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MMIl'll.'M.'IfP : un wlf'?",f"',''", ' EAST W L Pet. GB WEST W L Pet. GB ! New York 53 31 .831 Kansas City 54 32 .628 ' Baltimore 42 42 .500 11 Texas 44 41 .518 9', '. Detroit 40 41 .494 ll'j Oakland 44 43 .506 10 ; Boston 41 43 .488 12 Minnesota 40 45 .471 13', Cleveland 38 43 .469 13" '2 Chicago 39 45 .464 14 I Milwaukee 34 46 .425 17 California 35 54 .393 202 FRIDAY'S RESULTS DETROIT I, Oakland 0, 11 innings. KANSAS CITY 5-2, BOSTON 1-1: Paul Splittorff fired a ! three-hitter to tie a club record with his seventh straight victory in the first game and Al Fitzmorris (11-5) tossed a 1 five-hitter in the second as the Royals swept the Bosox in a ; douhleheader at Kansas City. Buck Martinez helped Splittorff, now 10-6, with a two-run double and John Mayberry broke up the Fitzmorris-Rick Wise pitching duel with a two-I run double in the sixth. The two runs batted in pushed Mayberry to an American League-leading total of 60 for the season. BALTIMORE 5, CALIFORNIA 4: Te Orioles pushed their winning streak to six and Wayne Garland ran his season record to 11-1 with some timely hitting help from 39-year-old Brooks Robinson, who had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Nolan Ryan took the loss, his 11th in 18 decisions. NEW YORK 3, TEXAS 0: Ken Holtzman tossed a two-hitter for his second straight shutout as the Yankees handed Texas its ninth loss in a row at the expense of Bert Blyleven (6-12). Holtzman, (8-fi) got help from Graig Nettles who singled home Chris Chambliss for single runs in both the fourth and eighth innings. ; t CLEVELAND 7, MINNESOTA 6: The Indians broke a five-game losing streak as Pat Dobson (11-7) got the win. Loser Bill Singer dropped to 8-5. CHICAGO 5, MILWAUKEE 2: The White Sox scored three unearned runs in the fourth to give Bart Johnson (8-8) the win. Jerry Augustine (2-7) was the victom of second baseman Tim Johnson's two-out boot. SATURDAY'S GAMES Oakland (Norris 2-2) at DETROIT (Ruhle 5-5), 8:00 p.m. California (Tanana 10-6) at Baltimore (May 6-6), 7:30 p.m. Boston (Tiant 10-6) at Kansas City (Hassier 0-6), 2:25 p.m. Channel Q. Cleveland (Bibby 4-2) at Minnesota (Redfern 2-5), 9:00 p.m. Milwukee (Colborn 5-10) at Chicago (Gossage 5-7), 9:00 p.m. New York (Ellis 10-4) at Texas (Umbarger 7-6), 9 p.m. THURSDAY'S RESULTS TJETROIT 3, Oakland 2, 11 innings. Chicago 5, Milwaukee 3, 10 innings. New York 7-6, Texas 6-4. Kansas City 12-1, Boston 5-2. Baltimore 4, California 0. Minnesota 5, Cleveland 2. DETROIT FREE PRESS Saturday, July 17. '73 3-B EAST Philadelphia Pittsburgh Hew York St. Louis Chicago Montreal W L Pet. GB 57 26 .687 48 35 .578 9 47 43 .522 132 37 47 .440 20i2 36 49 .424 22 26 53 .329 29 WEST W L Cincinnati 54 32 Los Angeles 48 39 San Diego 44 45 Houston 43 45 Atlanta 40 47 S Francisco 36 53 Pet. GB .614 .552 5'2 .494 IOI2 .489 11 .460 13VJ .404 l2 FRIDAY'S RESULTS ' PITTSBURGH 7, ATLANTA 2: Richie Zisk hit a two-run homer in the Pirates' five-run first inning and Willie Stargell I followed with a two-run blast of his own in the second inning '' to make Jerry Reuss' ninth victory against five losses possi-y, ble. Andy Messersmith, now 9-8, was the loser for Atlanta. HOUSTON 4, NEW YORK 3: Larry Dierker, who pitched a I;, no-hitter in his last start, was touched for three hits and a run in the first inning but the Astros scored four times in the ' fourth inning including a three-run homer by Bob Watson J... to give him his ninth win against eigiu losses. Jon Matlack took the loss to slip to 10-3. CINCINNATI 4, MONTREAL 3: Joe Morgan scored the ; game-tying run in the 10th inning when Expos' catcher Jose , Morales dropped a throw from the outfield and, after a walk ' and single by Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion singled home tne winning run. Morgan had sent the game into extra innings with a solo homer his 15th of the year in the , eighth inning. ST. LOUIS 4, SAN DIEGO 2: Randy Jones (16-4) took the , loss as the Padres dropped their sixth straight. Ted Sim-1" mons drove in three runs and Lynn McGlothen (8-8) got the -'win. SAN FRANCISCO 1, PHILADELPHIA 0: Bobby Murcer's ', - C. homer in the bottom of the ninth won it for Ed Halicki (8-11). y- Jim Kaat (9-4) was the loser. Chicago at Los Angeles, night. SATURDAY'S GAMES .'Atlanta (Ruthven 10-8) at Pittsburgh (Klson 7-4), 2:15 p.m. St. Louis (Denny 4-4) at -San Diego (Freisleben 5-6), 4:00 p.m. Houston (Anduiar e5) at New York (Seaver 9-5), 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia tUitfierwood 5-1) at San Francisco (Montefusco T 7-8), 4:uo Montreal (Fryman 8-6) at Cincinnati (Zachry 7-3), 7:00 p.m. 1 thicago (Stone 1-1) at Los Angeles (Rhoden 8-0), 8:00 p.m. vi THURSDAY'S RESULTS Philadelphia 5, San Fran. 3. iNew York 3, Houston 1. -Pittsburgh 3, Atlanta 1. Montreal 4, Cincinnati 3. St. Louis 2, San Diego 1. Los Angeles 5, Chicago 2. Batting LeFlore 6aub Horton freehan Johnson Wockenfuss Meyer Stanley Oglivie FJodriguei Kimm Thompson Veryzer Garcia Scrivener Manuel pitchers Totals . Includes SB R H RBI 2B 3B HR US SO SB E hi. 312 52 102 28 15 A 2 24 69 30 7 .327 291 38 89 48 17 2 A 43 17 2 3 .306 162 21 48 35 5 0 7 22 22 0 0 .296 108 12 32 9 3 0 2 7 13 0 3 .296 25 2 7 110 0 0 1 00 .280 279 27 7 6 3 3 9 2 5 6 33 12 1 .272 68 !3 18 6 5 0 2 13 9 0 9 .265 142 24 37 9 6 2 1 9 9 1 2 .261 73 14 19 8500 5- 7 0? .260 116 15 30 15 6 0 6 6 15 3 1 .259 307 25 78 33 9 1 6 10 37 0 6 .254 82 5 19 3 i 0 0 5 13 ? 4 .232 233 27 53 37 7 0 12 35 38 0 6 .227 224 21 49 20 3 1 1 13 24 0 10 .219 209 23 43 18 11 2 ? 7 38 3 11 .206 75 8 15 4 3 1 0 8 8 0 6 .200 36 4 6 21003715 .167 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 01. 000 2758 329 722 306 108 18 51 221 352 57 82 .262 41 games with Milwaukee. Pilchi O H l CG Sv. IP H R F.R BB SO ERA Pidrych 10 2 11 0 H2'3 86 23 20 26 48 1 60 Hitler 8 4 0 7 65V3 49 26 24 .41 71 3.29 Roberts 9 8 10 0 U6V3 120 56 53 33 45 3.49 Lemanciyk 1 1 0 0 17 21 7 7 5 11 3.71 Ruhle 5 5 2 0 107V3 114 53 46 34 56 3.84 ' MacCormack 0 3 0 0 26 27 15 12 21 13 4.15 TLaxton 0 4 0 2 48' 38 30 26 2? 39 44 , Bare 3 5 10 66V3 82 49 37 30 34 5.00 Crawford 0 3 0 1 39 50 29 24 17 30 5.45 Grilli 2 1 0 2 40 46 33 28 25 25 6.30 a-Totals 40 41 25 12 726 711 365 313 288 410 3.81 -Totals include released and traded players and pitchers' errors. I Cricket Club Vs. Jamaica iThe Michigan Cricket Club games to be played starting at twill, play host to the touring 12:30 p.m. each day Pontiac's cricket team from Jamaica Eastern Junior High School, both Saturday and Sunday in E. Pike at Francis. Willie Roars for The Bird BY BRIAN BRAGG frf Press Sports Writer The script hasn't changed. The star remains the same. Only the supporting cast is different. Friday night it was Willie Horton who came through to give Mark (The Bird) Fidrych another Tiger Stadium victory. Hor-ton's single to score Ron LeFlore gave The Bird his third 11th-inning victory, and it was a masterpiece. Fidrych, who has thrilled the baseball world both with his antics and his ability, subdued the Oakland A's, 1-0, and in the process proved himself a fierce competitor. In the sixth inning, Fidrych shrugged off some stalling tactics and threatening gestures by Oakland rightfielder Claudell Washington, gestures which emptied both benches and promised to turn into violence before cooler heads prevailed. The Bird, who had been made to wait some 40 seconds while Washington rubbed dirt on his hands between pitches, brushed back the A's strong man. Washington then started toward the mound, but catcher Bruce Kimm intervened before Washington had traveled 15 feet. "I just wanted to see if he was throwing at me," said Washington. "If he was, then I was ready to fight him." "Bleep Claudell Washington," said Fidrych later in the jubilant Tiger clubhouse. "Yes, I intended to come inside with the pitch," he continued. "I didn't intend to hit him, but I wanted it inside. But why should I try to hit him in a nothing-nothing game?" It was The Bird first of that kind in the major leagues, and he couldn't have handled it better. After the field cleared, he go Washington on a grounder to third. He struck out Washington in the eighth, much to the delight of the 45,905 fans though Claudell got a measure of revenge with a lOth-inning single. The Bird is now 10-2, but he considers himself 1-0. "This is just the start of the second half," he said, hopping across the clubhouse to grab a beer. "I got a hair cut, see? That's to start the second half new . . . this isn't the end of the season, this is only the second half." Kimm said the hyperactive righthander had "as good stuff as ever. He was really throwing hard tonight." Kimm, who genned down two Oakland runners attempting to steal, called The Bird "an amazing pitcher." "The fans didn't see him in die All-Star Game," said Kimm, referring to The Bird's less-than-successful two-inning stint at Philadelphia earlier this week. "That wasn't him, he's a better pitcher than that." In both the ninth and 11th innings, LeFlore led off with singles. He was advanced both times by sacrifices and both times the A's had walked Rusty Staub to get to Horton. Did that make Willie mad, that the A's showed him so little respec? "Naw," replied Horton. "But the first time I went up there too impatient (he popped up). The second time I just pretended Rusty got a single. "This whole game's just make-believe to me, anyway." Bird Wins 10th in 11th, 1-0 Continued from First Sports Fidrych. "It wasn't that far inside," insisted Fidrych, "but it sure made him mad. I told him if he wanted to do something about it to come and get me. But I knew I had my teammates out there with me. I was just waiting on the mound for him. I had the ball." Washington said he never had any intention of actually charging the mound. "I just wanted to see whether he was throwing at me or not," explained the Oakland outfielder. "He pointed at me and he said something, then he threw the ball two feet inside. I didn't know if he was talking to the ball or to me. But he's a helluva pitcher and I don't have anything against him." Until the 11th, the Tigers had accomplished even less against Torrez than the A's did againts Fidrych. Aurelio Rodriguez was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple in the third . . . Rusty Stsiub tripled after two were out in the seventh . . . and Torrez put two Tigers on base at the same time for the first time, in the eighth when he hit Alex Johnson and gave up a single to Pedro Garcia. THE TIGERS got rid of Torrez in the ninth when LeFlore lined a single off his right arm. But his replacement, All-Star reliever Rollie Fingers was equally otugh. After Tom Veryzer bunted LeFlore into scoring position, OAKLAND DETROIT b r h bl ab r h W North cf 5 0 3 0 LePlort ct 5 12 0 MAIindr or 0 0 0 0 Vervzer it 3 0 0 0 Haney c 0 0 0 0 Staub rt 10 10 BWillams dh 1 0 0 0 Norton dh 5 0 11 Linlz pr 0 0 0 0 JThmsn lb 4 0 0 0 McMullen dh 1 0 0 0 AJohnson If 3 0 10 Baylor rf 5 0 0 0 ARodrsei 3b 4 0 1 0 Rudl If 5 0 2 0 PGarcia 2b 3 0 10 Bando 3b 4 0 0 0 Oslivi oh 10 0 0 Tenace lb 4 0 0 0 Wocknful c 0 0 0 0 CWingtn cf 4 0 10 Kimm c 3 0 0 0 Garner 2b 4 0 10 Meyer oh 10 0 0 Sandl ss 3 0 0 0 Scrivener 2b 0 0 0 0 MTorrei 0 0 0 0 0 Fidrych p 0 e 0 0 Fingers p 0 0 0 0 Total 34 0 7 0 Total 35 1 7 I One out when winning run scored. Oakland 000 000 0O0 00- 0 Detroit 000 000 OOO 01- I E C.Washlngln, WocKenfusi. DP Detroit 2. LOB-Oakland 7, Detroit 0. ?B A.Rodriguez. 3B Staub. SB M Alexnder. S Veryier 2. IP H R ER BBSO M Torrez I 5 0 0 0 3 Fingers (t.5-6) 2 1-3 2 1 1 2 I Fidrych (W.10-2) II J 0 0 4 S HBP by M.Torrei (A.Johnson). T 2:2. A-4S.W5. Fingers purposely walked Staub prefering to pitch to Horton. And Willie popped the ball up. The 11th inning followed much the same script, as LeFlore began the inning by beating out an infield single to short. Again Veryzer laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Fingers again walked Staub to get to Horton. But this time Horton, playing only his second game since he went on the disabled list June 6, came through with a clutch Bird-saving single to left. "The first time, I was trying too hard," admitted Horton, referring to the situation on the ninth. "The second time I just told myself to think like Rusty had gotten a single. What the hell, I haven't been up here 13 yaers for nothing." The crowd, though twice as large as the Tigers would have drawn if Fidrych hadn't been pitching, was down slightly from his three previous performances at home. But it brought his personal attendance ottal for the last four games to 195,855. 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