AL Day 45: West All About Rickey & Royals

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Athletics 5, Mariners 3
The return of Rickey Henderson has put Oakland back in the race. They’ve played noticeably better since his comeback from injury. He paced the team in this game, scoring in his first three plate appearances while collecting an RBI double in his fourth. 3-for-4 with a walk and steal is just another day. Right behind him was Dwayne Murphy going 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBI.

Royals 6, Angels 4 (10 innings)
California mixed things up a bit, bringing Reggie Jackson in to play right field and moving Fred Lynn to center. But they continued to be snake-bit, falling in extra innings even after an exciting 2-run homer by Brian Downing (3rd) tied the game with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th. Never mind, as Doug Corbett (L 1-1) allowed a 2-RBI double to Steve Balboni with 2 out in the top of the 10th. That’s six straight losses for the Halos and Kansas City improves to 21-11 atop the AL West.

Blue Jays 6, Indians 4
Lloyd Moseby went 3-for-4 with a triple, 2 RBI and a stolen base to lead the Toronto offense in a win over the somehow-still-2nd-place Cleveland Indians. Jim Clancy went 6.2 innings for the win, improving to 3-6. Jimmy Key struck out 2 men in 1 inning of work for his 3rd save.

Yankees 13, Orioles 1
Hoo, boy… where do we start? Mike Flanagan fell to 1-6 with a 6.98 ERA on the season, allowing 7 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work for Baltimore. I try to stick to the rotations to get some realistic use out of teams when doing a replay, but I may have to make an exception here, because Flanny has been absolutely atrocious. Dave Winfield went 3-for-4 with a homer (5th), double, 3 RBI and a walk. Don Mattingly also homered (4th) and drove in four runs. It was New York’s 4th straight victory. Phil Niekro went the distance for the win, improving to 6-2 on the season.

Twins 9, Rangers 0
John Butcher tossed his 2nd shutout of the season while Minnesota’s lineup torched Dave Stewart and the Rangers. Tom Brunansky had three hits for the Twinkies.

Red Sox 5, Brewers 4
Milwaukee dropped it’s 10th straight, letting leads of 2-0 and 4-3 slip away. Bob McClure pitched well again – he took a 2.02 ERA into the game but just a 2-2 record thanks to the Brew Crew’s woeful offense that barely averages 3 runs a game. With the bases loaded in a tie game in the bottom of the 9th and nobody out, Milwaukee turned to Rollie Fingers who struck out Wade Boggs for the first out and then issued his first walk of the season to Dwight Evans, pushing the winning run across the plate. Bad time for that free pass.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Detroit Tigers           25    8  .758   -    W11
Cleveland Indians        21   15  .583   5.5  L 1
Boston Red Sox           19   15  .559   6.5  W 1
New York Yankees         18   15  .545   7    W 4
Toronto Blue Jays        15   18  .455   10   W 1
Baltimore Orioles        14   20  .412   11.  L 1
Milwaukee Brewers         7   26  .212   18   L10

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Kansas City Royals       21   11  .656   -    W 3
Oakland Athletics        20   15  .571   2.5  W 2
Minnesota Twins          19   17  .528   4    W 1
Seattle Mariners         17   17  .500   5    L 1
California Angels        15   19  .441   7    L 6
Chicago White Sox        13   19  .406   8    L 1
Texas Rangers            12   21  .364   9.5  L 4

TEAM STARS
==========

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .272, 16 RBI                  6-1, 1.27, 32 K         
BOS  Mike Easler                   Al Nipper                
     .301, 9 HR, 22 RBI            4-0, 1.84               
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .313, 18 RBI                  3-1, 3.15               
CHW  Harold Baines                 LaMarr Hoyt              
     .310, 4 HR, 15 RBI            6-2, 2.15, 35 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .336, 28 RBI, 6 SB            4-2, 1.76, 34 K         
DET  Kirk Gibson                   Dan Petry                
     .285, 10 HR, 35 RBI, 6 SB     7-1, 2.78, 36 K         
KCR  Willie Wilson                 Mark Gubicza             
     .296, 13 SB                   5-0, 1.86, 27 K         
MIL  Robin Yount                   Bob McClure              
     .258                          2-3, 2.68, 32 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .307, 7 HR, 24 RBI            5-3, 2.53               
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .302                          6-2, 3.06, 40 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .363, 4 HR, 18 RBI, 17 SB     8 Sv, 2.57              
SEA  Alvin Davis                   Jim Beattie              
     .246, 5 HR, 20 RBI            5-1, 2.56, 37 K         
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .310, 9 HR, 28 RBI            3-0, 1.75, 25 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .297, 6 HR, 18 RBI            4-3, 2.09, 44 K         

LEADERS
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BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .363
 2. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .341
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .336
    Griffey, Ken (NYY)             .336
 5. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .330
 6. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .329
 7. Mattingly, Don (NYY)           .328
 8. Johnson, Howard (DET)          .323
 9. Tabler, Pat (CLE)              .320
10. Puckett, Kirby (MIN)           .319

HOME RUNS
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                11
 2. Gibson, Kirk (DET)               10
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                35
    Gibson, Kirk (DET)               35
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)             29
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)              28
    Mattingly, Don (NYY)             28
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)             28

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)             17
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          17
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)               15

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Davis, Storm (BAL)             1.27
 2. Mason, Mike (TEX)              1.75
 3. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           1.76
 4. Nipper, Al (BOS)               1.84
 5. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.86
 6. Leal, Luis (TOR)               2.09
 7. Romanick, Ron (CAL)            2.11
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             2.15
 9. Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          2.21
10. Berenguer, Juan (DET)          2.25

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Morris, Jack (DET)              7-1
    Petry, Dan (DET)                7-1
 3. Davis, Storm (BAL)              6-1
 4. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              6-2
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)              6-2
    Smithson, Mike (MIN)            6-2

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Langston, Mark (SEA)             72
 2. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                58
 3. Witt, Mike (CAL)                 55
 4. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 45
 5. Leal, Luis (TOR)                 44

SAVES
 1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              8
    Caudill, Bill (OAK)               8
 3. Hernandez, Willie (DET)           7


SCHEDULE
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DET  25-8   Petry, D             (7-1, 2.78)
CHW  13-19  Hoyt, L              (6-2, 2.15)

CLE  21-15  Blyleven, B          (4-2, 1.76)
TOR  15-18  Leal, L              (4-3, 2.09)

OAK  20-15  McCatty, S           (1-2, 4.85)
SEA  17-17  Beattie, J           (5-1, 2.56)

KCR  21-11  Black, B             (3-5, 3.75)
CAL  15-19  Romanick, R          (2-4, 2.11)

MIN  19-17  Smithson, M          (6-2, 3.76)
TEX  12-21  Hough, C             (3-5, 5.65)

NYY  18-15  Guidry, R            (1-4, 6.69)
BAL  14-20  Davis, S             (6-1, 1.27)

MIL   7-26  Haas, M              (1-3, 3.89)
BOS  19-15  Nipper, A            (4-0, 1.84)
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