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Hunter's Replacement Hurls 3-Hitter for A's By BILL MADDEN UPI Sports Writer The Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A's, biggest losers to the New York Yankees in the off- season Catfish Hunter sweepstakes, issued a quickfire 1-2 salvo Thursday at those critics who wrote them off in the American League pennant races this year. For the Orioles, the answer to the Yankees and Hunter was an opening day shutout by Jim Palmer against the Detroit Tigers. For the three-time world champion A's, the immediate solution to a Hunterless pitching staff was a three-hit shutout from a 20-year old right-hander named Mike Norris, making his first major league start. Palmer, battling back from a 1974 season of arm trouble and a disappointing 7-12 record, launched the Orioles' 1975 defense of the American League East by limiting the Tigers to three hits in a cakewalk 100 victory by Baltimore. Norris, a skinny, but highly- touted rookie only two years Cavemen Take Baseball Lead American Fork, the Region Six champion in football and basketball, stands at the top of the baseball standings as well after the first week of action. The Cavemen defeated Lehi, 7-3. and Pleasant Grove, 5-0, for an unbeaten record. Jeff Barratt threw a three-hitter in Wednesday's win over the Vikings and Andy Burgess had a double to pace a nine hit attack. Two other teams are unbeaten in the early going. Both Carbon and Payson gained a victory during the week. The Dinos whipped Spanish Fork, 9-2, and the Lions nipped Springville in extra innings, 10-9. Carbon was scheduled to play at Payson Thursday but a heavy downpour of snow and rain forced postponement in the second inning. The game was rescheduled for 1 p.m. today unless the muddy field forces another postponement. Defending champion Uintah is bunched with two other teams at 1-1. The Utes were blanked by Pleasant Grove, 6-0, but bounced back Thursday with an 11-0 triumph at Lehi. Danny Gross hurled a four-hitter and got support from Duane Merrill's triple and Gary Huber's double. The game was delayed an hour due to snow and then called after five innings due to the 10- run rule. The soggy field bothered the Pioneers, who committed a rash of errors to hamper the pitching of Chip Atkinson. Thursday's other game saw Scott Johnson toss a two-hitter as Spanish Fork stopped Springville, 3-0. Jim Nelson drove in all three runs with a pair of hits and Clay Grant collected two of the other four hits off Kim Harris. The Dons scored once in the first and twice in the sixth to even their record at 1-1 and hand the Red Devils their second loss. A full slate of games will be played both Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Last year the Region Six teams competed in divisions. This year the top four teams advance to post-season play regardless of their geographical location. The first place team automatically qualifies for the 3-A state tournament at BYU as does the winner in Region Five. Second place from Region Five plays third place from Region Six for another spot. The final berth in the four-team tournament will be decided between second place from Region Six and the winner of a game between fourth place in Region Six and third place in Region Five. After the first week of action, the standings are as follows: REGION SIX Team W L Pet. American Fork 2 0 1.000 Carbon 1 0 1.000 Payson 1 0 1.000 Pleasant Grove 1 1 .500 Spanish Fork 1 1 .500 Uintah 1 1 .500 Lehi 0 2 .000 Springville 0 2 .000 Tuesday's Results: Pleasant Grove 6, Uintah 0 American Fork 7, Lehi 3 Carbon 9, Spanish Fork 2 Payson 10, Springville 9 Wednesday's Result: American Fork 5, Pleasant Grove 0 Thursday's Results: Spanish Fork 3, Springville 0 Uintah 11, Lehi 0 Carbon at Payson, postponed, rain Tuesday's Games: American Fork at Uintah Lehi at Pleasant Grove Payson at Spanish Fork Thursday'! Games: Springville at Uintah Carbon at Lent Payson at Pleasant Grove Spanish Fork at American Fork Major League Standings By United Press International American League East Pet- Baltimore Cleveland Milwaukee Boston Detroit New York I. 01.000 01.000 g.b. .500 .500 .000 .000 West w. 1. 2 1 pet .667 .667 .500 .500 .333 .333 1 1 g.b. \4nnesota Oakland 2 1 California 1 1 Kansas City 1 1 Chicago 1 2 .333 1 Texas 1 2 .333 1 Thursday's Results Baltimore 10 Detroit 0 Oakland 9 Chicago 0 Texas 5 Minnesota 4, night Today's Games (All Times EOT) Cleveland (J. Perry 17-12) at Milwaukee (Champion 11-4). 2:30 p.m. Boston (Wise 3-4) at Baltimore (CueUar 22-10), 2 p.m. Detroit (Lolich 16-21) at New York (rtrter 25-21 2 p.m. Chicago (Osteen 9-11) at California (Ryan 22-16), 4 p.m. Oakland (Abbott 5-7) at Texas (Hands 20), 9 p.m. Minnesota (Albury 8-9) at Kansas Qty (FiUmorris 1M), 8:30 p.m. Saturday's Games Oakland at Texas Boston at Baltimore Detroit at New York Cleveland at Milwaukee Minnesota at Kansas Qty Chicago at California National League East West ICO i w. 1 2 1 1 1 0 w. 3 1 2 1 0 0 1. pet 01.000 1 .667 1 .500 1 .500 2 .333 1 .000 1. pet. 01.000 01.000 1 .667 2 .333 1 .000 3 .000 g.b. — _ '/2 '/i 1 1 g.b. — 1 1 2 2 3 Pittsburgh St. Louis New York Philadelphia Montreal Chicago Cincinnati San Franc tfcuston Atlanta San Diego Los Angeles Thursday's Results Philadelphia 3 New York 2, 11 inn. Pittsburgh 8 Chicago 4 St. Louis 7 Montreal 2 Onctanata 7 Los Angeles 6 San Francisco 2 San Diego 0 Friday's Games (All Times EOT) Montreal (Blair 11-7) at Chicago (Reuschel 13-12), 2:30 p.m. New York (Koosman 15-11) at Pittsburgh (Reuss 16-11), 2:35 p.m. Atlanta (Niekro 0-1) at San Francisco (D'Acquisto 12-14), 4:05 p.m. St. Louis (McGlothen 16-12) at Philadelphia (Twitchell 6-9), 8:05 p.m. Los Angeles (Sutton (H)) at Houston (Dierker 1-0), 8:35 p.m. Cincinnati (Norman 13-12) at San Diego (Freisleben 9-14), 10 p.m. Saturday's Games St. Louis at Philadelphia Montreal at Chicago Atlanta at San Francisco Los Angeles at Houston, night OnonnaU at San Diego, night removed from high school, stepped in admirably for Oakland where Hunter left off last year in pitching the A's to a 9-Q rout of the Chicago White Sox. In the only other American League game, Texas squeaked past Minnesota 5-4. In National League action, Philadelphia edged the New York Mets 32 in 11 innings, St. Louis ripped Montreal 7-2, Pittsburgh beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4, Cincinnati shaded Los Angeles 7-6 and San Francisco downed San Diego 20 in 10 innings. "I'd have to say this is one of my better games," said Palmer, "but how can you tell in a 1W) game. I don't know if I'd make the same pitches in a close game. I'm always worried about the nerve injury to my arm because of the type of injury it is. 1 thought for a while I might have to undergo an operation and the thought of that scares me." It would surely scare the Orioles too, who are counting on Palmer to make up the difference for the Yankees' acquistion of Hunter. Meanwhile, it was Lee May, Baltimore's foremost off-season acquisition, who provided Palmer with the most support Thursday, belting a three-run homer in his first American League at-bat. Palmer, who struck out four and walked none in the first test of his 74 sore arm, retired the first 12 batters he faced before ex-National Leaguer Nate Colbert singled for Detroit. Besides May's home run support, Don Baylor had four hits and three RBIs and Brooks Robinson also drove in a pair of runs. In Oakland, Norris drew raves in his major league debut and it could be that Charles 0. Finley has lucked out once again in finding the key piece for his ever- troubled A's. "If Hunter hadn't left, I doubt if I'd have gotten the chance at the start of the season," said the poised, 6-2, 172-pound Norris after his stunning debut. "I wanted to pitch well because my mother was there watching me." Said A's manager Alvin Dark: "We knew he had the ability and for him to pitch so well in his first big league game shows what kind of a kid he is. I'd have to say he's the best-looking 20-year old kid I've ever seen. I think we have found a kid who is going to make us forget Catfish." A three-run homer by Reggie Jackson in the third inning off loser Stan Bahnsen was all the support Norris needed. 89th Ward Hopes Score Won't Continue It was a bit ironic last night when the BYU 89th Ward defeated the BYU 79th Ward 89-79. Last night the unusual numbers game stood the 89th Ward in good stead, but tonight the 89th Ward, too bad, must play the BYU 104th Ward. The two teams meet in the championship of the LDS Intermountain Area South College Division basketball tournament at the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse at 9 p.m. At 7:30 BYU 110th will meet BYU 79th for third and fifth place and at 6 p.m. SUSC will play Dixie for the consolation title. In last night's action SUSC defeated College of Eastern Utah 69-50 and Dixie downed Snow, Coupon Lane Brown of the BYU 79th leads the tournament scorers with 61 points in two games while Bob Seamans of BYU 89th has 60 counters. HEATHMAN-BROWN SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER Service Dept. Special Lube & Oil Change Lube & Oil Change C L/GfJI. \J[J^ $485 VISIT OUR NEW REVITALIZED SERVICE DEPARTMENT The Name i$ Nev^ - The Policy is New - The Service is New The location the Same WITH THIS AD 175 North 1 st West-Provo WITH THIS AD Friday, April 11. 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 7 Barnett Sparks 3 Knicks, 106-96 MIKE NORRIS, a skinny 20-year-old righthander for the Oakland A's, pitched a three-hit shutout in his first major league game as the A's routed the White Sox, 9-0. Salt Lake Gains Win By United Press International Don't look for another record barrage of homers at Sacramento's Hughes Stadium this season. There were 491 hit in the tiny park last season but the left field wall has been moved 18 feet farther from home plate and the games may be respectable as a result. Only Mike Cubbage of Spokane and Art Kusnyer of Sacramento connected as PCL play opened Thursday night with a 7-2 Spokane victory. Cubbage and Dave Moates had three hits apiece while Rick Waits tossed the seven-hit win. The night's serious slugging instead took place at Phoenix where catcher Bob Allietta had two hits and a sacrifice fly in a 12-4 Salt Lake win over the Giants. Ron Jackson of Salt Lake added three hits and two RBIs. Jim Todd hurled eight shutout innings to lead Tucson past Albuquerque 4-2 although the Dukes tried to rally with two in the ninth off reliever Gary Timberlake before Mike Barlow was called in to stop the uprising. Buffalo Defeats Bullets, 113-102 Salt Lake T\jcson Albuquerque Ftoerix East West I. pet. g.b. 01.000 0 01.000 0 1 .000 1 1 .000 1 w. 1 1 0 0 Spokane Tacoma Hawaii Sacramento Thursday's Results Tucson 4 Albuquerque 2 Salt Lake 12 Phoenix 4 Tacoma 5 Hawaii 3 Spokane 7 Sacramento 2 I. pet. 0 .000 01.000 1 .000 1 .000 LANDOVER, Md. (UPI) Bob McAdoo scored 35 points Thursday night against Washington but it was the Buffalo Braves' speed and team defense which surprised the Bullets in the opening game of their NBA playoff. The Braves downed the Bullets 113-102 in a game in which McAdoo stopped Elvin Hayes and took advantage of turnovers to produce a devastating second half fast break. "We forced them to shoot quickly and we blocked shots," said Braves Coach Jack Ramsay. "We filled the lanes and ran our fast break well. When we do all those things, we're playing our game." The victory gives the Braves a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series which now moves to Buffalo for game two on Saturday. And according to Ramsay, it will be even tougher to win at home. "This win confirmed the fact we could beat them when it counts but we've got to do it three more times and each game it becomes tougher," Ramsay said. McAdoo's 35 points were a season high for him against the Bullets but both the league's Most Valuable Player and his coach preferred to downplay his point total. "Bob scored a good 35 points," said Ramsay. "He moved well, went to the offensive boards, gave the ball up, but most importantly, generated our whole offense. When the Bullets tried to concentrate on him he found someone else to score." That someone was either Randy Smith or Gar Heard, who both finished with 24 points and accounted for 17 third quarter points. The Braves outscored Washington 30-18 in the third period to move from' a 56-52 halftime deficit to an 82-74 lead which they continued to expand in the final quarter. BUFFALO (113) Heard 11 2-3 24, McMillian 4 1-2 9, \fcAdoo 14 3-5 35, Charles 2 (M) 4, Smith 7 10-11 24, Marin 0 2-2 2, Winfield 1 0-0 2, Weiss 5 1-1 11, Washington 1 <H> 2. Schlueter 0 (H) 0. Totals 47 19-24 113. WASHINGTON (1021 Hayes 8 4^ 20, Hiordan 3 2-2 8, Unseld 4MB, Chenier 9 5^ 23, Porter 6 4-1 16, \Vfeatherspoon 4 M 13, Jones 2 2-2 6, Kbzelko 2 2-2 6, Robinson 1 (H) 2. Totals 39 24-28 102. Buffalo 29233031-113 WasMngton 26301828-102 NEW YORK (UPI) - Jim Barnett came off the bench Thursday night to act as a shield but ended up playing the mace. New York Knicks Coach Red Holtzman threw Barnett into the game to serve as a defensive foil for Houston's Calvin Murphy, who was running wild and Pistons Even Series With Supersonics DETROIT (UPI) -Coach Ray Scott of the Detroit Pistons has his bags "packed for the week." That means he fully expects Detroit to duplicate its victory over Seattle, though perhaps not as soundly as Thursday night's 122-106 score, and remain on the west coast for games Monday and Wednesday against Golden State. "They'll think they have the edge in being at home and I think we'll have the edge in the better team," Scott said of Saturday night's deciding game in the best-of-three playoff qualifying series. The season ends for the loser of that game while the winner tries the Warriors in a best-of-seven series. George Trapp scored 24 points, got 14 rebounds and five Detroit players got 17 points or more for the Pistons. Fred Brown scored 30 coming off the bench again to lead Seattle while rookie center TomBurlesongot22. The Pistons did everything right they did wrong in Tuesday's 90-77 loss on the Sonics' floor: they ran, rebounded, worked the ball up front and shot well. "We could have played that game in Paducah, Ky., and won," Scott said, discounting the advantage of playing in front of 10,490 friendly fans. "This is it for us—and we've got a team that wants to play basketball." "We just played bad defense," Seattle Coach Bill Russell said. "We'll have to make adjustments and carry out the assignments." SEATTLE (106) Haywood, 4 2-2 10, Gray 3 1-1 7, Burleson 11 M 22, Clark 7 2-2 16, Watts 6 M 15, Skimer 1 M 2, Brown 14 2-2 30, Hummer 0 (W 0, Fox 0 M 0, Tolson 1 2-2 4, Derline 0 00 0. Totals 47 12-15 106. DETROIT (1O) Rowe 9 4-8 22, Trapp 10 4-5 24, Lanier 7 M 17, Bing 11 2-3 24, Ford 3 (M) 6, Porter 7 1-2 15, Mengelt 3 3-4 9. Davis 1 3-3 5, Ligon 0 (H) 0. Totals 51 20-30 122. Seattle 24S9M-1M Detroit 33 M » ZS-122 Total fouls: Seattle 26, Detroit 16. A: 10,490. scoring at will while matching first quarter dribbles with Ear! Monroe. Not only did Barnett put the clamps on Murphy, he ignited the New York fast break and sent the Knicks off to a 106-96 victory to tie their best-of-three Eastern Conference qualifying series at one game apiece. Game three will be played Saturday at Houston. Murphy scored six of his team's first eight points and nine of 15 in the first quarter before Barnett was inserted with orders to plug the faucet. "He's like a fly," said Barnett. "You just try to contain him ... there's no way you can stop him." But contain him Barnett did, holding the pepperpot guard to seven points in the second quarter and four in the entire second half. And as an extra bonus, Barnett showed some offensive punch by ripping off 15 points, including four uncontested layups in the second quarter, as the Knicks time and again caught the Houston guards crashing the boards and naked defensively. Barnett triggered New York explosions at the close of both the second and third quarters as the Knicks opened leads of up to 18 points before the intermission and 21 points in the third period. "Running is my game," Barnett explained. "I know my limitations. I've got to run to stay in this league. If I'm going to the basket on a two-on-one, nine times out of ten I'll get the man in. This is the way I've played for nine years and there's no reason to change now. "If I could do other things as well my name wouldn't be Jim Barnett—it would be Jerry West." Barnett for the first time in a long time logged more game time than Monroe, playing one more minute and scoring one more point. He added four rebounds and a pair of assists for good measure. Walt Frazier lead New York with 26 points while Rudy Tomjanovich exploded for 14 second half points to pace Houston with 22. HOtOTON<») Hatleff 5 1-1 11, Tomjanovich 10 2-3 22, Kurmert 33-59, Murphy 7 6-7 20, Newiin' 3 2-2 8, Bailey 1 4-5 6, Hawes 3 (H) 6. Riley 3 3-7 9, Abdul-Aziz 0 1-2 1, Wohl 2 M 4. Totals 37 22-32 96. NEW YORK (108) Bradley 3 2-2 8, Jackson 4 4-4 12, Gianelli 4 2-2 10, Frazier 12 2-2 26, Monroe 4 64 14, Bamett 5 5-5 15, Wingo 5 M 13, Walk 3 (M) 6, Davis 1 04 2, Bell (M) 0. Totals 41 24-29 106. 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