during his latest comeback. California also got a charge out of its 13 home runs, Rod Carew's .500 hitting and Fred Lynn's 10 RBIs. Tiant was backed by five homers, as was Geoff Zahn (14-5), who defeated Oakland 8-4 and Detroit 13-1.
Lacking such fence-busters, Manager Billy Martin of the A's (4-3) tried to knock down some walls himself—in the clubhouse. Although the second of two 10-6 losses to Milwaukee in three days ended at 4 p.m., Martin didn't leave the park until midnight, taking out his frustrations by pounding on the walls. He showed up the next day with three injured fingers swathed in bandages. "I'm getting smarter," said the man who once decked a marshmallow salesman. "I finally hit something that can't sue me."
Rene Lachemann of Seattle (1-6) was another manager with cause to be upset: 10 of his players were injured or ill. The unkindest cut of all was the one suffered by Third Baseman Dave Edler, who needed five stitches in his right ear after being struck by a bad-hop grounder. And despite holding the Brewers without a homer for two days, the Mariners lost 6-5 and 3-2.
There were groans in Chicago (2-5), too. Britt Burns (13-4) was sidelined by a strained shoulder. And there was a painful 4-3 setback to the Rangers after the White Sox, who were within one strike of losing, tied the game 1-1 and went in front 3-1 in the 11th. Dave Hostetler of Texas (2-4) spoiled that rally with a three-run homer—his 22nd—in the bottom of the 11th to jolt the Sox 4-3. Buddy Bell had a .435 week at the plate.
After being 0-10 in extra-inning contests, Minnesota (3-3) finally won one. A two-out, two-run double in the ninth by Dave Engle pulled the Twins into a 4-4 tie with the Orioles, who then went ahead 5-4 in the 10th. Down but not out of it, Minnesota prevailed 6-5 when Kent Hrbek doubled in a run and then scored on Mickey Hatcher's single' in the bottom of the 10th. Bobby Castillo struck out 10 as he breezed past Baltimore 9-3 with the aid of home runs by Gary Ward (his 21st), Gary Gaetti (20th) and Tom Brunansky, whose 16th was part of his .455 week.
KC 70-53 CAL 71-52 CHI 65-57 SEA 59-64 OAK 56-69 TEX 48-72 MINN 43-80
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