White S Am Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, August 24, 1972 B-7 By HAL BOCK The Chicago White Sox am meticulous baseball playerj so it's entirely possible that they closed the door behind them when they stepped into first place in the American League's West Division. Now, if Manager Chuck Tanner can only find the key to locking it. The White Sox used Dick Allen's lively bat and Wilbur Wood's rubber arm for a 5-2 victory over New York Wednesday and then hopped into first place in the West a few hours later when Detroit whipped Oakland 7-5. That was a vital victory for the Tigers since it enabled Phils hassle, lose, 9-6 By KEN RAPPOPORT Play me or trade me insists shortstop Larry Bowa of the Philadelphia Phillies Don't press your luck, says Manager Paul Owen. The player and his boss took verbal swings at each other following Wednesday night's 9-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. "I think I'm going to be traded," said Bowa, who claims he's in Owens' dog NATIONAL LEAGUE East Pittsburgh Now York Chicago St. Louis Montreal Philadelphia W. 73 fil 63 66 54 43 L. 43 54 56 BO 62 74 Pet. G.B. .629 — .530 111/. .529 .483 .456 West 73 44 67 53 62 .368 19 301/ 2 .624 .558 .534 .455 .442 .385 7>/ 2 Clnicnrmti Houston Los Angeles 62 54 Atlanta 55 66 San Francisco 53 67 San Diego 45 72 Wednesday's Results Houston 7, New York 4 San Francisco 8. Pittsburgh 0 Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 6 Montreal 11, Cincinnati 0 Los Angeles 3, St Louis 0 Chicago 7, San DJego 5 Thursday's Game Cincinnati Blllingham 3-10 at Montreal McAnally 2-13 Friday's Games San Francisco at Chicago Los AnRCles at Pittsburgh, N New York at Atlanta, N Philadelphia at Cincinnati, N Montreal at Houston, N San Diego at St. Louis, N AMERICAN LEAGUE East Detroit Baltimore New York Boston Cleveland Milwaukee W. M- 63 (iO ra 57 •15 West 60 69 60 SB 52 47 L. 55 55 56 57 61 71 Pet. G.B. .538 — .534 1/2 .517 fM~ .509 .483 .388 31/2 6>/ 2 8 " 12 171/j 21 fc Chicago 60 48 .590 Oakland 69 4!) .585 Minnesota 60 55 .522 Kansas City SB 59 .487 California 52 66 .441 Texas 47 69 .405 Wednesday's Results Chicago 5, New York 2 Baltimore 7, California 1 Cleveland 5, Minnesota 1 Texas at Milwaukee, ppd, rain Kansas City 3, Boston 0 Detroit 7, Oakland 5 Thursday's Games Texas Paul 5-5 and Bosman 6-8 at Milwaukee Ryerson 3-5 and Lonborg 11-7, 2 Friday's Games Kansas City at New York, 2, twi-nlght Texas at Boston, N Chicago at Milwaukee. N Detroit at Minnesota, N Baltimore at Oakland, N Cleveland at California. N Major League Today's Major League Lenders AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING (275 at bati) — Scheinhlum, KG, .320; Curew, Mln. .320; Rudi, Oak, .317, RUNS— Rucll, Oak, 77; D.Allen, Chi. 7(i. RUNS BATTED IN— D.AHen, Chi, !U; Murccr, NY, 70. HITS— Rucll, Oak, 148; Plnlella, KC.. i:>,:>. OCHJIILliS— Plnlclla, KC, 27- Rucli, Oak. 2G. TRIPLES— Rucll, Oak, 8; Flak. Bsn, 7. HOME RUNS— D. Allen, Chi, 32- Cash. Del. '>2. S T 0 L !•: N BASES— D. Nelson, Tex. .'id; Oimpam.-rls, Oak. 34. PITCHING (!) IVclsions)— Kaat, Min, 10-2, .s:i;t, li.oe Palmer, Bui, 17-0. .7:i!i, I.HU. STRIKEOUTS— N.Ryan, C al , 223; I..olk:h, Out, 185. NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING (275 at bats)— Cedeno, Htn, .310; Davalillo, Pgh, .335. UUNS— Morfjan, Cln, 102; Bonds, SI', !I3. RUNS BATTKD IN— Stargall, Pfih. !)5; Bi'iirli, Cln, !»0. HITS— B. Williams, Chi, 151; R(>!ii:. Chi, MS. IX1U 111. E.S— Montane/, Phi, 2"; CudfMo, Hlii. 2!i; B.Williams, Chi, 27; T.lViv/. Cln, 27. TRIPLES— Brock, StL, 8; Rose, fin, S; liowa, Phi, 7; SaiiBUillun, I'fih. 'I; Cedeno, Htn, 7; Maddox, •SI'. 7. HOMI 7 . RUNS— Colhert, SU, 31; Slar;;ill. I'llli. -8: Bunch, Cln, 2S S'l'OI 1-:N BASES— Brock. KIL 4'l; Ceileim. llln, -IS. P I T CHIN C! (!) Decisions) — Mai-shall. Mon, 13-3, .812, 1.24 Nolan, fin. Kl-.'i. .812, 2.01 Carltin Phi. 211-7. .7-10. 2.10. STRI K r.OUTS— Carlton, P h I 252; .Seuver. NY, 170 Sport Shorts BATAV1A, N.Y. (AP) — IT a r n e s s driver William "Buddy" Giimour has been suspi'iulcd from racing until Nov. 1 following his plea of guilly to a criminal tresspass charge, it was announced Wednesday by the State Harness Racing Commsision. ililmour pleaded guilty to Die fourth-degree trespass (•li.-irge and received a $250 fine. He was arrested here .Mi'.;. 2 in connection with a mobile home break-in. The .'.•".spcnsion bars him from iinving, training and racing ,ii iivitics. I'.OSTOiV (At 1 ) — The Boston Bruins of the National lloekey League have announced the signing of rookie Cliris Hayes to a multiy>;ar li;r, r. 'Id. had !:"> goals and 38 assists wlii!' playing botu cciiier and left v.niu; lor Oklahoma City in Hie ('endul League lu.M year. house. "Nobody appreciates anything I do." Would Owens trade possibly the best fielding shortstop in baseball? "Certainly I would," said Owens, "If I could help the club, I would. Nobody's untouchable here. But I wouldn't trade anybody just to make a trade." Bowa was particularly irked after Owens pulled him out of Wednesday night's game in the sixth inning in favor of Terry Harmon. "He told me I needed a rest," said the 26-year-old defensive star who set a major league fielding record for shortstops last season. "There's no way I can buy that. Who needs a rest when there is a day off coming up tomorrow?" Owens responded to Bowa's acid remarks with fire. "Tell him to go Weep in his hat," said the manager. "Some people aren't smart enough to understand anything. His trouble is that he's happy when he gets two hits and we lose ... but he's Iburned up when he gets shut out and we win." While tempers exploded in Philadelphia, bats went foeserk in Montreal as the Expos crushed the West- leading Cincinnati Reds 11-0 behind a 14-hit attack in another National League baseball game. Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants clobbered the East-leading Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0; the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 7-4; the Los Angeles Dodgers turned back the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 and the Chicago Cubs clipped the San Diego Padres 7-5. The clash between Bowa and Owens apparently reflected the pressures of a losing team. Felix Millan banged three hits and Dusty Baker ripped a home run as the Braves handad the Phillies their 74th loss in 117 games, the worst record in baseball, Ron Woods, making a rare start against a right-handed pitcher, responded with two, three-run homers to help Montreal bury Cincinnati. "It's unusual for me to hit one home run, let alone two," said Woods, shaking his head in disbelief over his performance. "I'm not trying to do anything different—I'm just trying to make contact when I go up." Jim Barr pitched a two- hitter for his first major league shutout and Willie McCovey blasted a two-run homer to lead San Francisco over Pittsburgh. Four straight hits, including Tommy Helms' two-run single, highlighted a five-run fourth inning that carried Houston over New York. Larry Dierker scattered six hits and struck out nine Mets to notch his 12th victory in 19 decisions this year. Willie Davis had three singles and knocked in a run to back the four-hit pitching of Bill Singer as Los Angeles defeated St. Louis. Billy Williams drove in three runs and Joe Pepitone and Paul Popovich had two RBI apiece to pace Chicago over San Diego. them to remain one-half game ahead of Baltimore in the East. The Orioles rapped California 7-1. Elsewhere in the American League Wednesday, Cleveland dropped Minnesota 5-1 and Kansas City blanked Boston 3-0. Texas at Milwaukee was rained out. Allen hit his 32nd homer of the year, a titantic two-run shot in the seventh inning to help Wood beat the Yankees, It was the 22nd victory of the year for the knuckleballer. The homer soared into the centerfield bleachers at White Sox park—470 feet from home plate—an area reached only three times before. The huge homer gave Wood a working margin and increased Allen's runs batted in total to 91. Tanner, reaching into his managerial bag of adjectives, called Allen, "Babe Ruth, Rogers Hornsby and Ty Cobb, all put together." He neglected, however, to compare Wood with Cy Young. If the knuckler captures the award named for the legendary pitcher, that'll be good enough for Tanner. It might even mean that the manager will locate that key to the first place door. Detroit boosted the Sox into the West lead and stayed in front in the East by knocking off Oakland. The Tigers did it with a seven-run explosion in the second inning, four of the runs scoring on Bill Freehan's second grand slam homer of the season. That should have made it easy for Joe Coleman, who won his first game since June 22. 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