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Herb Score , fastballing young Cleveland southpaw, fanned nine Washington Senators, brought total for season to 235, set new major league strikeout record for rookie. Old mark: 227 by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911.
OSCA announced streamlined prototype of stock 1956 MT 4, owned by James Simpson Jr. of Wadsworth, Ill. and driven by veteran racers Tony Bettenhausen of Tinley Park, Ill. and Marshall Lewis of Round Lake, Ill., broke 15 world records, 52 U.S. standards in recent speed runs on western Utah's salt flats.
Spain's chubby but fit Francisco Franco battled 710-pound tuna on Bimini King rod and No. 39 line for more than hour in waters off La Coru�a, finally boated monster to set tackle record for biggest fish ever caught in Spain, ordered prize to be divided among charitable institutions in region.
New York Yankees picked up pennant scent, swept three straight from "relaxed" Boston while fading Cleveland bowed three times to charged-up Detroit , moved two full games ahead of Indians as tense American League race headed into final week. Despite injuries to Mickey Mantle, Bill Skowron and Phil Rizzuto, Yankee old pros got smell of World Series money in sensitive nostrils, came from behind to edge Red Sox 5-4 on ninth-inning home runs by clutch-hitting Hank Bauer and banged-up Yogi Berra , won second game 4-1 with-help of sparkling four-hit pitching of rejuvenated 35-year-old Tommy Byrne , took third 3-2 behind seven-inning hitless relief job by sophomore Bob Grim . Meanwhile gloom settled in Cleveland and fans booed as Detroit's Steve Gromek relieved injured Billy Hoeft in fourth inning, got even with former Indian teammates by pitching 3-0 shutout; fastballing Frank Lary outhurled veteran Bob Lemon to win 3-1. Real crusher was 10-3 trouncing administered by Tigers, who got timely slugging from Outfielder Al Kaline , league's leading hitter, and superb pitching from bonus rookie Bob Miller in final game of set.
Chicago White Sox , all but eliminated from chase, split four with eighth-place Baltimore , lost two of three to sixth-place Kansas City , fell five games behind front-running Yankees. Baltimore took four in row from Washington, moved out of cellar for first time this season into seventh-place tie with Senators, spoiled chances for American League record.
Brooklyn Dodgers , with National League flag safely tucked away, went into tailspin, lost five straight before knocking off New York Giants 4-3, then split next two with 1954 champions 5-8, 7-5. New York's Willie Mays got home-run range, banged two against Milwaukee (who clinched second place), three against Dodgers to take over league leadership with 48, led Cincinnati's strongboy Ted Kluszewski by two. Philadelphia took three of four from Chicago and Pittsburgh, drew within one game of third-place New York.