Clipped From The Akron Beacon Journal
WHEN STEVE CARLTON was released by Minnesota Wednesday, not only didn't he talk to reporters, he left Ihe ballpark without speaking lo his teammates. "Steve still thinks he can pitch in the big leagues," said his friend Jim Kaat, who pitched lor the Twins and now broadcasts Iheir games. "I'm sure heU go home and make calls lo other teams." Since his last winning winning season in 1984. Carlton ts 16-40 16-40 16-40 with a 4 92 earned-run earned-run earned-run average. This year with Minnesota, he was 0-1 0-1 0-1 with a 16.76 ERA. "If you say. 'I'm going lo play as long as I can,' then you're not going to leave the game on yout own terms." Kaal said. . . . Before winning Friday night. Ihe Orioles' 21-game 21-game 21-game losing streak actually extended lo Ihe last live games ol spring training, making il 26 games altogether. Hilling has been Baltimore's big problem. During Ihe streak, the Orioles were In double figures In hits just three times and were outscored 129-44. 129-44. 129-44.