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Kaat Blanks Tigers For 14th; 9th Straight CHICAGO (UPI) - Lefthander Jim Kaat allowed only four hits in becoming the first major league pitcher to win 14 games this season Friday night while hurling the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 triumph over the Defroit Tigers. Kaat, notching his first shutout of the season, struck out'seven and walked one in notching his seventh complete, game in 23 starts. . The WJiite Sox got all their runs in the fourth inning off Tiger starter Vern Ruhle. Deron Johnson beat out an infield single to open the inning and both Ken Henderson and Bill Melton walked to load the bases. Jerry Hairston sin- x gled to score Johnson and Bucky Dent singled to score both Henderson and Melton. Hairston scored on Brian Downing's sacrifice fly off reliever Bob Reynolds. ' ' ' It was only the third loss in the last 15 games for the Tigers and the fourth win in the last six for Chicago. BOSTON (UPI) - Bill Lee tossed a six-hitter and the Boston Red Sox collected 13 hits, including home runs by Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice, to defeat the Kansas, City Royals 9-3 for their .ninth consecutive victory, the club's longest since its American :W:WSW:%¥Sft;:::*^^ Sportscope By DAN McGRATH Journal-Standard Sports Editor Nobody asked me, but: The recently concluded (for now) Bowie Kuhn imbroglio, if nothing else, served to illustrate just who it is that calls the shots in major league baseball these days-the National League, and Walter O'Malley of the Los Angeles Dodgers in particular. . Charlie Finley (Oakland) and Jerry Hoffberger (Baltimore), both of whom feel they've_been wronged repeatedly by the High Commissioner, wanted Kuhn out. They had an ally in the New York Yankees, whose principal owner, George Steinbrenner, was "suspended" from operating the team by Kuhn after Steinbrenner owned up to making illegal political campaign contributions. After convincing Texas Ranger owner Brad Corbett that he, too, had reasons for wanting Kuhn's scalp, Finley and Hoffberger found themselves with the four votes they needed to grease the skids for the commissioner's ouster. ; l ". Whereupon the O'Malley forces entered the picture. Kuhn is their boy (some might say stooge), has been since he succeeded "the Unknown Soldier," William D. Eckert, as commissioner in 1968, and the NL, having grown fat and sassy during those seven years, was not about to sit back and let him be run out of office. And it had the muscle to prevent that from happening. It wasn't surprising, really. Walter O'Malley has been baseball's muscle 'man ever since he was permitted to abandon historic old Ebbets Field for the untapped virgin paradise of Los Angeles in 1957. And since moving to the west coast he's built the Dodgers into the most successful (in terms of dollars and cents) operation in professional sports. He generally gets what he wants. He didn't want Bowie Kuhn overthrown by baseball's "radical fringe." Nor does he want interleague play, designated hitters in the National League or the San Francisco Bay area to be without an NL team. You' aren't likely to see any of those things occur as long as Walter is running the Dodgers, and thus major league baseball Speaking of the San Francisco Bay area, baseball's braintrust is going to have to do something out there to alleviate the ridiculously crowded conditions which have gradually been choking the Giants to death. The re- ' gion just won't support two teams. The Oakland A's, in a classic example of survival of the fittest, have be^n surviving, but just barely,.because, they happen,to be a championship team. They are, however, one of the ' poorest drawing championship teams of all time. Obviously, one team is going to have to go. The question is which one? The A's are bound to the city of Oakland by a lease which runs into the next century, while the Giants, who staked their claim to the territory first,sdid right well for themselves until the A's came along. - Charlie Finley would love to leave the area to the Giants, and it so happens that major league-size cities (Seattle and New Orleans) with the latest word in stadiums (ultramodern domed edifices) would dearly love to stock those stadiums with a championship baseball team. If the legal wrinkles of their lease can be straightened out satisfactorily, look for the A's to pack their bags. And the Giants, like pro basketball's Golden State Warriors, will become an "area" team, playing some games in Oakland and some in Sari Francisco. •'._'% What, meanwhile, of the Minnesota Twins, who have, reportedly been gazing longingly on Seattle for a number of years themselves? The Twins- have had trouble drawing flies in Bloomington over the last few seasons, but the reasons aren't nearly as mysterious as owner Cal Griffith likes to believe. The fact is the Twins are a mediocre team playing in a mediocre division achieving mediocre results* Who would break down the doors for that? The Minnesota Vikings have been anything but mediocre over the past decade, and as a result they've had no problems luring people into Metropolitan Stadium, sometimes in weather only a penguin would appreciate. That suggests Twin Cities fans will come but if an attractive product is put on the field, as they did when the Twins were a consistent American League contender. • Then there's the Atlanta Braves, who are finding the "greener pastures" which lured them out of Milwaukee overrun with crab grass and cow droppings. Having unloaded Henry Aaron, the last vestige of their drawing power, the Braves find themselves with the worst attendance in baseball, even though the Reds and the Dodgers, the game's best attractions, come through Atlanta three times'a season and other good draws like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia come through'twice each. . The Braves suffer from essentially the same problem as the Twins- mediocrity-and 'sophisticated Atlantans have better things.to do than,, watch a team lose three games for every two it wins. And there are no die-hard, tradition-steeped fans for the Braves to rely on since they've only been in'the city nine years themselves. I find it rather hard to muster up any sympathy for the Braves myself. They abandoned Boston when Milwaukee beckoned, and the treatment they received in Beer Town was extraordinary right up until the day when talk of a switch to Atlanta became more than a rumor. It seems to me as though the team's carpetbagging owners got what they asked for. Baseball, having let the Braves move to* Atlanta, ought to make them stay there. League pehnant year of 1967. Yastrzemski's homer came in the first inning after a single by Bernie Carbo off loser Steve Busby and the Red Sox added three runs in the second on a single by Carlton Fisk, an error, a two-run double by Bernie Carbo and a double by Denny Doyle. Rice's homer over the centerfield wall in the third made it 6-0 and Boston K icked up single runs in the fourth,' fth and eighth innings. Harmon Killebrew hit his 570th career homer following a single by Hal McRae for the Royals' final runs in the ninth. BALTIMORE (UPI) - Elrod Hendricks hit a grand slam homer to highlight an eight-run fourth inning and Lee May added a pair of homers Friday night to power the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-6 victory over the Minnesota . Twins. Hendricks, who hit a game-winning homer Thursday night, crashed his second career grand slam off losing pitcher Dave Goltz while helping Mike Cuellar to his eighth triumph in 14 decisions. Don Baylor rapped a run-scoring double to trigger the rally and May ' also.chipped in with a three-run blast during the fourth inning uprising. May, who also homered Thursday night, added a solo shot in the eighth off Tom Burgmeier. May now has 15 homers and 64 runs batted in foor the season. Giants Win In 10 SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - Chris Speier's bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night lifted the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. FREEPQRT JOURNAL-STANDARD SPOR TS Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Saturday, July 19, 1975 Page 9 BERT CAMPANERIS, the Oakland A's 155-pound shortstop, came out second best in a collision with 250-pound Boog Powell of the Cleveland Indians In the fourth Inning of Friday night's game in Cleveland. Campanerls emerged none the worse for wear from his clash with'Powell, though, and helped the A's to a 7-6 vlctory.-UPI Photo'. Perez' Slam Gets Reds Rolling MONTREAL fITPTi _ Tnmr T>of«» Cesar Geronimn rfrnvo in »«/« ™™~ ...itu 'n.« !„„„ niir.^«^i^^f :.,„„* 0001- ^^ MONTREAL (UPI) - Tony Perez cracked the fourth grand slam homer •of his career in the third inning and drove in another run in the fourth inning Friday night to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 victory over the Montreal Expos. Perez' homer came on the first pitch from Dennis Blair after the Montreal left-hander had struck out Johnny Bench following walks to Pete Rose, Ken Griffey and Joe Morgan. Perez hit the first pitch to him into the leftfield bleachers to make the count 4-1. Cesar Geronimo drove in two more Cincinnati runs with a ninth inning single. , ' PHILADELPHIA (UPI) - Relief pitcher Tom Hilgendorf contributed his first hit since 1972 to drive in the tie- breaking run 'during a three-run seventh Friday night, that carried the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-4 triumph over the Houston Astros. Hilgendbrf, who picked up his second victory of the season, singled in the middle of a three-run seve'nth inning that tagged J.R.,Richards, 6-5, Billy's Blast Lifts A's Over Cleveland 7-6 with the loss. Hilgendorf went 8 2-3 innings before being relieved by Gene Garber, who. got the final out with two runners on. Mike Schmidt and Gary Maddox beat out bunts to open the Phillies' seventh inning rally, then Johnny Gates singled to tie the score at 4-4. Hilgendorf singled to score Maddox with the lead run- and Larry Bowa singled in Gates. Hilgendorf, who had been with Cleveland the last two years and had not gotten to bat because of the American League's designated hitter rule, had gone hitless in his first three times to the plate this season. NEW YORK.(UPI) - Errors by third baseman Joe Torre and shortstop Mike Phillips enabled Atlanta to score three runs in'the fifth inning Friday night and the Braves survived two lato inning threats to defeat the New York Mets 4-3. Atlanta scored in the, fifth Inning after Rod Gilbrcath led off with an infield hit and stole second base. After one out, Cai'l Morton reached on a fielder's choice as Met third baseman Joe TOrre dropped Mike Phillips' throw for an error, putting runners on first and third. Ralph Garr's sacrifice fly to center scored Gilbrcath from third. A two- baso throwing error by Phillips let the second run In and'Darrell Evans' long double scored' the final run of the inning. Morton Morton scattered nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to win his llth game in nine decisions but it took some clutch relief pitching by Ellas Sosa in the eighth and Max Leon in the ninth to preserve the triumph. ilCLEVELAND , (UPI) - Billy Williams ran his careerRBf total toX400 with a two-run single that capped a three-run seventh inning and Joe Rudi belted his 12th homer of the year Friday night to pace the Oakland A's to a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Williams, who became the 26th player in major league history to hit the 1,400 RBI plateau, clinched reliever Glenn Abbott's fourth victory with his bases-loaded two out single off reliever Tom Buskey. After designated hitter John Low- ensteiri's three-run homer gave the Indians a brief 3-2 lead in the second inning, the A's tied it in the third when Bill North, who. scored three runs, walked, stole second, took third on a - long fly and scored on Reggie Jackson's infield out. . Joe Rudi homered in the fourth to help knockout Cleveland starter Jim Bibby and Jack Brohamer's pinch homer in the seventh chased Abbott. Abbott, who allowed only two hits in four innings after replacing starter Stan Bahnsen, was replaced by Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers came on to halt a Cleveland rally in the eighth and pick up his 13th save of the season. Rico Carty hit a solo homer for Cleveland's final run in the ninth. Catfish Loses 1.-0 ARLINGTON, Tex. (UPI) - Rookie Mike Cubbage broke up a scoreless duel between Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Gaylord Perry with a run-scoring single in the seventh inning Friday night that gave the Texa$ Rangers a 10 victory over'the/New York Yankees. Perry allowed just four hits and boosted his record to 8-14. Both pitchers were in command through six innings, but Hunter's wildness and a bloop single, combined Jo cost him in the seventh. After one was out in that inning, Hunter walked Len Randle and with two out Toby Harrah blooped a single over the head 'of first baseman Chris . Chambliss that moved Randle to third. Cubbage, batting .205 at the start of the game, then lined a single past the diving Chambliss to score Randle. Hunter, who -went the distance for the ,17th itim<? this'year, gave up' just five hits but his record fpll to 12-9. Brewers Beat Ryan . MILWAUKEE, Wis. (UPI) - Jim Slaton tossed a six-hitter Friday night to outduel Nolan Ryan and pitch the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-0 victory over the California Angels. Only one Angel reached third base off Slaton, who won his sixth straight decision. He walked three and struck out four to improve his record, to 9-8. Ryan gave up six hits, and walked two in dropping his seventh straight decision thatievened his record at 10-10. , The Brewers scored both their runs in the fifth. Bobby Sheldon led off with a single and advanced to third on Gorman Thomas' double. Ryan then uncorked a wild pitch, with Sh,eJdon scoring and Thomas moving to third. After, Don Money walked, Thomas scored on Robin Yount's infield out. Tanner In Finals Of Chicago Tennis CHICAGO (UPI) - Top-seeded Roscoe Tanner, staged a 6-3, 6-4, victory over Sashi Menem of Los Angeles Friday night to lead the way into the semifinal round of the $50,000 Chicago International Tennis Championships. Tanner, a lefthander from Lookout Mountain, Tenn., boomed the same 140 mile-per-hour serves that ruined Billy Martin's pro debut Thursday night in defeating Menon. Tanner's opponent on Saturday will be No. 4-seed Dick Stockton of Dallas, who fashioned a masterly 6-3, 7-6, triumph over sixth-seeded Brijjn Gottfried of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Advancing with Tanner arid Stockton into the semifinals were Andrew Pattison of Rhodesia and John Alexander of Australia. The unseeded Pattison had to struggle through two tiebreakers be-, fore he could overcome Sherwood Stewart of Baytown, Tex., 7-6, 7-6, clinching the sudden-death overtimes by 10-8 and 10-5. Padres Top Cubs 4-2 SAN DIEGO (UPI) - Gene Locklear lined a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning Friday night to break a 2-2 tie and give the San Diego Padres a 4-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The triumph went to Bill Greif, who relieved Randy Jones when the Cubs scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie the score. The victory evened Greif's record at 2-2. The loss was pinned on Milt Wilcox, the second of four pitchers. It was his first decision since being recalled from Wichita. Wilcox, who- replaced starter Ray Burris in the seventh, retired the first two hitters before giving up singles to Johnny Grubb, and Tito Fuentes. Locklear then hit his tiebreaking double. San Diego scored an unearned run in the first inning on a run-scoring single by Dave Winfield and the Padres added another run in the third on a walk, a double by Fuentes and an infield out. The Cubs tied the score in the seventh on a walk to Andy Thornton, an error by Jones, a single by Steve Swisher, an error by third baseman Mike Ivie and an infield out. Dodgers trim Bucs LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Pinch-hitter. Manny Mota doubled in two runs with one out in the bottom of the eighth after Pittsburgh had scored three runs in the top of the inning Friday night to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-3 victory over the Pirates. On the verge of dropping 13% games behind Cincinnati in the National League, West, the defending National League champions began the rally off loser Larry Demery, 4-3, with a single by Bill Buctyicr. Jimmy Wynn walked on a full count before Steve Garvey popped up trying to bunt. Mota followed with his 91st career pinch hit, a double down the left field line-, to chase home the winning runs. The win went to Mike Marshall, 5-6, who was making hjs eighth straight relief appearance. Dodger starter Doug Rau had the Pirates shut out on seven hits until they erupted for the three runs in the eighth. Cusick Hasn't Reported To New England Yet AMHERST, Mass. (UPI) - Pete Cusick, the New England Patriots' third round draft choice, Friday failed to report to summer camp. The 255-pound defensive tackle from Ohio State has not yet signed a contract with the team. • Cornerback Johnny Vann, a free agent from South Dakota, was also listed late by the Patriots. The team will hold its first practice session Saturday afternoon for the 88 players in camp amid predicted temperatures in the 90s. Baseball Standings By UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Hung Jury In Forbes Trial MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (UPI) - The assault trial of Dave Forbes of the Bos- Jon Bruins - first U.S. trial of a hockey -player for his actions in a game -ended with a hung jury late Friday. Forbes, 26, was charged with aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon for attacking Henry Boucha of the Minnesota North Stars in a National Hockey League game here Jan. 4, opening a gash above his right eye and causing double vision. After deliberating for two days the jury of five women and seven men returned to the courtroom, in, Hennepin County District Court at 4:55 p.m. CDT and Judge Rolf Fosseeh asked if there was a "reasonable probability of agreement" on a verdict. "No, sir," foreman Ronald G. Strat- ton replied. Fosseen dismissed the jury and continued the case until. 9 a.m. Aug. 5. County Attorney Gary Flakne will de-. cide meantime whether to try the case, again. Forbes, who looked somber as the jury reported to the judge, was ordered to return to court Aug. 5 unless the judge excuses him. "I feel as K I've been trampled by a thousand buffaloes," Forbes said. The judge tiad instructed the jury to find Forbes innocent or guilty of aggravated assault or assault. Juror Gary Goranson said the jury ruled out aggravated assault early Friday and the final vote Friday was 9 in favor of assault and 3 for innocent. The three jurors who voted for innocent were men, he said. Goranson said three jurors swore they would not change their minds"not in'a million years." He said some jurors didn't want to consider aggravated assault "because they didn't feel a hockey stick is a dangerous weapon, and that it wouldn't be used in a hockey game if it was." Goranson said he personally didn't feel Forbes intended to injure Boucha seriously. Defense attorney Ron Meshbesher said, "If you get a hung jury you've won the case." Flakne, who said he will have a decision on whether to retry the case by Aug. 5, said nine jurors for conviction is a "substantial portion...but to win, the prosecution has to convince 12 people." . "Perhaps in -a different location or with different witnesses the jury might find differently or perhaps neither one of the sides did the job properly," he said. Meshbesher, asked about nine jurors favoring conviction for assault, said, "That isn't the way the system works. Forbes is in the same position he was before the trial started. He is innocent until proven guilty." Forbes was asked if he thought the trial would have any influence on the way hockey is played. He replied, "I can't see how it will affect the game but it will have an effect on how they play in Minneapolis," apparently suggesting other players might be afraid of being charged. • American League East. Boston Milwaukee New York Baltimore Cleveland 'Detroit Oakland Kansas City Chicago Texas California Minnesota , 52 47 45 43 40 40 West 57 47 42 43 41 39, ., , . . 37 43 43 44 48 49 32 43 46 .49 52 50 '. National League East .585 .522 .512 .494 .454 .448 ,641 .522 .477 .467 .441 .440 5% 6% 8 11% 12%, / _ 10% 14% 15% 18 18 Pittsburgh Philadelphia New York St. Louis Chicago Montreal Cincinnati Los Angeles San Francisco San Diego Atlanta Houston W 56 51 44 "43 43 36 West 62 50 42 42 40 33 L 34 40 43 45 49 49 3d 43 48 50 50 61 Pet GB * VI* UU .622 .560 5% .507 10% * w • *** /i£ .489 12 .467 14 .422 17% .675 .538 12% .466 19 .456 20 .444 21 350 30 Friday's Results Chicago 4, Detroit 0 Texas 1, New York 0 Boston 9, Kansas City 3 Baltimore 9, Minnesota 6 Milwaukee 2, California 0 Oakland 7, Cleveland 6 Saturday's Games Milwaukee (Travers. 4-3) at Chicago (Jefferson, 14) Oakland (Blue, 12-7) at Baltimore (Grimsley, 5-1) California (Tanana. 7-5) at Cleveland (Eckersley, 6-2) Kansas City (Briles, 4-4) at Detroit (Coleman, 6-12) New York (May, ,7-6) at Minnesota (Cprbin, 5-6) Boston (Wise, ll-«) at Texas (Hargan, 6-5) Friday's Results San Diego 4, Chicago 2 Los Angeles 4, Pittsburgh 3 Cincinnati. 10, Montreal 3 Atlanta 4, New York 3 Philadelphia 7, Houston 4 San Francisco 2, St. Louis 1 Saturday's Games Chicago (Stone, 7-3) at San Diego (Freisleben, 3-9) Pittsburgh (Reuss, 10-6) at Los Angeles (Hooton, 6-9) St. Louis (Forsch, 8-7) at San Francisco (Falcone, 7-6) Cincinnati (Kirby, 7-3) at Montreal (Renko, 4-6) 'Atlanta (Easterly, 1-4) at New York (Matlack, 10-7) Houston (Dierker, 8-9) at Philadelphia (Christenson, 4-1)

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