I Twins slip past Royals, 6-5 BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (UPI) The Minnesota Twins' pitching staff should file for overtime pay. On Thursday night> rookie Roger Erickson got the call and carried the Twins to a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over the Kansas City Royals. "We've had better pitching than anyone had a right to expect over this tough stretch," said Minnesota Manager Gene Mauch, referring to the team's 10 games in the last seven days. "We should be all right now with Dave Goltz coming back and maybe Mike Marshall will recover sooner than expected." Goltz and Marshall have been nursing injuries. Erickson allowed eight hits in 10 innings Thursday night when the Twins won on Dan Ford's lOth-inning single. "I was a little rough the first inning," said Erickson, who allowed three runs in the first inning. "Except for a few pitches I'd like to have back, things went pretty well." It was the longest stint for a Minnesota pitcher this season. Kansas City Manager Whitey Herzog is looking to return home after a road trip in which the Royals dropped six of 10. "We'll only be home for the weekend and I wish it would be longer but it will be good to get back," said Herzog. The Royals face the Texas Rangers in a weekend series. Herzog protested that Erickson was balking on his delivery. Erickson has picked off seven runners at first base this season. "He balks every time," Herzog said. "But the umpires aren't going to do anything about it. I just want them to know what I think." The Royals tied the score 5-5 with Behind the tag St. Louis Cardinals' Roger Freed is partially hidden behind Atlanta Braves' Dale Murphy as he slides safely back into first base. Umpire John Kibler keeps a close eye on the play. The Cardinals stopped Atlanta, 4-3. (UPI Photo) In Wesfchesfer golf Jaeckel grabs one-shot lead (Scores, Page 14) HARRISON, N.Y. (UPI) - After Jim Albus, a local pro at a nearby golf course, shot a 5-under-par 66 to take the early first-round lead Thursday in the $300,000 Westchester Golf Classic, he admitted he was nervous finding his name in front of some of the best players in the world. ,"I got more tight as the round went along," said Albus, a 38-year-old appearing in his first event on the summer tour, courtesy of a local exemption. "It's not hard to get overwhelmed when you see your name up there with all the big shots." '. Albus was referring, of course, to the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. He definitely was not thinking of Barry Jaeckel, a 29-year-old who is only slightly more famous than Albus himself. But while Albus was off to the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley to give a golf lesson, Jaeckel snatched the lead away, going 6-under-par 65 to move one stroke in front at the end of the first round. ., Nicklaus led a group of six two strokes behind Jaeckel at 67, while John Mahaffey, winner of the last two • tournaments including the PGA championship, was in a group of seven at 3- under 68. Fourteen players came in at 69 and 20 finished at 1-under 70. Up a tree Bruce Lietzke has to chip shot from behind a small tree during first round of Westchester Classic. Lietzke fired a first-round 72. (UPI Photo) Whitworth, Post ahead by a shot two runs in the eighth when Al Cowens tripled in pinch runner Willie Wilson. Wilson was running for Pete Lacock, who had singled to drive in Darrell Porter. Porter doubled with one out. Three of the first four Royals' batters scored in the first inning. Steve Braun led off with a walk, advanced to third on Hal McRae's double and scored on a groundout by George Brett. Porter singled in McRae and, after a walk, Lacock singled in Porter. The Twins came back with four in their half of the inning on an RBI double by Ford, a run-scoring single by Roy Smalley and a two-run double by Butch Wynegar. (Scores, Page 14) DEARBORN, Mich. (UPI) The spectators may be annoyed because Nancy Lopez came up lame, but it sure doesn't bother the golfers. "More money for us," is the consensus of the participants in the $150,000 LPGA tournament at Dearborn Country Club, led by veteran Kathy Whitworth and Sandra Post after the first round. Whitworth and Post each shot 3- urider 69s Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Sue Roberts and Sharon Miller. Another stroke back were Patty Hayes and Debbie v Massey while five KANSAS CITY abr h bi MINNESOTA ab r h bl Braun II McRae dh Brett 3b Porter c Hurdle rl LaCock Ib Wilson pr Wathan Ib Cowens cf Patek ss Washngtn2b Gura p Hrabosky p Totals 4 5 4 5 3 4 0 0 4 4 4 0 0_ 37 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0_ i 0 1 0 3 0 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 0_ I 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 s Norwood It Carew Ib Ford cf Kuslckdh Smalley ss Wynegar c Randall 2b Wolfe 3b Rivera rf Erickson p Totals 000 I 2 0 5 2 3 2 3100 4122 4012 4010 3000 4110 0000 37 6 10 6 Kansas City 300 000 020 0-5 Minnesota 401 000 000 1-6 Two out when winning run scored DP — Kansas City I, Minnesota 2. LOB — Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4. 2B — McRae, Ford, Wynegar, Porter. 3B — Ford. IP H R ER BB SO Gura (L10-3) 9*1 9 6 6 2 3 Hrabosky 01000 0 Erickson (W13-7) 10 8 5 5 4 3 Hrabosky pitched to 1 batter In 10th. Royals will be at home during the stretch run KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals will be glad to get home Friday for a three-game set against the Texas Rangers. The Rangers' series marks the only home games in a 19-game stretch for the Royals. Kansas City finished its longest trip of the season, a 10-game swing through four cities, Thursday at Minnesota. Following the three games with Texas, the Royals go to Chicago for three games then to Texas for three more. But the long road trip does give the V Royals one advantage. Beginning on Aug. 28, during the home stretch, the Royals have 21 of their final 34 games at home, where they have a 39-18 record this year. The Rangers' series start with a night game Friday followed by day games both Saturday and Sunday. Here are the games remaining on the Royals' schedule: AUGUSTUS, 19,20 - Texas; 22, 23, 24 - at Chicago; 25, 26, 27 — at Texas; 28, 29, 30 — Chicago; SEPTEMBER:), 2, 3 — Detroit; 4, 5, 6 — at Oakland; 8, 9 (DH), 10 — at California; 11, 12, 13, 14 — Oakland; 15, 16, 17 - California; 18, 19 - at Seattle; 20, 21 - Milwaukee; 22 (DH), 23, 24 - at Minnesota; 25, 26, 27 - Seattle; 29, 30 - Minnesota; OCTOBER:) — Minnesota. Zdeb sent to Omaha KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - The Kansas City Royals optioned outfielder Joe Zdeb to Omaha Thursday to make room on the roster for right-handed relief pitcher Steve Foucault who was acquired on waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Foucault already has reported to the Royals in Minnesota and was placed on the roster for Thursday night's game against the Twins. Foucault had appeared in 24 games with the Tigers this season and had a 24 record with four saves and a 3.38 ERA. Joe Zdeb Over the top Zdeb was hitting .252 in 52 games with no homers and 11 runs batted in. Minnesota Twins' second baseman Bob Randall goes high to avoid slide by Kansas City Royals' Pete LaCock. Randall completed his double play throw in the first inning but the Twins needed 10 innings to stop the Royals, 6-5, Thursday night. (UPI Photo) r clash again SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (UPI) — If it were not for Alydar's courage and persistence, Affirmed, like Seattle Slew before him, would now be an undefeated Triple Crown winner. In his remarkable career, the golden colt has 15 victories in his 17 starts, with earnings of $812,485 this year alone. Should he win Saturday's $100,000-added Travers Stakes, he would pass Secretariat's single-season earnings record of $860,404. But, as always, the lone thing standing between Affirmed and his goal is Alydar. The copper-colored Calumet colt is the only horse to have defeated Affirmed, beating him twice last year — in the prestigious Champagne and also in the Great American Stakes — and remaining close enough in seven other starts so that in nine miles of racing, Affirmed's winning margin is only three lengths. The 1'/4-mile Travers — also known as the Midsummer Derby — marks the two colts' first meeting since Affirmed outdueled Alydar for an entire mile to win the Belmont on June 10. The New York Racing Association anticipates a record crowd for the rematch; hotel rooms are scarcer than losing tickets on Affirmed, and the people around the Ready to run Exercise rider Graham Bell puts Alydar through a workout in preparation for Saturday's two rivals are as confident as ever regarding their charges' ability. Affirmed favored Affirmed is rated the slight favorite (4-5) over Alydar (even) because of his clash with Affirmed in the Travers Stakes. (UPI Photo) three victories in the Triple Crown series this year, while the other two entrants — Nasty And Bold and Shake Shake Shake — are at 6-1 and 15-1 on the morning line. Those latter odds are expected to go even higher by post time of 4:42 p.m. in the nationally televised race. "I don't want to take anything away from Seattle Slew, but Affirmed won the Triple Crown over a horse who would have been a Triple Crown winner in another year," said Patrice Wolfson, who owns the horse with her husband Lou. Affirmed, undefeated in eight starts this year, comes off a dramatic prep race for the Travers, defeating Sensitive Prince by a half-length in the Jim Dandy after falling more than 10 lengths off the pace last Tuesday. Cauthen won't ride The only possible drawback is that Steve Cauthen, injured last week in a spill, will not ride Affirmed as he has in seven starts this year. Instead, Laffit Pincay Jr. will fly in from California to handle the colt as he has done twice before, in winning the Santa Anita Derby by eight lenghths this year and the Hollywood Juvenile Championship by seven last year. Alydar, in spite of his record against Affirmed, may yet go off as the betting as well as sentimental favorite with the crowd at Saratoga because of his two impressive victories after the Belmont — one by 13 lengths in the Arlington Classic, and the other by 10 lengths in the Whitney at Saratoga Aug. 5. Unlike Affirmed, he will be ridden by his regular jockey, Jorge Velasquez. Kuhn eyes inter-league play by 1980 golfers were at par 72. The second richest tournament on the tour drew 17,750 fans for the Pro-Am and the first round, and the lure of the $?.2,500 first prize has brought one of the better fields on the tour. Lopez withdraws But Lopez, an eight-time winner and the wealthiest of this year's women golfers with more than $150,000 in earnings, was forced to withdraw before the opening round because of a right arm and shoulder that was so sore it prevented her from using a driver. The No. 2 money winner on the tour, JoAnne Carner, couldn't make it because of a severe cold. NEW YORK (UPI) - A three-divisional lineup in both major leagues with at least some inter- league play is "realistically possible" in 1980, Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn said Thursday in an effort to clarify the action taken by clubowners during their summer meeting in St. Louis. Kuhn said that both the National and American Leagues agreed to create a committee to study the possibility of divisional and inter-league play and added, "I believe it was a significant move." Bowie Kuhn Kuhn said the committee, whose members haven't been named, will have a budget enabling it to "retain outside advisors for financial advice and to study public sentiment regarding three divisions and-or inter-league play." Asked if it would be possible to complete the study before the clubowners' winter meeting next December, Kuhn said three-divisional play with inter- league play could occur "technically for 1979 but more realistically for 1980." Reporters covering the meetings in St. Louis understood National League president Chub Feeney to have ruled out inter-league play. But Kuhn said Feeney was replying to a direct question whether there could be three-divi- sional play without inter-league play. He said one could be done without the other but that didn't mean Feeney was ruling out the possibility of both being done. "Frankly I don't know where we are going," Kuhn said. "I have always favored some form of inter-league play — that's not news — but if I had to cast the deciding vote right now I don't know what I would do." Kuhn said the 1979 winter meeting will be held in Toronto and that the National League has adopted a proposal that players' names go on the back of road uniforms. Stones loses first round in AAU battle LOS ANGELES (UPI) - A Superior Court judge has refused to reinstate Dwight Stones in the AAU pending trial of the high jumper's suit claiming that the organization illegally monopolizes amateur athletics. Stones, 24, filed suit last month after he was suspended from the AAU because of money he earned while com- peting on the "World Superstars — 1978" television show. Judge George Dell refused Thursday to issue a preliminary injunction against the suspension, saying Stones had not exhausted all administrative remedies before going to court and had not demonstrated that those remedies, including the AAU Board of Appeals, would be inadequate. Dell said he also had not seen suf- ficient proof that the AAU was guilty of "restraint of trade, boycott and monopoly" to issue the injunction. He added that Stones would have "full opportunity to establish his contentions" at the upcoming trial. To appeal ruling Attorney Peter DeKrassel said he would appeal the ruling. In the meantime, Stones will remain barred from amateur competition. Stones said he gave the $33,400 he earned on the show to the Desert Oasis Track Club, a non-profit organization owned by his family. Sports Transactions By United Prtts International Pro Football Denver — Placed offensive tackle Prank Smith on injured reserve list and cut rookie tree agents quarterback Fred Mortenson and cornerback Terry Peters.
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