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The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada • 14

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B2 SPORTS-COLUMN THE WINDSOR STAR, SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1982 emsal bats I. i SiarphotoJCrant Black Homers rip Royals doesnt surprise manager Sparky Anderson. Besides Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Royals, I figure we can hit with anybody in either league," said Anderson. There isnt a guy in the regular lineup who isnt capable of hitting one out." But Whitaker is the real surprise, particularly since both his homers against the Royals ere to the opposite field. EARLIER Tins week, Whitaker had explained how hed learned to pull the ball because he didnt feel he had the power to hit them out to left field.

Yeah, Im surprised since Ive never hit a homer to left before tonight," he said. I guess I surprised the Royals, too, because they pitched me outside again after the first one and I justwentwith it. Its a matter of patience because you only need one pitch you just have to wait until you get it and then make sure you keep it in play." While the Tigers were showing off the mus- cles, Wilcox was shutting down the vaunted Royals power with a masterful performance I through five innings. He gave up only a bunt single by U.L. Washington and a single to left by Hal McRae before being replaced, as planned, after the fifth inning by Pat Underwood.

I FELT GREAT but Sparky didnt want me to strain anything and I knew Id only go five," said Wilcox. Were being careful because pitching on the sidelines is nothing like real game action. I was tired in the fourth and 1 walked a couple of guys but felt real strong again in the fifth." Wilcox threw 70 pitches and will see more action Tuesday during a doublchcader with Seattle Manners. Well let him go 85 or 90 that night and then hell be ready to go as long as anybody else on the staff, said Anderson. Underwood allowed five hits in his four nings but gave up just a single run on an RBI double by Greg Pryor in the eighth.

NOTES After Tigers Dan Petry hit KCs Willie Wilson in a recent game, some observers felt bad feelings might still exist between the two teams. If they do, nothing showed up Friday and nobody came even close to being hit. By DavtHall Assistant Sports Editor Richie Hebner is already virtually an ex-Detroit Tiger and pitcher Milt Wilcox figures hes next in line. Wilcox returned to the starting rotation Friday night and tossed five scoreless, two-hit innings as Tigers dumped Kansas City Royals 10-1. Backed by two more homers from Lou Whitaker, who had two last Tuesday against New York Yankees, W'ilcox also struck out seven including a four-in-a-row string.

Maybe I pitched too good, said W'ilcox who had been out of action with a sore shoulder since July 19. I dont expect to be here more than a couple of weeks and I figure Im being showcased. Wilcox becomes a 10-and-5 man two weeks today, which means he will have the right to veto any trades as a result of spending 10 years in the majors and five with one team. ITS JUST A feeling I have based on the way certain people have spoken to me, said Wilcox without elaborating. Lets face it, most clubs dont like guys around who can veto deals it handcuffs them.

Id like to stay, I have a home and business here but being traded wouldnt be the worst thing thats ever happened," added Wilcox. Its just a questioh of getting ready because nobody likes to be shocked." And that presumably includes Royals starter Dave Frost and reliever Bill Castro, but there wasnt much they could do about it Friday night. Tigers broke open a 2-0 game with five runs on five hits, including three homers, in the fourth inning. Chet Lemon singled to lead off, Rick Leach fiied out and then Tom Brookens blasted his seventh homer into the lower deck in left. ALAN TRAMMELL followed with a walk and scored when Whitaker ripped his second homer of the game, off Castro this time, into the same area.

It was his 1 0th of the season. When rookie Glenn Wilson followed with his fifth, it was the fourth time this year that gers had hit back-to-back homers and the first time theyd hit three in one inning. Tigers have now hit nine homers in the past four games but this sudden display of power THE STRAIN SHOWS, but Milt ilcox masterful in five-inning stint Imminent departure no surprise to Hebner iger move likely tip of iceberg i What happens to old designated hitters? They get their contracts designated for assignment. Thats what happens. This is a procedure used, not very often, by American League baseball clubs, in order to promote a promising, minor-league chattel at the expense of a veteran they are no longer interested in.

Although infrequently used, the procedure has occurred twice in the last eight days by Toronto Blue Jays in the case of Otto Velez, by Detroit i lgers in the case of Richie Hebner. If youre an old ball player, there isnt much worse that can happen to you than to have your contract designated for assignment within 1 0 days. IT MEANS YOURE at the end of the road, unless a contending club somewhere will give you a last hurrah in hope that you can help them over closing humps. This is the hope, then, of Velez and Hebner, aged 31 and 34 respectively. Until August 31, a major league team is required to limit its playing roster to 25.

After that, the limitation expands to 40, accounting for the appearance in September of a great many young players, brought up from the farms, invariably by teams that are out of contention, and desirous of having a look at what has been growing down on the farms. The Tigers are not sure whether theyre in or out of contention. Friday night, they had their act together beautifully all kinds of hitting, sound pitching. They trampled all over the Kansas City Royals, who are strong contenders in the American League west. LOTS OF FOLKS in these parts are accustomed to cail such Tiger performances, 112 games into a 162-game season, the old salary drive.

For want of a better definition, maybe thats more or less what it was. However, the Tigers are not ouf of contention, and, if their pieces, for whatever reason, come together during the last 50 games, they could create quite a stir. The Blue Jays put the dumpo on Velez because they needed room on their 25-man roster for a righthanded pitcher, name of Ken Schrom, whose contract they purchased from their triple A farm club, the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. The Tigers are putting the dumpo on Hebner in order to accomodate Howard Johnson 21, a switch-hitting third baseman who has been tearing up minor league pitching for three and a part years, and is obviously ready to tangle with major league pitching. -JOHNSON, WHO IS now part of the Tigers 25-man roster, had hit .321 at Evansville, with 23 homers and 68 runs batted in, and 36 stolen bases, in 98 games.

Those are impressive figures. The Tigers have had a third-base problem since the departure of Aurelio Rodriguez. Hebner was aimed at solving it, but when Jason Thompson was sent away, Hebner moved to first base. This left third base in the hands of Tom Brookens, sometimes in the hands of Enos Cabell. Cabell and Brookens are leading the Tigers in errors, with 16 and 15 respectively.

Of late, though, Brookens has improved. And Rick Leach has been playing first base regularly. Brookens is 29, Leach 25, Cabell 33. From that, it is easier to see the squeeze on Hebner and Cabell. HEBNER IS OFF the Detroit club, and could not rejoin it unless one of those 25 players were to get bumped.

That doesnt mean Hebner is a free-and-Clear, free agent, though. Baseballs property rights has a long arm. "Being a suspicious soul, I even entertained the idea that the Toronto and Detroit clubs might effectively be using 26-man rosters for 1 0 days. Not so. They cant use Velez or Hebner.

But neither can anybody else during this 10-day period baseball law calls designated for assignment. The Tigers have options, though, while all Hebner can do is sweat it out in a sort of ljmbo. The Tigers can trade Hebner. They can try to send him to the minors. They canTeleaseim.

After 1 0 days, something has to give. THE HEBNER SITUATION is the tip of an iceberg. The Tigers splurged for four hitters last spring. If they dont pull a miracle in the next 50 games, you can expect a lot of player traff probably a lot even if there is a miracle. Youth and cheaper salaries are bound to be served.

Tiger manager Sparky Anderson wouldnt bite when asked to spread light on the muddy waters around the future of Milt Wilcox waters that have been saying Wilcoxs days as a Tiger are numbered. Said Anderson, I dont get into that petty stuff." Petty? Then, he said, There is not a player in that dressing room who cant be traded if we can get what we want." ANDERSON LIKES TO protest against hard questions. But he usually gives himself away. W'ilcox? Petty? wo days ago, he had no opinion about how good Glenn Wilson might become. He had an opinion last night.

Hes going to be a good one. Anderson had promoted Wilson to second in the batting order. Thats not petty stuff at all. By Dave Hall have 1 0 days to make a move. IM NOT REALLY surprised because theres been talk of my moving on for a few weeks, Hebner said Friday after cleaning out his locker.

Its obvious that this team doesnt think I can help them anymore, added Hebner. Thats disappointing because I still think I can hit and contribute. Tiger manager Sparky Anderson indicated that the move was inevitable. Richie Hebner is expected to be in the uniform of a National League contender within the next week or so. The part-time first baseman was designated for assignment by Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon.

This means he is no longer on the active roster but will continue to be paid by the Tigers, who HE HIT .290 his first year with Detroit and drove in 82 runs, but fell off to .226 and 28 RBI during last years short season. Taking Hebners place on the roster will be third baseman Howard Johnson. The 21-year-old switch-hitter batted just .188 earlier this year with the Tigers before being sent down to Evansville. But in 98 games in Evansville, he hit .321, had 23 homers, drove in 68 runs and stole 36 bases. Ottawans bow LETHBRIDGE, Alta.

(CP) The host Lethbridge All-Stars outlasted Ottawa Pinecr-est 5-4 in 10 innings Friday night to win the Canadian Senior A Little League Baseball championship. 1 Playing before more than 2,000 spectators, Lethbridge capitalized on four walks to score the winning run in the top of the 10th. Brice Lapointe, who walked and scored the deciding run, also had two singles for Lethbridge. Lethbridge will represent Canada at the Senior Little League world series next week in Gary.lnd. Lets face it, (Mike) Lagas going to be this' dubs first baseman in the future, Anderson' said of the organizations minor-league star.

Theres no sense kidding anybody about that, added Anderson. SHARING FIRST base this year with Enos Cabell and Rick Leach, Hebner was hitting .274, the highest of the three, and had eight homers. Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates, both of whom he has played for, are favorites to acquire Hebners services for the pennant run. Its also a question of finding someone in the NL who will pay $275,000 for a part-time player with another full season left on his con-tract. And he is likely to see just limited action in either city, since Pete Rose and Willie Stargell are firmly entrenched at first base in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively.

Hebner played in five championships series with the Pirates and two more with the Phillies. He has a .276 career average with 191 homers and 822 RBI. Hebner was acquired by the Tigers from New York Mets in October of 1979 in a trade for Phil Makowski and Jerry Morales. Flynn makes trade look like Expo steal by nine games two weeks ago, has lost 1 5 of its last 16 games. Dodgers 6 Giants 1 Pedro Guerrero hit a three-run homer and Bob Welch, 14-7, hurled a three-hitter for his fifth straight victory, leading the Dodgers to their 14th triumph in their last 16 games.

The decision increased Los Angeles lead to 2Vi games in the West. Short summaries of American League games Friday follow: Twins 3 Mariners 1 Veteran Seattle righthander Gaylord Perry, pitched the 300th complete ga me of his career Friday night, but was outpitched by Minnesotas Bobby Castillo, who posted h's first routegoing effort. W'ith one out in the sixth, singles by Tom Brunansky, Kent Hrbek, Gary Ward and Gary Gaetti produced two runs and gave the Twins a 2-1 lead. A single and two Seattle errors produced the Twins final run in the eighth. Brewers 3 Blue Jays 1 Jim Gantner singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Pete uckovch, 1 3-4, scattered seven hits as the Brewers remained 5 'h games ahead of Boston in the AL Fast.

Angels 9 AsO Mike Witt pitched a four-hitter and Reggie Jackson hit his 27th home run as California stretched its first-place lead to 1 games over Kansas City in the AL West. Oaklands Rickey Henderson, who has 107 stolen bases, nine short of Lou Brocks major league record, was thrown out by Bob Boone attempting to steal second in the third inmng Yankees 4 hite Sox 3 Rick Cerones seventh-inning home run off Steve Trout, his third of the season, snapped a tie and enabled New York to end Chicago's four-game winning streak. Lee Mazzil'i, who had three hits in his second game with the Yankees, homered in the first inning while Tommy John and Rich Gossage limited the White Sox to five hits. Red Sox 5 Orioles 2 John Tudor fired a five-hitter as the Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and handed Baltimore its fourth straight loss. Loser M.ke Flanagan didnt retiie any of the five batters he faced.

Rangers 8 Indians 7 Dave Hostetler hit a game-winning sacrifice fly off loser Dan Spillner in the ninth inning with the bases loaded to give Texas the ictory after it had trailed 7-2. By Star Wire Services Doug Flynn, coming straight from cowboy country, has made John McHale look like a pretty good horse trader. Its the first time Ive gone down the stretch with a pennant contender and I guess that has helped, Flynn said Friday night after tripling home two runs to give the Montreal Expos a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. But Ive always played that way, even though the teams I was on were out of the race, added Flynn, landed last week from the Texas Rangers by Expos president McHale. After playing for the New York Mets and then the Rangers, the trade gave Flynn a shot at post-season play and he has responded with a.

321 average.and six RBI. The decision left St. Louis first place in the NL East, a half-game ahead of Philadelphia. Third-place Montreal trails by three games and Pittsburgh by four. The victory may have been costly, however, as Montreal starter David Palmer was forced from the game in the third inning with a strained right elbow.

Palmer was scheduled to be examined today. Bryn Smith evened his record at 1-1 with his first major league victory as he went innings and Jeff Reardon, who has appeared in Montreals last five games, went the final 3i innings to earn his 1 9th save. Philadelphias Pete Rose tied Hank Aarons all-time at-bat record at 1 2,364. Pirates 7 Cardinals 4 Tony Pena and Bill Madlock smashed so'o homers and Mike Easier went 3-for-3, including an RBI double, to power the Pirates. Don Robinson, 1 3-6, helped his own cause with his 16th RBI of the season.

Reds 3 Astros 0 Frank Pastore pitched a five-hitter and Johnny Bench drove in one run and scored another to lead Cincinnati. Pastore struck out eight and walked none in pitching his second shutout and third complete game cf the season. Joe Nickro took the loss. Mets 6 Cabs 4 George Foster drove in two runs, one in a three-run seventh inning, and Jesse Orosco, 2-7, pitched the final three innings in relief of Pat Zachry to spark the Mets. Padres7Bries4 Rookie Tony Gwvnns bases-loaded sirgle drove in the tie-breaking run and Kurt Bevac-qua cleared the bases with a pmch-hit double in the seventh to send the Braves to their 1 1th straight loss.

Atlanta, which led the NL West ON THE MALL AUG. 16 THRU AUG. 21 SPONSORED BY TOWN AND COUNTRY AMUSEMENTS VIDEO GAMES MS. PACKMAN CONTEST PINBALL ASTR0IDS BILLIARDS Aug. 17 12 vndr 6.30 P.M.

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20 1 ond 6 30 P.M. FINALS AUG. 21 Register throughout the week for Pinball ond Video Garnet Competition. A Registration Booth will be on hand in the moll. I I Former resident dies TORONTO (CP) Elsie Anne Dulmage, wife of the late 'George Dulmage, a Windsor Star sports writer prior to World A well-known sprinter, skater and softball player in Owen Sound, she met her husband when he was a sports reporter for the Owen Sound Sun Times.

When they married in 1934. she found herself wedded not so much to a husband as to a sports section. George's brother Elmer was a reporter for The Canad.an Press and Newsweek another brother. Jack, was sports editor of The Star for 21 years and now is associate sports editor, i George Dulmage was sports editor of the Toronto Telegram from 1 956 untJhis death in 1959. Their sons, Paul and Doug, residents of Toronto and Vancouver respective'), were sports reporters.

Mrs Dulmage returned to Owen Sound from Toronto in 1972. urawssw TECUMSEH RD. WEST AT HURON CHURCH, WINDSOR Boxscom, Enescom on Pa ge B4.

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