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AL Day 13: Angels Avoid Sweep in Oakland

Gary Pettis

Gary Pettis

Angels 9, Athletics 8 (10 innings)
With a 7-3 lead headed into the bottom of the 8th inning and Mike Witt on the mound, things looked like a sure thing for California. But things didn’t turn out as expected. Witt loaded the bases to start the inning and the Halos went to Luis Sanchez to try and close it out. Sanchez had blown a save in the first game of the series and the hope was that he could turn things around. It didn’t go well. Sanchez allowed a 2-run double to Tony Phillips and then a 2-run homer to Rickey Henderson. Game tied. Thankfully for the Angels, in the 10th inning Bob Boone led off with a walk, moved up a base on a Rob Picciolo sacrifice, and then scored on a Gary Pettis base hit. Bruce Kison made his first appearance of the season for California, throwing a perfect inning for the save. Pettis, who had been off to a rough start, reached base four times and had a pair of stolen bases, improving to a .172 batting average with a .314 on base percentage. The Athletics’ Dwayne Murphy came up with an injury for the second time already this season and will miss a pair of games. He’s hitting .308 with a pair of homers and 9 RBI this year. Jeff Burroughs replaced him in the outfield, going 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts; he’s now 0-for-10 with 5 whiffs.

Tigers 15, Indians 0
Well that was impressive. Dan Petry becomes the first American League pitcher to rack up three wins, improving to 3-0 behind a 8-hit shutout of Cleveland. Detroit amassed 18 hits, including the first homers of the year for Alan Trammell, Dave Bergman and Ruppert Jones. Trammell finished 4-for-5 and is hitting .463 on the season. For Cleveland, Neal Heaton (L 1-1) took the loss and has a 9.39 ERA across three starts. Starting catcher Jerry Willard was to have the day off but instead threw 1.1 innings of relief, allowing a solo homer to Trammell. With 5.5 runs per game, Detroit has the top offense in the AL. Their 3.5 runs allowed per game are 3rd best in the AL. Yet even with those numbers together, they are now just 5-5, 4th place in the AL East and 1.5 games behind the Jays. It’s still fairly early in the project here, so it will be interesting to see if these run totals continue and their record starts to improve. Meanwhile, the Tribe is 6-5 but has a negative run differential. Go figure.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 3
Boston and Chicago engage in another close battle, with LaMarr Hoyt continuing to throw unpredictable great games. Hoyt led the AL in 1984 with 18 losses and had a bloated 4.47 ERA. But in this project, after 3 starts, he has a 0.67 ERA, completing all 3 of those games. He takes his first loss in this one, with Bruce Hurst also going the distance to pick up the Boston win. Carlton Fisk homered in his first two at bats for Chicago, having entered the game 1-for-17. Boston scored 3 unearned runs in the 3rd inning to move ahead 3-1. In the 9th, tied up 3-3, Mike Easler tripled to lead off, then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Bill Buckner. Scott Fletcher led off the Chicago 9th with a base hit, moving up to 2nd on a sacrifice. But Rudy Law and Fisk each flew out to Rice in left, ending the game. Boston improved to 5-4, moving into 2nd place in the East and 1 back of the Jays. Chicago drops their 4th straight and falls below .500 to 4-5.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Toronto Blue Jays         6    3  .667   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox            5    4  .556   1    W 2
Cleveland Indians         6    5  .545   1    L 2
Detroit Tigers            5    5  .500   1.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         4    5  .444   2    W 1
Baltimore Orioles         4    5  .444   2    W 1
New York Yankees          4    5  .444   2    W 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics         7    4  .636   -    L 1
California Angels         5    4  .556   1    W 1
Minnesota Twins           5    6  .455   2    L 1
Chicago White Sox         4    5  .444   2    L 4
Kansas City Royals        4    5  .444   2    L 1
Texas Rangers             4    5  .444   2    L 1
Seattle Mariners          3    5  .375   2.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Eddie Murray                  Scott McGregor           
     .324, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.60               
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .343, 5 HR, 9 RBI             1-1, 1.80, 13 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .250, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 2.88, 17 K         
CHW  Vance Law                     LaMarr Hoyt              
     .267, 2 HR, 7 RBI             2-1, 0.67, 15 K         
CLE  Brett Butler                  Bert Blyleven            
     .292, 3 SB                    2-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .463, 7 RBI, 4 SB             3-0, 1.21, 10 K         
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .286, 4 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 1.38               
MIL  Mark Brouhard                 Rollie Fingers           
     .600, 1 HR                    2 Sv, 0.00, 7 K         
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .386, 3 HR, 8 RBI             2-1, 1.93, 9 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .303                          2-1, 3.57, 11 K         
OAK  Carney Lansford               Keith Atherton           
     .348, 5 RBI                   2-0, 1.80               
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .211, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 1.04, 9 K          
TEX  Pete O'Brien                  Mike Mason               
     .345, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 2.00               
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Doyle Alexander          
     .342, 1 HR, 9 SB              2-0, 1.50, 8 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .463
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .414
 3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .386
 4. Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .353
 5. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .348
 6. O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .345
 7. Owen, Spike (SEA)              .344
 8. Easler, Mike (BOS)             .343
 9. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .342
10. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .341
    Phillips, Tony (OAK)           .341

HOME RUNS
 1. Easler, Mike (BOS)                5
 2. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              4
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              4
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              4
 5. Bell, George (TOR)                3
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              3
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               3
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 3
    Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)          11
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)              10
 3. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               9
    Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              9
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           7
 3. Pettis, Gary (CAL)                5

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 3. Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.60
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.60
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.67
 6. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.04
 7. Petry, Dan (DET)               1.21
 8. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.38
 9. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)         1.50
    Burris, Ray (OAK)              1.50

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Petry, Dan (DET)                3-0
 2. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          2-0
    Atherton, Keith (OAK)           2-0
    Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            2-0
    Huismann, Mark (KCR)            2-0
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)               2-0
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
 2. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                17
    Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                 17
 5. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)               15
    Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               3
 2. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
    Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
    Martinez, Tippy (BAL)             2
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            2


SCHEDULE
========

CLE   6-5   Blyleven, B          (2-0, 0.00)
BOS   5-4   Ojeda, B             (1-1, 1.80)

CAL   5-4   Romanick, R          (1-1, 2.25)
MIN   5-6   Viola, F             (0-0, 4.82)

TOR   6-3   Stieb, D             (0-1, 3.21)
BAL   4-5   Flanagan, M          (0-2, 6.00)

KCR   4-5   Leibrandt, C         (0-1, 3.18)
NYY   4-5   Rasmussen, D         (0-0, 4.50)

TEX   4-5   Tanana, F            (1-1, 4.50)
SEA   3-5   Langston, M          (0-2, 6.75)
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AL Day 12: A’s Win Streak Continues

Curt Young

Curt Young

Athletics 3, Angels 2
Oakland won its 5th straight game with Curt Young going the distance for the win. Young allowed 6 runs in 2.1 innings of work in his first start of the year, but facing an anemic California lineup helped things out quite a bit. Both Angels runs scored on a Reggie Jackson double and both were unearned. Young retired 10 straight to end the game. Rickey Henderson, back from injury, led off the Oakland 1st with a base hit, stole second (naturally) and then scored on an RBI double by Dwayne Murphy. In the 2nd, Henderson doubled in a run to give Oakland a 3-0 lead.  The Halos, dead last with just 2.9 runs scored per game, turn to Mike Witt (2-0, 1.00) to try and pick up a win in Oakland and stop the streak.

Blue Jays 6, Rangers 5
Toronto’s scratched-out win put them back atop the AL East at 6-3. The Jays took a 6-3 lead into the 9th inning with Roy Lee Jackson attempting to notch the 1st Toronto save of the season. But Ward tripled and Buddy Bell connected for his 1st homer of the year to make it a 1-run game. After Larry Parrish doubled to put the tying run into scoring position, Toronto turned to Dennis Lamp who got O’Brien on a liner to Damaso Garcia at second, Ned Yost on a pop out to Alfredo Griffin to short, and Scott on a fly out to Lloyd Moseby in center. Garcia had two more stolen bases to give him a league-best 9 on the year while Larry Parrish hit his 4th homer for Texas.

Tigers 3, Indians 2
It looked as though the Bengals would cough another one up, but they managed to eke out a 9th inning victory against Cleveland. Jack Morris took a 2-0 lead into the 6th inning, only to allow an RBI single to Mel Hall in the 6th and another to Julio Franco in the 8th, tying the game. In the bottom of the 9th with the Tribe having only one rested reliever and needing to use Leroy Smith, Lance Parrish led off with a walk, Dave Bergman singled, Larry Herndon walked to load the bases, and Howard Johnson pushed Parrish across with a walk-off single into the gap in right-center. It’s been a rough start for Detroit, who are just 4-5 now. Meanwhile, the Tribe is 6-4, falling a half game back of Toronto in the East.

Orioles 4, Twins 2
Scott McGregor went 6 innings, allowing one run to witness his ERA rise to 0.60 for the O’s, leaving the trailing 1-0 to Minnesota and starting pitcher John Butcher, who entered the game with a 2-0 mark on the season. Baltimore trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th before staging a rally. Todd Cruz led off reaching on a two-base error by Butcher. With one out, Mike Young doubled to tie the game and then scored on an RBI single by Cal Ripken. Tippy Martinez tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning against the bottom of the Minnesota order for his 2nd save.

Red Sox 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings)
Rich Gedman hit a solo homer in the 10th inning to give Boston an extra inning win over Chicago. Richard Dotson went all 10 innings for Chicago, allowing four Boston homers, including Mike Easler’s 5th. Easler is hitting .290 with 9 RBI in 8 games for Boston.

Brewers 4, Royals 2
Milwaukee ended the Kansas City winning streak behind Jamie Cocanower (W 1-1) and his 7.2 innings of work. Bud Black fell to 0-3 for the Royals, with a 5.14 ERA that doesn’t look really good. Black went 7 innings and allowed 7 hits. Unfortunately, he allowed 7 base runners in the span of two innings, allowing the Brew Crew to put a few runs on the board. In the bottom of the 4th, trailing 1-0, Milwaukee’s Ben Oglivie singled and moved to second on a Pat Sheridan error in right. Ted Simmons doubled Oglivie in, and then scored on a Jim Sundberg triple to put Milwaukee ahead 2-1. The lead became 3-1 when Sundberg scored on a sac fly to center. After Rollie Fingers was pushed for multiple innings out of the pen in the last game, Milwaukee turned to Tom Tellmann for the save in this one, and he came through by retiring all 4 batters he faced. Tellmann has a 1.08 ERA in 5 appearances out of the pen thus far.

Yankees 8, Mariners 5
Another win for the Yankees – their 3rd in a row. Dave Winfield clubbed his first tater for the Bronx Bombers, while Steve Kemp (.538) kept hitting in his limited playing time, going 5-for-5 with his first homer of the season. Phil Niekro improved to 2-1 on the season, going 6.2 innings for the win. Dave Righetti threw a perfect 9th for his first save. New York started off ice cold, but is now a win away from improving to .500 on the season.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Toronto Blue Jays         6    3  .667   -    W 1
Cleveland Indians         6    4  .600   0.5  L 1
Boston Red Sox            4    4  .500   1.5  W 1
Milwaukee Brewers         4    5  .444   2    W 1
Baltimore Orioles         4    5  .444   2    W 1
Detroit Tigers            4    5  .444   2    W 1
New York Yankees          4    5  .444   2    W 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Oakland Athletics         7    3  .700   -    W 5
Chicago White Sox         4    4  .500   2    L 3
California Angels         4    4  .500   2    L 2
Minnesota Twins           5    6  .455   2.5  L 1
Kansas City Royals        4    5  .444   2.5  L 1
Texas Rangers             4    5  .444   2.5  L 1
Seattle Mariners          3    5  .375   3    L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Eddie Murray                  Scott McGregor           
     .324, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.60               
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .290, 5 HR, 9 RBI             1-1, 1.80, 13 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .300, 2 HR, 6 RBI             2-0, 1.00, 10 K         
CHW  Vance Law                     LaMarr Hoyt              
     .296, 2 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .348, 10 RBI, 3 SB            2-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .417, 6 RBI, 4 SB             2-0, 2.03               
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .286, 4 HR, 7 RBI             1-0, 1.38               
MIL  Rick Manning                  Rollie Fingers           
     .280, 1 HR                    2 Sv, 0.00, 7 K         
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .250, 3 HR, 5 RBI             2-1, 1.93, 9 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .303                          2-1, 3.57, 11 K         
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .342, 9 RBI, 7 SB             1-0, 3 Sv, 2.35, 8 K    
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .211, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-1, 1.04, 9 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Mike Mason               
     .353, 4 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 2.00               
TOR  Damaso Garcia                 Doyle Alexander          
     .342, 1 HR, 9 SB              2-0, 1.50, 8 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .417
 2. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .386
 3. Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .353
 4. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .348
 5. O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .345
 6. Owen, Spike (SEA)              .344
 7. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)           .342
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .342
 9. Lansford, Carney (OAK)         .341
10. Bell, Buddy (TEX)              .333
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .333
    Young, Mike (BAL)              .333

HOME RUNS
 1. Easler, Mike (BOS)                5
 2. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              4
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              4
    Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              4
 5. Bell, George (TOR)                3
    Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              3
    Evans, Dwight (BOS)               3
    Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 3
    Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3

RUNS BATTED IN
 1. Franco, Julio (CLE)              10
 2. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
    Easler, Mike (BOS)                9
    Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           9
    Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              9
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)              9

STOLEN BASES
 1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              9
 2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           7
 3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 3. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50
 4. Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.60
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.60
 6. Witt, Mike (CAL)               1.00
 7. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.04
 8. Gubicza, Mark (KCR)            1.38
 9. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)         1.50
    Burris, Ray (OAK)              1.50

WINS-LOSSES
 1. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          2-0
    Atherton, Keith (OAK)           2-0
    Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            2-0
    Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
    Huismann, Mark (KCR)            2-0
    Petry, Dan (DET)                2-0
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)               2-0
    Witt, Mike (CAL)                2-0

STRIKEOUTS
 1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
 2. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                17
    Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
 4. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15
 5. Morris, Jack (DET)               14

SAVES
 1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               3
 2. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
    Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
    Martinez, Tippy (BAL)             2
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            2


SCHEDULE
========

CAL   4-4   Witt, M              (2-0, 1.00)
OAK   7-3   McCatty, S           (0-1, 10.80)

CLE   6-4   Heaton, N            (1-0, 3.75)
DET   4-5   Petry, D             (2-0, 2.03)

BOS   4-4   Hurst, B             (1-1, 6.35)
CHW   4-4   Hoyt, L              (2-0, 0.50)

AL Day 9: Pitching Dominates

Ray Burris

Ray Burris

All 14 teams in the American League saw action on day 9.  The recurring theme was dominant pitching.  Today’s update will go from the worst to best.

Orioles 7, Rangers 5
Texas had Baltimore on the ropes early, with the Rangers taking a 4-2 lead through 7 innings against Storm Davis and the O’s.  But in the 8th, the Birds started the inning off with 6 straight men reaching base en route to a 4-run inning that handed them the lead.  The big hit with a two-RBI, go-ahead triple by Ken Singleton.  Tippy Martinez pitched the final two innings, striking out 4 and picking up his 1st save on the season.

Royals 6, Twins 5
KC gets their first game in a long while with all their starting position players available and they make a good showing of it. Frank Viola went 8 innings for Minnesota, pitching poorly (5 ER) and letting his team fall behind 5-2 after 8 innings.  But things changed in the 9th.  Down 5-2 with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th, Gary Gaetti doubled a pair in to make it a 1-run game.  Ron Washington then pinch-hit and picked up a game-tying double.  KC got the win in the bottom of the inning with Pat Sheridan leading off with a single, stealing second, moving up to 3rd after Len Whitehouse walked two men to load the bases, and then scored on a pinch-hit single by backup catcher John Wathan.  Whitehouse (L 0-3) had a 16.88 ERA in 3 miserable appearances for Minnesota. Bret Saberhagen went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 3 in his Royals’ debut.

Mariners 7, Tigers 3
The Bengals continue to disappoint.  Dave Rozema (L 0-1) allows 5 runs (4 earned) in 5 innings of work, taking the loss.  Meanwhile, the M’s get 3.1 shutout innings of work from the bullpen while Jack Perconte (.310) gets on base 4 times at the top of the order to pace the offense.

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 1
Toronto and Chicago are each tied for their division leads after Doyle Alexander (W 2-0) tosses a gem for the Jays.  Alexander allows 1 run and 5 hits in a complete game effort, striking out 6 ChiSox.  Ron Kittle was the victim of fully half of those.  On offense, Cliff Johnson had a pair of doubles, Willie Upshaw hit his 2nd homer of the season, and Buck Martinez reached base in 3 of 4 plate appearances.

Angels 3, Red Sox 0
Mike Witt (W 2-0) struck out seven BoSox, firing a 4-hit shutout at home and pushing the Halos into 1st place (by percentage points) in the AL West.  Derrel Thomas singled and scored in the 1st inning and then drove in the other two California runs with a 2nd inning single.  Witt has a 1.00 ERA with 10 K in 2 starts, having gone the distance in each.

Indians 3, Yankees 0
Bert Blyleven (W 2-0) racked up outs left and right, keeping the Yankees from getting wood on the ball and got a 3-hit shutout for his work.  Bly struck out just 1 man and had allowed only a 4th inning base hit to Dave Winfield through 7 innings of work.  Winfield got another hit in the 8th and Willie Randolph added a 3rd in the 9th before Bobby Meacham grounded into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.  Blyleven has 2 shutout starts to begin the season, making him a clear front-runner for Pitcher of the Year so far.  Lots of games left to play, of course, but it’s a solid start.  The Yanks have now dropped five straight games while Cleveland is tied with Toronto at 5-2 atop the AL East.

Athletics 4, Brewers 1
Ray Burris nearly made history.  He threw a no-hitter for 7.2 innings before the Brew Crew’s Dion James broke it up with a base hit.  James is hitting .409 this season.  Oakland had a 4-0 lead at the time, with Joe Morgan’s 2-RBI single in the 7th inning having doubled their lead.  Burris ended up not even getting a shut out, though his pitching line was perhaps the most impressive of the day.  With 2 out in the 9th, Ben Oglivie took Burris deep.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians         5    2  .714   -    W 2
Toronto Blue Jays         5    2  .714   -    W 2
Boston Red Sox            3    3  .500   1.5  L 1
Milwaukee Brewers         3    3  .500   1.5  L 1
Baltimore Orioles         3    4  .429   2    W 1
Detroit Tigers            3    4  .429   2    L 1
New York Yankees          1    5  .167   3.5  L 5

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         4    3  .571   -    L 2
Oakland Athletics         4    3  .571   -    W 2
California Angels         3    2  .600   -    W 2
Minnesota Twins           4    4  .500   0.5  L 1
Seattle Mariners          3    3  .500   0.5  W 1
Texas Rangers             3    4  .429   1    L 1
Kansas City Royals        2    4  .333   1.5  W 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Scott McGregor           
     .208, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .292, 3 HR, 4 RBI             1-1, 1.80, 13 K         
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .263, 1 HR, 5 RBI             2-0, 1.00, 10 K         
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .421, 1 HR, 3 RBI             2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .375, 8 RBI, 3 SB             2-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .556, 6 RBI, 4 SB             2-0, 2.03, 6 K          
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .238, 2 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 1.29               
MIL  Dion James                    Moose Haas               
     .409                          1-0, 0.00               
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .364, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 1.69, 7 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .391                          1-1, 3.38, 8 K          
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Ray Burris               
     .286, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 SB       1-0, 1.50               
SEA  Spike Owen                    Jim Beattie              
     .360, 3 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 1.00               
TEX  Pete O'Brien                  Dave Stewart             
     .318, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 3.86               
TOR  Buck Martinez                 Doyle Alexander          
     .462, 1 HR, 3 RBI             2-0, 1.50, 8 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .556
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .429
 3. James, Dion (MIL)              .409
 4. Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .391
 5. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .375
 6. Buckner, Bill (BOS)            .368
    Johnson, Cliff (TOR)           .368
 8. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .364
 9. Owen, Spike (SEA)              .360
    Parrish, Larry (TEX)           .360

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
5. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 2
   Balboni, Steve (KCR)              2
   Barfield, Jesse (TOR)             2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Kittle, Ron (CHW)                 2
   Lemon, Chet (DET)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             2
   Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
2. Franco, Julio (CLE)               8
3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              7
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              7
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              7

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
   Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           6
3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 8. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50
 9. Filson, Pete (MIN)             0.96
10. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.00
    Witt, Mike (CAL)               1.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          2-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            2-0
   Butcher, John (MIN)             2-0
   Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                2-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                2-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
2. Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15
4. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                 13
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)                13

SAVES
1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)               2
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2


SCHEDULE
========

OAK   4-3   Krueger, B           (0-1, 7.50)
MIL   3-3   Haas, M              (1-0, 0.00)

MIN   4-4   Smithson, M          (1-0, 3.38)
KCR   2-4   Gubicza, M           (1-0, 1.29)

BOS   3-3   Clemens, R           (NR)
CAL   3-2   Romanick, R          (0-1, 2.57)

CLE   5-2   Comer, S             (1-0, 1.08)
NYY   1-5   Guidry, R            (0-1, 3.52)

AL Day 8: Jays Stage Comeback Against ChiSox

Jesse Barfield

Jesse Barfield

Blue Jays 9, White Sox 5
The Toronto Blue Jays sent 9 men to the plate in the bottom of the 8th, scoring 5 runs to come from behind and best Chicago.  Tom Seaver (L 1-1) was doing well for the Pale Hose, staked to a 5-4 lead headed into the 8th.  With two outs and two on, Seaver remained on and served up a home run to Jesse Barfield that put Toronto ahead.  It was Barfield’s second homer of the game, as he did a phenomenal job with a spot start in right field.  Lloyd Moseby was tossed from the game arguing a called strike three in the 1st inning and Toronto 3B Rance Mulliniks came up injured and will miss a couple games.  The Jays are tied for 1st in the AL East and the Sox are a half game back in the West.

Twins 4, Royals 2
K.C. continued to struggle to open the season, but at least they were close this time.  With Willie Wilson returning from injury, they finally didn’t have to play a “5” in center field. But John Butcher (W 2-0) wasn’t going to be defeated today, as he went the distance for this 2nd win.  Butcher has a 1.69 ERA through his first two starts of the year.  Tom Brunansky poked his 3rd homer of the year for Minnesota.

Tigers 5, Mariners 2
Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell each reached base three times at the top of the Detroit batting order and Dan Petry (W 2-0) joined the 2-win club, going 7 strong for the Tigers.  Willie Hernandez (S 1) picked up his first save for Detroit as they improved to an even 3-3 on the year.

Rangers 5, Orioles 1
A bad start to the season for Baltimore – a team which enters the replay with some high expectations.  Great start for the Rangers’ Frank Tanana (W 1-1), who went the distance and struck out 9 men.  Larry Parrish had a 2-RBI double and a pair of walks and is hitting .333 this year.

Indians 5, Yankees 1
4 straight losses now for the Bronx Bombers as Phil Niekro (L 1-1) couldn’t handle them.  13 hits for the Tribe and just 7 for the Yanks.  Willie Randolph had an interesting lead for New York, going 1-for-1 with a quartet of walks. Andre Thornton had a homer (2) and double while Pat Tabler had three hits just after him in the batting order.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians         4    2  .667   -    W 1
Toronto Blue Jays         4    2  .667   -    W 1
Boston Red Sox            3    2  .600   0.5  W 2
Milwaukee Brewers         3    2  .600   0.5  W 2
Detroit Tigers            3    3  .500   1    W 2
Baltimore Orioles         2    4  .333   2    L 2
New York Yankees          1    4  .200   2.5  L 4

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         4    2  .667   -    L 1
Minnesota Twins           4    3  .571   0.5  W 1
Oakland Athletics         3    3  .500   1    W 1
Texas Rangers             3    3  .500   1    W 1
California Angels         2    2  .500   1    W 1
Seattle Mariners          2    3  .400   1.5  L 1
Kansas City Royals        1    4  .200   2.5  L 3

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Cal Ripken                    Storm Davis              
     .200, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 1.59, 5 K          
BOS  Tony Armas                    Bob Ojeda                
     .389, 2 HR, 9 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Doug DeCinces                 Geoff Zahn               
     .294, 1 HR                    1-0, 0.00               
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .421, 1 HR, 3 RBI             2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Andre Thornton                Bert Blyleven            
     .261, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .542, 6 RBI, 4 SB             2-0, 2.03, 6 K          
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .235, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1.29               
MIL  Robin Yount                   Moose Haas               
     .400, 1 HR                    1-0, 0.00               
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 John Butcher             
     .379, 3 HR, 7 RBI             2-0, 1.69, 7 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .421                          1-1, 3.38, 8 K          
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .304, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB       1-0, 2 Sv, 3.18, 6 K    
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .250, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Frank Tanana             
     .333, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-1, 4.50, 19 K         
TOR  George Bell                   Doyle Alexander          
     .346, 3 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 2.00               

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .542
 2. Bergman, Dave (DET)            .529
 3. James, Dion (MIL)              .444
 4. Davis, Mike (OAK)              .438
 5. Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .421
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .421
 7. Meacham, Bobby (NYY)           .400
    Owen, Spike (SEA)              .400
 9. Armas, Tony (BOS)              .389
10. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)           .379

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
5. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 2
   Balboni, Steve (KCR)              2
   Barfield, Jesse (TOR)             2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Kittle, Ron (CHW)                 2
   Lemon, Chet (DET)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
2. Franco, Julio (CLE)               8
3. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              7
4. Bell, George (TOR)                6
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               6
   Gibson, Kirk (DET)                6
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              6
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             6
   Trammell, Alan (DET)              6

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)         0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
10. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50

WINS-LOSSES
1. Butcher, John (MIN)             2-0
   Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                2-0
4. Agosto, Juan (CHW)              1-0
   Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Atherton, Keith (OAK)           1-0
   Beard, Dave (SEA)               1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Caldwell, Mike (MIL)            1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Heaton, Neal (CLE)              1-0
   Jackson, Roy Lee (TOR)          1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   McClure, Bob (MIL)              1-0
   McGregor, Scott (BAL)           1-0
   Nipper, Al (BOS)                1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Stewart, Dave (TEX)             1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0
   Zahn, Geoff (CAL)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              19
2. Langston, Mark (SEA)             17
3. Stieb, Dave (TOR)                15
4. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)                13

SAVES
1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              2
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)               2
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   4-2   Bannister, F         (0-1, 1.50)
TOR   4-2   Alexander, D         (1-0, 2.00)

OAK   3-3   Burris, R            (0-0, 2.00)
MIL   3-2   Porter, C            (NR)

MIN   4-3   Viola, F             (0-0, 0.00)
KCR   1-4   Saberhagen, B        (NR)

DET   3-3   Rozema, D            (NR)
SEA   2-3   Moore, M             (0-1, 7.50)

BAL   2-4   Davis, S             (1-0, 1.59)
TEX   3-3   Darwin, D            (0-1, 8.22)

BOS   3-2   Ojeda, B             (1-0, 0.00)
CAL   2-2   Witt, M              (1-0, 2.00)

CLE   4-2   Blyleven, B          (1-0, 0.00)
NYY   1-4   Bystrom, M           (NR)

AL Day 6: Log Jam in AL East

LaMarr Hoyt

LaMarr Hoyt

White Sox 4, Twins 0
LaMarr  Hoyt (W 2-0) comes up big again, tossing a 4-hit shutout to give the Sox a 1.5 game lead on the Twins in the West.  Vance Law’s 3-run homer in the 2nd inning kicked things off.

Tigers 12, Orioles 4
Detroit and Boston continue the battle of AL East favorites and it’s all Tigers as they pounce on Dennis Martinez and company. Chet Lemon homers twice and Alan Trammell has a trio of singles to go along with a pair of stolen bases. Jack Morris (W 1-1) picks up the win, striking out 7 men over just as many innings.

Brewers 4, Indians 3
The Brew Crew takes down Cleveland for a 2nd straight game. Mark Brouhard gets the spot start in left field and hits a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the 6th.  Bob McClure (W 1-0) goes all 9 to pick up the win.

Red Sox 5, Royals 3
The injury-plagued start to the season for KC is almost over. In the meantime, they lose again. Tony Armas homers twice for the BoSox while Wade Boggs had a pair of hits at the top of the order. Bruce Hurst (W 1-1) gets the win and Bob Stanley his first save.

Athletics 8, Rangers 6
Texas puts up 6 in the 6th, but Oakland scores in 5 separate innings and gets the win.  The Rangers have allowed 6.8 runs per game thus far. Rickey Henderson had a homer and stolen base for the A’s.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Boston Red Sox            3    2  .600   -    W 2
Cleveland Indians         3    2  .600   -    L 2
Milwaukee Brewers         3    2  .600   -    W 2
Toronto Blue Jays         3    2  .600   -    L 1
Baltimore Orioles         2    3  .400   1    L 1
Detroit Tigers            2    3  .400   1    W 1
New York Yankees          1    3  .250   1.5  L 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         4    1  .800   -    W 2
Minnesota Twins           3    3  .500   1.5  L 2
Oakland Athletics         3    3  .500   1.5  W 1
California Angels         2    2  .500   1.5  W 1
Seattle Mariners          2    2  .500   1.5  W 2
Texas Rangers             2    3  .400   2    L 1
Kansas City Royals        1    3  .250   2.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Mike Young                    Scott McGregor           
     .273                          1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
BOS  Dwight Evans                  Bob Ojeda                
     .318, 2 HR, 6 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Mike Witt                
     .313, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 2.00               
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .375, 1 HR                    2-0, 0.50, 10 K         
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .455, 8 RBI, 3 SB             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .545, 5 RBI, 4 SB             1-0, 1.42               
KCR  Steve Balboni                 Mark Gubicza             
     .286, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1.29               
MIL  Rick Manning                  Bob McClure              
     .444, 1 HR                    1-0, 3.00, 5 K          
MIN  Kirby Puckett                 Mike Smithson            
     .333, 4 RBI, 2 SB             1-0, 3.38, 9 K          
NYY  Willie Randolph               Phil Niekro              
     .389, 2 RBI                   1-0, 1.00, 6 K          
OAK  Rickey Henderson              Bill Caudill             
     .304, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 SB       1-0, 2 Sv, 3.18, 6 K    
SEA  Spike Owen                    Jim Beattie              
     .375, 3 RBI, 1 SB             1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Dave Stewart             
     .316, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 3.86               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .333, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 5 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .545
 2. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .471
 3. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .455
 4. James, Dion (MIL)              .444
 5. Davis, Mike (OAK)              .438
 6. Armas, Tony (BOS)              .389
    Baylor, Don (NYY)              .389
    Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .389
 9. Bumbry, Al (BAL)               .375
    Owen, Spike (SEA)              .375
    Walker, Greg (CHW)             .375

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
4. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 2
   Balboni, Steve (KCR)              2
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Lemon, Chet (DET)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 9
2. Franco, Julio (CLE)               8
3. Evans, Dwight (BOS)               6
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
5. Bell, George (TOR)                5
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              5
   Gibson, Kirk (DET)                5
   Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
   Law, Vance (CHW)                  5
   Lynn, Fred (CAL)                  5
   O'Brien, Pete (TEX)               5
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 5
   Trammell, Alan (DET)              5

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           5
3. Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 9. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             0.50
10. Filson, Pete (MIN)             0.96

WINS-LOSSES
1. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              2-0
2. Agosto, Juan (CHW)              1-0
   Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Atherton, Keith (OAK)           1-0
   Beard, Dave (SEA)               1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Butcher, John (MIN)             1-0
   Caldwell, Mike (MIL)            1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   McClure, Bob (MIL)              1-0
   McGregor, Scott (BAL)           1-0
   Niekro, Phil (NYY)              1-0
   Nipper, Al (BOS)                1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Stewart, Dave (TEX)             1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0
   Zahn, Geoff (CAL)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
2. Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)               10
   Morris, Jack (DET)               10
   Tanana, Frank (TEX)              10
5. Langston, Mark (SEA)              9
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)              9

SAVES
1. Caudill, Bill (OAK)               2
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
3. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              1
   Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            1
   Reed, Ron (CHW)                   1
   Schmidt, Dave (TEX)               1
   Stanley, Bob (BOS)                1
   Warren, Mike (OAK)                1
   Williams, Al (MIN)                1


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   4-1   Seaver, T            (1-0, 2.00)
TOR   3-2   Stieb, D             (0-1, 1.29)

MIN   3-3   Butcher, J           (1-0, 2.57)
KCR   1-3   Black, B             (0-1, 5.14)

DET   2-3   Petry, D             (1-0, 1.42)
SEA   2-2   Langston, M          (0-1, 9.95)

BAL   2-3   Flanagan, M          (0-1, 4.50)
TEX   2-3   Tanana, F            (0-1, 7.71)

CLE   3-2   Heaton, N            (0-0, 8.44)
NYY   1-3   Niekro, P            (1-0, 1.00)

AL Day 5: Zahn Zeroes Jays

Geoff Zahn

Geoff Zahn

Angels 6, Blue Jays 0
Geoff Zahn threw a 4-hit shutout in Toronto, leading the California Angels in a 6-0 win. I rolled this game on his birthday and Fred Lynn just happened to hit a 3-run homer that put the game out of reach in the top of the 7th. Reggie Jackson also homered (and struck out twice).

White Sox 7, Twins 5 (10 innings)
Too early for watching standings, I know, but Chicago moved back ahead of Minnesota with an extra-inning victory. Vance Law poked a 2-run single with the bases loaded, giving Chicago the go-ahead runs. Tom Brunansky hit his 2nd homer of the season for Minny in defeat.

Brewers 4, Indians 3
We didn’t expect this to last, but Cleveland took their first loss on the season. Julio Franco came back to earth, going just 1-for-5. Mike Caldwell picked up the win for the Brew Crew, allowing 3 runs in 6 innings of work. Rollie Fingers (S 2) had the era-specific 2-inning save, punching out 3 in the process.

Rangers 10, Athletics 6
Dave Stewart went up against the team he would pitch for two seasons after this one, going 7 string innings, allowing 3 runs to pick up the win. The big Texas sluggers on the day were Pete O’Brien (HR, 2B, 1B) and #9 hitter Bobby Jones (3-run HR, 2 singles) while Larry Parrish also clubbed his 2nd homer of the season.

Red Sox 15, Royals 3
Boston’s run scoring so far has gone 8, 1, 2 and 15. Some consistency would be nice. Tony Armas reached base all 5 times at plate (including a pair of triples and a double) and Wadge Boggs was on base 4 times. Weird things in a 10-run, 10-hit 4th inning for Boston. Armas, Rich Gedman and Marty Barrett had back-to-back-to-back triples. Three straight homers is a big deal, but triples are an even rarer occurrence, so that was just nuts. Both Armas triples came in that innings. Tough go for K.C., who are still waiting for Willie Wilson to get back so they don’t have to field a “5” in center field. He’ll miss one more game. His absence wasn’t the sole reason they lost, but there were a few runs that were directly attributed to it.

Orioles 2, Tigers 0
Detroit continues to get off to a rough start as the offense failed to get anything going against Scott McGregor, who had one of many shutouts thrown on this day in the league. McGregor allowed 5 hits. Floyd Rayford went 3-for-5 with a run and RBI in the win, filling in at catcher while Rick Dempsey took a night off.

Mariners 9, Yankees 6 (13 innings)
A wild one in Seattle. Yanks go up 1-0, M’s tie it. Yankes go up 4-1, M’s go up 5-4. Top of the 9th, Yankees down one, men on the corners with two out and the tying run crosses the plate when Seattle catcher Orlando Mercado drops a pop up. In the 13th, Oscar Gamble leads off with a walk. Willie Randolph singles into left and Barry Bonnell flubs it.  Gamble tries to score and is thrown out at the plate. Bobby Meacham singles in Randolph, though, and New York takes a 6-5 lead in to the bottom of the 13th. With two out, Spike Owen singles in Mercado to tie it. Joe Cowley comes on to face Ken Phelps with the score tied and two men on. Phelps has already homered once in the game and he does it again – a 3-run shot that gives Seattle back-to-back wins against the Yankees.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians         3    1  .750   -    L 1
Toronto Blue Jays         3    2  .600   0.5  L 1
Baltimore Orioles         2    2  .500   1    W 2
Boston Red Sox            2    2  .500   1    W 1
Milwaukee Brewers         2    2  .500   1    W 1
Detroit Tigers            1    3  .250   2    L 2
New York Yankees          1    3  .250   2    L 3

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Chicago White Sox         3    1  .750   -    W 1
Minnesota Twins           3    2  .600   0.5  L 1
California Angels         2    2  .500   1    W 1
Seattle Mariners          2    2  .500   1    W 2
Texas Rangers             2    2  .500   1    W 1
Oakland Athletics         2    3  .400   1.5  L 1
Kansas City Royals        1    2  .333   1.5  L 1

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Eddie Murray                  Scott McGregor           
     .333, 3 RBI                   1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .412, 3 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Fred Lynn                     Geoff Zahn               
     .313, 1 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00               
CHW  Greg Walker                   LaMarr Hoyt              
     .333, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 5 K          
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .500, 7 RBI, 3 SB             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .500, 4 RBI, 2 SB             1-0, 1.42               
KCR  Pat Sheridan                  Mark Gubicza             
     .500, 1 SB                    1-0, 1.29, 3 K          
MIL  Dion James                    Mike Caldwell            
     .429                          1-0, 4.50               
MIN  Tom Brunansky                 Ken Schrom               
     .381, 2 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
NYY  Don Baylor                    Phil Niekro              
     .389, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 6 K          
OAK  Mike Davis                    Bill Caudill             
     .500, 1 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 1 Sv, 4.91         
SEA  Ken Phelps                    Jim Beattie              
     .250, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  Larry Parrish                 Charlie Hough            
     .333, 2 HR, 4 RBI             1-0, 3.86               
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .333, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 5 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Wright, George (TEX)           .538
 2. Davis, Mike (OAK)              .500
    Franco, Julio (CLE)            .500
    Trammell, Alan (DET)           .500
 5. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .471
 6. James, Dion (MIL)              .429
 7. Easler, Mike (BOS)             .412
 8. O'Brien, Pete (TEX)            .400
 9. Baylor, Don (NYY)              .389
    Randolph, Willie (NYY)         .389

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
   Easler, Mike (BOS)                3
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 3
4. Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              2
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              2

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Franco, Julio (CLE)               7
2. Evans, Dwight (BOS)               6
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
4. Armas, Tony (BOS)                 5
   Bell, George (TOR)                5
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              5
   Lynn, Fred (CAL)                  5
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 5

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           4
3. Franco, Julio (CLE)               3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    McGregor, Scott (BAL)          0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00
    Zahn, Geoff (CAL)              0.00
 9. Beattie, Jim (SEA)             1.00
    Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)             1.00
    Niekro, Phil (NYY)             1.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. Agosto, Juan (CHW)              1-0
   Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Beard, Dave (SEA)               1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Butcher, John (MIN)             1-0
   Caldwell, Mike (MIL)            1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Hough, Charlie (TEX)            1-0
   Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   McGregor, Scott (BAL)           1-0
   Niekro, Phil (NYY)              1-0
   Nipper, Al (BOS)                1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Stewart, Dave (TEX)             1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0
   Zahn, Geoff (CAL)               1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Clancy, Jim (TOR)                13
2. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              10
3. Langston, Mark (SEA)              9
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)              9
5. Berenguer, Juan (DET)             7
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                  7
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)                 7
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)                 7
   Stieb, Dave (TOR)                 7

SAVES
1. Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             2
2. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              1
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)               1
   Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            1
   Reed, Ron (CHW)                   1
   Schmidt, Dave (TEX)               1
   Warren, Mike (OAK)                1
   Williams, Al (MIN)                1


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   3-1   Hoyt, L              (1-0, 1.00)
MIN   3-2   Hodge, E             (NR)

CLE   3-1   Schulze, D           (NR)
MIL   2-2   McClure, B           (NR)

TEX   2-2   Hough, C             (1-0, 3.86)
OAK   2-3   McCatty, S           (0-1, 27.00)

BOS   2-2   Hurst, B             (0-1, 7.94)
KCR   1-2   Leibrandt, C         (NR)

BAL   2-2   Martinez, D          (NR)
DET   1-3   Morris, J            (0-1, 6.43)

AL Day 4: Cal, O’s pick up first win

Storm Davis

Storm Davis

Orioles 8, Tigers 2
Baltimore picked up their first win of the season, jumping all over Milt Wilcox.  Cal Ripken reached base three times and picked up his first homer of the season, while Storm Davis went 5 2/3 innings for the win. The top 4 batters in the O’s lineup reached base 13 of 20 times.  A tough start thus far for the 1-2 Tigers, of whom much is expected.

Twins 2, White Sox 1
Minnesota kept up a strong start, improving to 3-1 while handing Chicago (2-1) their first loss. Ken Schrom went the distance for the Twinkies, allowing one unearned run and not allowing a hit past thhe 2nd inning. Tom Brunansky’s solo homer in the 4th broke a 1-1 tie.

Indians 4, Brewers 1
No, they haven’t faced the stiffest competition, but the Indians are a perfect 3-0. Steve Comer went 8 1/3 innings for the win. Julio Franco had two more hits, including a double and RBI for the Tribe.

Blue Jays 1, Angels 0
Luis Leal tossed a shutout, leading the Blue Jays to a 3-1 start. Meanwhile, California’s lineup continued to struggle. They have now scored 3 runs in as many games.  George Bell hit a solo homer in the 4th inning for the only run of the game – it was his league-leading 3rd of the season.

Athletics 8, Rangers 5
Dwayne Murphy homered twice and Rickey Henderson swiped three bases with four base hits as Oakland defeated Texas in an AL West battle.

Mariners 3, Yankees 1
Jim Beattie went all 9, leading the M’s to their first win of the season. Seattle bunched 6 of it’s 7 hits into the span of 2 innings, leading to a trio of mid-game runs.

STANDINGS
=========

AL EAST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Cleveland Indians         3    0  1000   -    W 3
Toronto Blue Jays         3    1  .750   0.5  W 2
Baltimore Orioles         1    2  .333   2    W 1
Boston Red Sox            1    2  .333   2    L 1
Detroit Tigers            1    2  .333   2    L 1
Milwaukee Brewers         1    2  .333   2    L 1
New York Yankees          1    2  .333   2    L 2

AL WEST                   W    L   PCT  GB    STR
Minnesota Twins           3    1  .750   -    W 2
Chicago White Sox         2    1  .667   0.5  L 1
Oakland Athletics         2    2  .500   1    W 1
Kansas City Royals        1    1  .500   1    W 1
California Angels         1    2  .333   1.5  L 2
Seattle Mariners          1    2  .333   1.5  W 1
Texas Rangers             1    2  .333   1.5  L 2

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

     BATTER                        PITCHER                  
BAL  Mike Young                    Storm Davis              
     .417                          1-0, 1.59, 5 K          
BOS  Mike Easler                   Bob Ojeda                
     .364, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 7 K          
CAL  Doug DeCinces                 Mike Witt                
     .333, 1 HR                    1-0, 2.00, 3 K          
CHW  Tom Paciorek                  Tom Seaver               
     .600                          1-0, 2.00, 7 K          
CLE  Julio Franco                  Bert Blyleven            
     .615, 7 RBI, 3 SB             1-0, 0.00, 4 K          
DET  Alan Trammell                 Dan Petry                
     .643, 4 RBI, 2 SB             1-0, 1.42, 3 K          
KCR  Pat Sheridan                  Mark Gubicza             
     .500, 1 SB                    1-0, 1.29, 3 K          
MIL  Robin Yount                   Moose Haas               
     .333, 1 HR                    1-0, 0.00               
MIN  Kent Hrbek                    John Butcher             
     .188, 2 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 2.57, 5 K          
NYY  Don Baylor                    Phil Niekro              
     .500, 1 HR, 2 RBI             1-0, 1.00, 6 K          
OAK  Mike Davis                    Bill Caudill             
     .500, 1 HR, 3 RBI             1-0, 1 Sv, 4.91         
SEA  Spike Owen                    Jim Beattie              
     .364, 2 RBI                   1-0, 1.00, 4 K          
TEX  George Wright                 Charlie Hough            
     .625, 2 RBI                   1-0, 3.86, 3 K          
TOR  George Bell                   Luis Leal                
     .353, 3 HR, 5 RBI             1-0, 0.00, 5 K          

LEADERS
=======

BATTING AVERAGE
 1. Trammell, Alan (DET)           .643
 2. Franco, Julio (CLE)            .615
 3. Collins, Dave (TOR)            .538
 4. Baylor, Don (NYY)              .500
    Sheridan, Pat (KCR)            .500
 6. Moreno, Omar (NYY)             .455
 7. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)        .429
 8. Young, Mike (BAL)              .417
 9. Murray, Eddie (BAL)            .400
    Wynegar, Butch (NYY)           .400

HOME RUNS
1. Bell, George (TOR)                3
2. Easler, Mike (BOS)                2
   Hrbek, Kent (MIN)                 2
   Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              2
5. Balboni, Steve (KCR)              1
   Baylor, Don (NYY)                 1
   Brunansky, Tom (MIN)              1
   Dauer, Rich (BAL)                 1
   Davis, Mike (OAK)                 1
   DeCinces, Doug (CAL)              1
   Evans, Dwight (BOS)               1
   Gross, Wayne (BAL)                1
   Henderson, Dave (SEA)             1
   Kingman, Dave (OAK)               1
   Martinez, Buck (TOR)              1
   Moseby, Lloyd (TOR)               1
   Parrish, Lance (DET)              1
   Parrish, Larry (TEX)              1
   Phelps, Ken (SEA)                 1
   Ripken, Cal (BAL)                 1
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             1
   Upshaw, Willie (TOR)              1
   Yount, Robin (MIL)                1

RUNS BATTED IN
1. Franco, Julio (CLE)               7
2. Murphy, Dwayne (OAK)              6
3. Bell, George (TOR)                5
4. Gibson, Kirk (DET)                4
   Moseby, Lloyd (TOR)               4
   Thornton, Andre (CLE)             4
   Trammell, Alan (DET)              4

STOLEN BASES
1. Garcia, Damaso (TOR)              6
2. Henderson, Rickey (OAK)           4
3. Franco, Julio (CLE)               3

EARNED RUN AVERAGE
 1. Blyleven, Bert (CLE)           0.00
    Boddicker, Mike (BAL)          0.00
    Haas, Moose (MIL)              0.00
    Howell, Jay (NYY)              0.00
    Jones, Mike (KCR)              0.00
    Ladd, Pete (MIL)               0.00
    Leal, Luis (TOR)               0.00
    Ojeda, Bob (BOS)               0.00
    Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)         0.00
    Schrom, Ken (MIN)              0.00

WINS-LOSSES
1. Alexander, Doyle (TOR)          1-0
   Beattie, Jim (SEA)              1-0
   Blyleven, Bert (CLE)            1-0
   Butcher, John (MIN)             1-0
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)             1-0
   Clancy, Jim (TOR)               1-0
   Comer, Steve (CLE)              1-0
   Davis, Storm (BAL)              1-0
   Gubicza, Mark (KCR)             1-0
   Haas, Moose (MIL)               1-0
   Hough, Charlie (TEX)            1-0
   Hoyt, LaMarr (CHW)              1-0
   Leal, Luis (TOR)                1-0
   Niekro, Phil (NYY)              1-0
   Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                1-0
   Petry, Dan (DET)                1-0
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)               1-0
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)               1-0
   Smithson, Mike (MIN)            1-0
   Sorensen, Lary (OAK)            1-0
   Waddell, Tom (CLE)              1-0
   Witt, Mike (CAL)                1-0

STRIKEOUTS
1. Tanana, Frank (TEX)              10
2. Langston, Mark (SEA)              9
3. Ojeda, Bob (BOS)                  7
   Schrom, Ken (MIN)                 7
   Seaver, Tom (CHW)                 7
   Stieb, Dave (TOR)                 7

SAVES
1. Camacho, Ernie (CLE)              1
   Caudill, Bill (OAK)               1
   Fingers, Rollie (MIL)             1
   Quisenberry, Dan (KCR)            1
   Schmidt, Dave (TEX)               1
   Warren, Mike (OAK)                1
   Williams, Al (MIN)                1


SCHEDULE
========

CHW   2-1   Dotson, R            (NR)
MIN   3-1   Smithson, M          (1-0, 1.00)

CLE   3-0   Farr, S              (NR)
MIL   1-2   Caldwell, M          (NR)

CAL   1-2   Zahn, G              (NR)
TOR   3-1   Clancy, J            (1-0, 4.00)

TEX   1-2   Stewart, D           (NR)
OAK   2-2   Young, C             (NR)

BOS   1-2   Nipper, A            (NR)
KCR   1-1   Gura, L              (NR)

BAL   1-2   McGregor, S          (NR)
DET   1-2   Berenguer, J         (NR)

NYY   1-2   Rasmussen, D         (NR)
SEA   1-2   Young, M             (NR)