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THE COURIER-JOURNAL, SATURDAY, JULY 30, 1983 B 7 I 1 If 14 IO t Chisox keep ivinning Continued from Page B 4 ed between LaRussa and him. "The situation isn't resolved," Fisk said, adding, "It's livable." The same could be said of LaRus-sa's relationship with Dennis Lamp, who was unhappy at being moved from the starting rotation to fill a gap in the bullpen, and Tom Pa-ciorek, the first baseman who earlier in the season made public his dissatisfaction at being removed from the starting lineup in favor of Greg Walker, a rookie. General manager Roland Hemond said he was not bothered by such tension. "It's of no consequence as long as the results are there," he said. "The moves have resulted in better performances." In addition to the moves he made with the regulars, LaRussa successfully used the talents of two rookies, Ron Kittle and Walker. Only Fisk and the right fielder, Harold Baines who leads the team with 12 game-winning runs batted in play regularly at the positions they had in 1982. The infield is new, with Walker at first base; Julio Cruz, obtained from the Seattle Mariners at the June 15 trading deadline, at second base; Vance Law at third; and Scott Fletcher or Jerry Dybzinski at shortshop. In left field, Kittle replaced Steve Kemp, who was signed as a free agent by the Yankees. An easy-Tigers recall Mike Laga DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have recalled left-handed hitting first baseman Mike Laga from their Evansville, Ind., farm club. Laga, who played 27 games for the Tigers last season, was expected to be in uniform for last night's game with Kansas City, a team spokesman said. Laga will fill a roster vacancy created Wednesday by outfielder John Grubb, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a possible bone fracture in his left wrist. Laga has batted .287 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs since June 15 at Evansville. swinging power hitter who hit 50 home runs in the International League last season, Kittle has already hit 23, tying him for the league lead, and driven in 65 runs. He has taken pressure off Luzinski, who has 17 home runs, only one fewer than he hit all last season. In center field, Rudy Law has succeeded Ron LeFIore, who was released. Platooned earlier in the season, Law won the job, has 47 hits in his last 124 times at bat and has stolen 47 bases. With Cruz, who has stolen 45 bases, the White Sox have more speed. "We've always tried to play aggressive baseball," said Hemond. "It just becomes more noticeable with this kind of personnel." Although the team batting average of .263 is among the lowest in the league, the team leads the league in runs scored with 490. Although scoring runs has not been a problem, giving them up has been. The pitchers have allowed more than four earned runs a game. . Jerry Koosman, the former Met, has a surprising 7-2 record, but the remainder of the starters are only 34-31. Britt Burns, bothered by arm trouble at the end of last season and earlier this year, has been erratic. And Floyd Bannister, signed to a multiyear pact at close to $1 million a year, is 7-9 with a 3.95 earned-run average. "He had difficulty with his mechanics early," said Dave Duncan, the new pitching coach, "but his record doesn't reflect how well he's really pitched." Bannister has received little support. In the nine losses, the White Sox have scored only 14 runs. And he has been effective in recent weeks, winning all four of his starts since the All-Star Game break. The bullpen has been as inconsistent as the starters. The White Sox lead the league in saves, but they -lack a hard-throwing, right-handed , reliever who can can get the crucial strikeout as Goose Gossage of the Yankees can. Jim Kern was expected to fulfill that role, but he injured t i I icctus vai'us io sweep; Pirates stay hot; Tigers roll Flit photo Carlton Fisk Likes batting No. 2 his arm and is out for the season. Eddie Einhorn, the team's owner, promised to do all he can to fill that void Speculation centered on acquiring Ron Davis from the Minnesota Twins. LaRussa expressed little concern about the absence of a fireballer. "How many teams have that kind of guy?" he asked. Then, perhaps forgetting his promise to avoid predictions, he said: "With the personnel we've got now, if we can just keep playing consistently, we can win it." Associated Pross Ozzie Smith drove in three runs with two doubles and a single and Mike Ramsey added a three-run triple, highlighting a 17-hit attack as the St Louis Cardinals beat the Montreal Expos 10-1 for a sweep of Thursday night's double-header. The Cardinals, who have won six straight, gained a 3-2 victory in 10 innings in the opener when Tom Herr drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk from Expos reliever Jeff Rear-don. Woodie Fryman (0-3) took the loss and reinjured his left elbow in the process. Bob Forsch (7-8) pitched an eight-hitter in the nightcap for his fifth complete game of the season. The visiting Cards ripped Dan Schat-zeder (4-1) for five runs in the first two innings. In the opener, Montreal starter Steve Rogers got the first out in the 10th inning before being forced out of the game with a cramp in the palm of his right hand. Fryman got the second out but with a full count against pinch-hitter Floyd Rayford he experienced pain in his elbow. Reardon completed the walk to Rayford, who was replaced by pinch-runner Mike Ramsey. Reardon then gave up an infield single to Ozzie Smith and walked Lonnie Smith and Herr to force Ramsey home with the deciding run. Bruce Sutter (8-6) got the victory with 1 innings of hitless relief. . In other National League games Thursday night: Mike Easler's two-run double highlighted a three-run first inning as the traveling Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 6-2 for their 18th victory in the past 23 games. Larry McWilliams (10-5) struck out seven and walked one before Kent Tekulve and Rod Scurry halted a New York threat in the ninth inning, Scurry getting his sixth save. "Scurry will take the bat out of anyone's hands," Pirates manager MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Chuck Tanner said of the lefthander. "He was like a surgeon out there. He just cut them out of the ballgame." The Pirates chased Craig Swan (1-5) during a two-run second inning. Swan was making his first start since July 3. Mike Schmidt followed Joe Morgan's game-tying triple in the eighth inning with a two-run homer that gave Philadelphia a 6-5 victory over Houston as Steve Carlton of the Phillies regained the all-time strike- TVo one-hitters lead to sweep of Pikeville PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bristol's Joe Perrotte and Paintsville's Tom Plesac each tossed one-hitters Thursday night in leading their teams to 7-1 and 4-1 victories over Pikeville in a three-team Appalachian League baseball double-header. Pikeville's John Turner broke up each of the no-hit bids with seventh-inning singles. Turner singled to open the seventh inning of the opener against Perrotte. By that time, a two-run single by Bob McManus and a run-scoring double by Hose Barreto during a five-run fourth had settled the outcome. Carl Hamilton took the loss for Pikeville. In the nightcap, Plesac was within one out of a no-hitter when Turner delivered a run-scoring single. Paintsville got all its runs on a pair of two-run home runs. Terry McDer-mott connected in the fifth and Glenn Braggs followed in the sixth. Jim Phillips (3-2) took the loss. nut romrl frnm tha Actrne Mnlon . u u . . urn ni nouvi iiuiuii Ryan. Schmidt's homer raised his National League-leading total to 23. Carlton, who struck out nine batters, now has 3,597 strikeouts to Ryan's 3,591. In an American League game Thursday night: Doubles by Chet Lemon and ' Tom Brookens and Alan Trammell's suicide squeeze bunt highlighted a four-run second inning that carried the Detroit Tigers to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners. The Tigers got a first-inning run when Trammell singled, Enos Cabell walked and John Wockenfuss singled, then chased Bryan Clark (4-3) with their big second inning. Dodgers send Reyes down LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of catcher Jack Fimple from tneir Ainuquerque ciud or tne y acute Coast League Friday and optioned 19-year-old catcher Gilberto Reyes tn tho samp rluh Dodgers vice president Al Ca-manis said the 24-year-old Fimple would report immediately. He ap- with a .247 average with nine home runs and 52 runs batted in. Reyes, until being sent down, had been the youngest player in the National League. Paper Money Your daily newspaper can save you a bundle Gb,t (fourier-Sournal TheLouisvilleTimes ATTENTION: SMART NEW CAR BUYERS WHY PAY MORE FOR YOUR NEXT NEW CAR IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO. SHOP AND COMPARE FOR KENTUCKIANA'S BEST NEW BUICK BUYS. 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