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THE NEWS, Frederick, Maryland Page A-15 Thuriday, September 7, 1*7 Time Out For Sports WITH ARTHUR D. POSTAL Could Be The Tigers Not since Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, Mickey Mantle and Hank Bauer visited the Copacabana some years ago has the American League been as tight as it has been the last few weeks, with four teams within two games of the lead, and another just a bases-throw away. The turn of the events in the junior loop has been somewhat unexpected, with such goings-on this late In the season usually reserved for the National League, where the talent is said to be more evenly-spaced, with only new entries New York and Houston usually left without a say in the annual cliffhanger. But this year the spikes have been on the other foot. With Roger Maris and Orlando Cepeda supplying the hitting power, the St. Louis Cardinals are making a mockery of the National League race, capable of dropping two games in a single day and still remain more than 10 games ahead of the nearest contender. * * * * CHICAGO MINNESOTA and Boston have been trading first place as if it were a hot potato the last six weeks, with each team holding the lead for approximately the same length of time. Then tHere is Detroit, which has been lapping at the heels of the three leaders all season, and keeps getting closer and closer every day. The fifth entry is California, perhaps the oddest member of the lot. esconced in last place as late as July, then making a rush for the lead be f ore settling down in the fifth position. Although the performances of only Chicago and Minnesota had been expected by the so-called experts, the revitalization of the Angels has been the most surprising. The rumors were flying around at the end of June that Bill Rigney had had it as manager of the Angels, with general manager Fred Haney poised, axe in hand, to "offer him another position in the Angel organization." * * * * BUT THE RUMORS seemed to have had an effect on the Angels, who, according to the story, came out of a team meeting a'cussing and a'snortng to put the pieces together and come up with a long winning streak. The cdds on the Angels, however, are necessarily long. They are far back in the lost column, and do not seem to have enough good pitching to go along with a fine hitting attack. This leaves it up to the big four, with the White Sox, Tigers the Twins and the Red Sox, because of their positions in the league the teams to beat, with anyone of the four capable of winning it by putting together a late winning streak of six or seven games. * * * + CF TK'IS GROUP, the White Sox are the oddest lot. They have depended on pitching and prayers to carry them along so far, and have had to endure a two-month hiatus from victory by Tommy John, who won nine games up to just after July 4, then had to take two weeks o f summer training and three weeks off because of an eye condition. The an-mic hitting of the White Sox might hurt them ccnsiderably, with the arms of the starting pitchers subject to tightening up and the many years of Hoyt Wilhelm capable of showing up at any point. The Twins and the Red Sox are the best balanced. In Jim Lonborg, the Bosox have an excellent starter, and the hitting, with Carl Yas- trzemski and George Scott supplying the long-range punch, perhaps the best of the four clubs. The Twins are also well-balanced. In Dean Chance they have the best pitcher in the league, and in Harmon Killebrew the guy who can break up a ball game with one flick of his power'ul wrists. The Twins are weak in the outfield, with Tony Oliva hitting below his season's average and third baseman Rich Rollins costing some games with his glove, but have Ron Kline, the premier relief pitcher ready to help out in the clutch. Â» * * * THE MYSTERY OF the league is the performance of the T gers. While Cal Ermer gets thrown out of games because h- blows up because of that catch-all, "the pressure," and Eddie Stanky, the temptuous Chisox pilot, claiming the pennant daily, then resorting to a wrestling match to save infielder Pete Ward from a possible three or five-day suspension. Both Ermer and Stanky have been hogging the headlines with their antics, while Dick Williams of the Red Sox has been available to all and sundry at the drop of a pencil. Meanwhile Mayo Smith keeps his Tigers close. He is count'ng on Norm Cash and Dick McAulif'e to help Al Kalme with the hitting, and on Joe Sparma. Denny McLam and Mickey Lolich to handle the pitching chores. Smith isn t saying much. Because he knows that the guy who keeps quiet might be able to save his team from the best opposing pitchers, and thus sneak to the pennant. And it just might happen. _ Cards, four AL Leaders Get Okay To Print Tickets NEW YORK (AP The St. Louis Cardinals and the top four teams in the American League, Minnesota, Boston, Chicago and Detroit, were given the green light to print World Series tickets Wednesday. Authorization was given by Baseball Commissioner William D. Eckert during a meeting also attended by presidents Joe Cronin of the American League and Warren Giles of the National. Representatives of the AL's top four clubs plus the Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds also were present. St. Louis ho'ds a commanding lead in the NL race. Unless there is a playoff for the American League championship, Eckert said the best-of- seven Series will start Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the ball prk of the AL pennant winner. The second game will also be played in the AL park the next day. Following an open date Friday, Oct. 6. the nÂ«rt t'irAP pames, assuming a fifth game is necessary, will be played in the park of the NL titleholder on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If a sixth and seventh games are necessary, they will be played in the AL park or. Wednesday. Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 12. All games will Â«tart 1 p.m. Tigers Win Two To Tie Twins, Bosox For Lead DETROIT (AP) -- Earl Wilson slammed a tie-breaking, two-run homer and became the major-leagues' first 20-game winner as Detroit beat Kansas City 6-3 to sweep a twi-night doubleheader Wednesday and move into a virtual three-way tie for first place in the American League. Detroit won the opener 8-5 as Eddie Mathews drove in three runs with a pair of homers, i giving him 507 for his career. The sweep tied the Tigers with idle Boston, one percentage point behind Minnesota, which lost to Cleveland 3-2. ] Wilson, 20-10, hit his fourth homer off reliever Paul Lind- biad, 5-8. with one on in the seventh inning of the nightcap, snapping a 2-2 tie the Tigers achieved on Lennie Green's first homer of the season in the fifth. Jerry Lumpe hit another De- ! iroit homer in the first, but the Vs managed a tie on Ramon Webster's 10th homer in the second and Danny Cater's single. Webster's double and an infield Â·'-ounder in the fourth. Mickey Stanley added an in, Durance run in the eight with his NEW YORK (AP) -- Green ries, was a tough blow. Joe like the best race of all. Los An-1 seventh homer and Don Wert Bay will win the Western Con- Schmidt has to pick between l geles, San Francisco and Balti-1 Â«neled home another run in the PLEASE KEEP OFF THE GREENS -- Members of the Chicago Bears football team workout Wednesday in their "office" the Tarn OShanter Country Club in Chicago, under the watchful eye of coach George Hallas, in AP Wirephoto golf cart, right, and trainer Ed Rozy. The country club is being broken up into an industrial site, but still provides plenty of grass and room for the Bears' practice sessions. A sand trap provides backdrop. Twilight Game Kansas City 000 022 001--5 8 0 Detroit 100 100 42x--8 11 0 Hunter, Krausse (7), Stafford 8) and Roof; McLain, Glad- aing (6), Lasher (8) and Freehan. W--Gladding, 5-4. L -Krausse, 7-15. Home runs --Kansas City, Webster (9), Green (5). Detroit, Mathews 2 (4). Night Game Kansas City 010 100 001--3 8 2 Detroit 100 010 22x--6 10 0 Rodriguez, Lindblad (7), Aker (8) and Suarez; Wilson and Freehan. W--Wilson, 20-10. L--Lindblad, 5-8. Home runs--Kansas City, Webster (10). Detroit, Lumpe (3-, Wilson ( 4 ) , Green (1), Stanley (7). To Jake Western Title Cleveland Nips Minnesota, 3-2 Packers Are Picked ference again after beating the : quarterbacks Karl Sweetan and more all have to be given a Los Angeles Rams in the con ference playoff Dec. 24 at Green Bay. If the Packers don't repeat, all the pro football sages might as well go out of business. Vince Lombardi's Packers are regard- Milt Plum one of these days. Bud 'Grant used the preseason games as an experiment, trying his new material. However, the Vikings do have a quarterback problem with Tarkenton missing. It will take Grant time to ed a sure thing in most presea- "Â«Â· Â« *'" Â«Â·Â« u . r . a " 1 lune . '" son nicks I 8 et tne Vikings in high gear but son picks. Green Bay appears to be the class of the Central Division in they should be troublesome by midseason. which it will compete against' Anv fteam . that Â£ as p al * Detroit, Minnesota and Chicago, three teams with grave problems. Although Baltimore is favored by most in the Coastal Division over San Francisco, Los An- ers in the line-up has to present a problem to a defense. That is why the Chicago Bears still have to be respected, despite that 66-24 thumping at the hands of Kansas City. Retirements geles and Atlanta, the pick here | and injuries shot the line-up full is George Allen and his Rams in of holes. a close finish with the 4ders. Baltimore needs another super year by John Unitas, who is 34 and beginning to show his age. Atlanta can make trouble oui hardly figures to be a threat. Here's the way it looks from here: Central 1. Green Bay 2. Detroit 3. Minnesota 4. Chicago Coastal 1. Los Angeles 2. San Francisco 3. Baltimore 4. Atlanta After the way the Packers The Coastal Division looks Perry Extends Scoreless Streak As Giants Win chance. Atlanta will be better than last year but not that good. Much depends on the health of Tommy Mason and Dick Bass, inning. The A's scored once in the ninth. Mathew's second homer, his Â·ourth since coming to Detroit who have been kept out of the i 'rom Houston Aug. 17. cam* 1 early Ram games. Willie Elli- j with Al Kaline on base and son, a fine rookie, and Les Josephson have been filling the gap. Roman Gabriel has fine targets in Jack Snow and Bernie Casey. The Rams' fearsome front four, even with giant Rosy Grier out of action, is still the basic strength of the club. Grier probably is through for the season because of a torn achilles icn- don of his right leg, suffered in a Friday night exhibition with the Kansas City Chiefs. moved him within four homers f-t Mel Ott. who is sixth on the all-time major league list. Yowkey Won't Threaten Boston To Get Stadium basebaU club wiu stay Dave Cahill will work with Boston, "so long as I have any- three of the originals, Deacon i thing to say about it," whether Jones, Merlin Olsen and Lamar the city gets a new stadium or Lundy. The Rams' linebacking j r , 0 t. is adequate, and the deep de- j "Stadium or no stadium, the fense is fair. I lied Sox won't move one inch The 49ers must sink or swim away from Boston so long as the on John Brodie's passing, the decision, if any, is mine," running of John David Crow and Yawkey told Record-American Ken Willard, and the catching of sports columnist John Gillooly Dave Parks. The loss of Kay Me- in an interview. Farland due to injuries will I "Of course, a stadium is a SAN FRANCISCO (AP) .'Jaylord Perry extended his [ hurt - Jack Christiansen has a necessity, don't get me wrong," -coreless streak to 14 innings I solid offensive line and an iln - Yawkey said. "Boston needs it ..coreless streak to 34 innings i proved defense with stan Hind . for _ what ' s the word, status- Â»vith a brilliant three-hitter that i man ready to ta k e over as a 3nd many other rea sons--for rarried San Francisco past ;egular. 'football, conventions and con- Houston 2-0 Wednesday. Baltimore's hopes hinge on presses and other things. I'll Perry. 12-15, who struck out Unitas' arm. Raymond Berry, campaign for it. If San Diego, a handled Dallas in their 20-3 pre- nine also capped the Giants' Jimmy Orr John Mackey ~nd little city, can have a stadium season game victory, even the two-run rally in the seventh rookie Ray Perkins will have to why can't we?" long shot players are afraid to ,vith a run-scoring single. catch a lot of passes. The run- Yawkey said earlier this year pick against Green Bay. ' The tall right-hander was ning game is not much. a new stadium was necessary to i Despite the loss of Jim Taylor '^cked in a scoreless duel with Defense is almost a religion keep major league baseball and and Paul Hornung, Lombard. Dave Guisti until the Giants with the Colts who gained a big football in Boston. However, he has Donny Anderson and Jim struck with two out in the sev- lift with th e addition of Buh^a denied that his statement con- Grabowski to take up the slac-t enth for their fifth straight vie- Smith to the offensive line. The stituted an ultimatum. and Bart Starr is still on the lory and Houston's seventh loss of Alvin Haymond is cosHv scene, backed by Zeke Bratkow- straight loss. The Falcons are ahead of M a r s h a l l I n k s Pact ski Hal Lanier singled and stole their 1966 schedule with Ranciv! NEW YORK ( A P ) Le r t As everybody must know by second and Bob Schroder sin- Johnson at the controls. Tom winger Don Marshall has signed this time, the true strength of aled him home. Schroder took Moore and Junior Coffev a.-e his 1967-68 contract with the New i the Packers is that tough defen- ^econd on an error on the play solid running threats. Tommy York Rangers the National sive unit. Even without injured nd Perry brought him home. Nobis is the solid man on -n Hockey League club said I innÂ£U A iHtMSiaA t nmr rv Â»Â·*Â»Â«? 0 tit Â»Â» t-f svtÂ«f*nÂ»* AAA A/kA AAA_ A * 1 i: j _ *Â· Â· -. . J . Â° MINNEAPOLJS-ST. P A U L (AP) -- Luis Tiant stopped Minnesota on seven hits and drove in two runs Wednesday, leading Cleveland to a 3-2 victory over the Twins. The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning when Tiant, 99, drove in two runs with a bases-filled single. After being held to three hits over the first five innings, Minnesota scored twice in the sixth Briles Pitches Cards Past Mets NEW YORK (AP) -- Nelson Briles pitched a five-hitter and scored tie tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, sparking the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets Wednesday night. Briles, who has won his last six decisions for an 11-5 mark, opened the eighth with a single off Mets right-hander Jack Fisher and continued to second when the ball got past left fielder Tommy Davis. Lou Brock sacrificed and was safe at first when Fisher bobbled the bunt. Briles then scored on Curt Flood's sacrifice fly, breaking a 1-1 deadlock and sending the Mets to their fifth straight loss. Mike Shannon gave the Cards an insurance run in the ninth with his llth homer. St. Louis 001 000 011--3 6 1 New York 000 100 000--1 5 2 Briles and McCarver; Sisher and Reynolds. W--Briles, 11-5 L--Fisher, 9-17. Home run -- St. Louis. Shannon (11). International League Governor's Cup Playoffs Richmond 3, Toledo 0 Richmond leads best-of-7 series l-O to close the gap to 3-2. Cesar Tovar started the uprising with a one-out single and advanced to second when Harmon Killebrew walked. A force out and a walk to Allison loaded the bases. Rod Carew then blooped a 'ingle over third base, scoring Fovar and Tony Oliva. Tiant settled down and got Russ Nixon on a foul fly to end the ra'ly. Dave Boswell, 12-10, took the i loss. Cleveland 000 300 000--3 9 0 Minnesota 000 002 000--2 7 l Tiant and Azcue; Boswell, Worthington (8) and Nixon. W-, Tiant, 9-9. L--Boswell, 12-10. Middletown Win* But Loses Toss i Middletown won the eame bit lost the seeding last night. i Middletown, which had worl- ied all season to get back inj chamoionshiD contention, final! managed a tie for second plac with a 10-4 five inning victor over Pleasant Walk, but thÂ« lost the coin toss. The coin toss allowed Mouit Airy to get the second seedirfc in the sudden-death plavoff th|t begins Sunday, and thus tfe home spot. Mount Airy will now play C e - gerstown, while Middletown w have to travel to Germantow The winners of the two gamt will then meet next Sunday f the playoff championship. i Middletown erupted for sevdVi runs in the second inning to di- feat Pleasant Walk. Rudell Ahalt allowed only five hits in trfe game, shortened to five frames by darkness. i Ahalt struck out seven art! walked one. The loser was BoÂ»- by Keller. Gary Wiles slammoJ a second inning homer for Plei- sant Walk. T Middletown 070 03--10 10 p Pleasant Walk 010 12-- 4 5 }2 R Ahalt and L. Ahalt; Kellar and Routzhan. ]i-oal time. , The ticket prices remain the ' Â«ame as in the most recent seasons--$12 for box seats, !8 for reserved grandstand. "54 for grandstand standing room and $2 for bleacher seats. In parks where there are pavilion seats, the price will be $6. Eckert said. Bob Holbrook, public relations lirector of the American League, who also attended the meeting, said procedure covering playoffs in his circuit will be , announced in about 10 days. i Under AL regulations, should two clubs tie for the lead, they would play a best-of-three series. If three teams tie, a maximum of five games could be r!ayed in a round-robin series in which teams losing two games would be eliminated. In the event of a four-way deadlock, two sets of best-of- three series will be played and the survivors then would play i another best-of-three set for the i Championship. Opponents in a three-game Â·*nd r our-Rame nl^voff would be '~cided by drawing lots. Tjsina Dead LEADVILLE. Colo. (AP) John J. Tisin*. 64. who once Ditched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League, i died at a Leadvilte hosoUal Tuesday of a brain hemorrhage Lionel Aldridge, they present a Houston strong front four, All-Pro line- 'an Fran. backers and a talented deep Giusti, Dukes (8), House secondary. The enemy scored ?nd Brand; Perrv and Haller. only 17 TDs against Green Bay W--Perry, 12-15. L--Giusti, 10- last year. Next best was the % 15. against Baltimore. The rest of the Central Division is pretty much of a scram- Game Cancelled ble. 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