THE MICHIGAN DAIL'Y'
Friday, June 14, 1968
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By The Associated Press
The American League isn't
waiting for next year's expansion
to go to two divisions. They'vegot
two right now.
And that's too bad for devotees
of tight pennant races because the
read battle seems to be for fourth
The pace-setting Detroit Tigers,
who haven't won a flag since 1945,
boosted their lead to five games
over idle Baltimore and 5% over
Cleveland with a 2-1 victory over
Minnesota Wednesday n i g h t.
Those first three teams make up
the first division-realistically, if
Minnesota, 10 games back,
heads .the seven also-rans and
there's only a three-game gap
between the Twins and last-place
Washington. In fact, the Twins
are only one percentage point
ahead of Oakland, with Boston
another point back. Who says
there's no race?
Dick McAuliffe's eighth-inning
tie-breaking homer and Mickey
Lolich's five-hit pitching gave
Detroit its third straight triumph
over slumping Minnesota. The Ti-
gers have won eight of their last
McAuliffe's shot, his seventh,
broke up a duel between Lolich
and Jim Kaat. It was the first
hit off Kaat since the second in-,
ning. Lolich didn't allow a hit
after the fifth.
The Tigers, who lost the pen-
nant last year by one game, are
starting to believe in themselves,
"W'e have a tend
close," he said. -"Th
bear down a little
late innings, knowi
enough to win"
play over injuries, overrun league
Lolich, who fanned
gaining his fifth victor
liked the strong breez
out to left field.-
"A right-hand hitte
hit one out on me and
y to stay way I like it," the left-hander
means we grinned.
re in the The Twins have now lost five
we're close in a row and 11 of 15 and Man-
ager Cal Ermer knows why.
nine in "We're not hitting, not scoring,
y, said he n o t fielding," he explained.'
e blowing They're not getting the breaks,
r couldn't "McAuliffe's homer wasn't hit
that's the good and just barely got n the
seats," he said. "I'd wish we'd hit
some like it."
The Tigers, who placed veteran
Eddie Mathews on the disabled
list Wednesday, are going to the
trade mart or their Toledo farm
club for a replacement.
Mathews, undergoing treatment
for a herniated disc in his lower
back, joins outfielder, Al Kaline
R : on the disabled list. Kaline, re-
N covering from a, fractured right
wrist suffered when he was hit
by a pitch in Oakland two weeks
ago, returns to the active roster
3ut Manager Mayo Smith said
it will be three-weeks before Ka-
line will be back to full strength.
"We'd be interested in a deal
for a left-handed hitter regardless
of position," said Smith.
The major league trading
deadline is today. If no deal de-
velops, the Tigers will have to
turn to their International League,
farm at Toledo.
Earlier this year, the Tigers
recalled right - hand batting
Wayne Comer to replace Kaline.
The best bets to replace Mathews
are left-hand hitting first base-
man Don Pepper and veteran
outfielder Lenny Green.
Infielder Dave Campbell and
outfielder-infielder .Bob Christian,
both right-hand batters, also are
"Just talking about Toledo,
I'd have to go with experience,"
That, most likely ,would be
Green, a veteran of nearly 10
years in the majors who is a solid
.270 hitter against all kinds of
pitching. Green hit at a .360 clip
while filling in, for the injured
Kaline last year.
Mathews, now in his 18th sea-
son, entered a Detroit hospital last
Saturday. It was the' first time
he has ever been on the disabled
The 37-year-old power-hitter
was batting .194 in 22 games this
year with three h~omers and six
runs batted in. Erlier this year
he hit his 512th major league
home run to put him sixth on the
all-time list behind Babe Ruth,
Willie Mays, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey
Mantle and Ted"Williams.
DETROIT TIGER SHORTSTOP Ray Oyler gets trapped in a
rundown by Minnesota Twins' third baseman Rich Rollins in a
game Wednesday night. Oyler 'was attempting to take home on
a, suicide squeeze play when Tiger pitcher Mickey Lolich missed
the ball on his bunt try. Oyler had tripled in the second inning
to get to third. The Tigers won the game, 2-1, despite his failure
to score here.
Detroit slips past Twins, 3-1
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (/P) '- Ex-
West Pointer Bert Yancy birdied
two of the last three holes for an
early pace-setting three-under-par
67 yesterday and a freak back in-
jury threatened to knock out fa-
vored Bill Casper in the 68th U.S.
Open Golf Championship.
Casper, the season's leading
money winner and a 6-1 favorite
to capture this third Open crown,
The Michigan baseball club
lost another starter last night
as pitcher Steve Evans signed
a' professional contract with
the St. Louis Cardinals.
Evans will leave Sunday for
a two week training program
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Later
he will be assigned to either the
ft. Petersburg or the Modesto,
California farm club.
limped in with a 75 after wrench-
ing his back in a bunker shot on
the 10th hole of the opening
"I don't know whether I will be
able to, continue or not," the 36-
year-old Californian said. "Therei
is no pain, but I just can't swing
on iron shots.
"I will see whether the trouble
By The Associated Press f
The Detroit Tigers continued tof
pull away from the rest of the
American League yesterday. Theyi
beat Minnesota 3-1 and swept a1
four-game series from the Twinsf
as Denny McLain became theI
AL's first 10-game winner.,
It was Detroit's ninth victory inf
ten games and increased its lead
to 5% games over idle Baltimorej
and 6% over Cleveland which lost1
to Oakland 1-0 in 11 innings.
McLain fired a six-hitter, only
one coming after the fifth inning.
He surrendered a run in the sec-]
9nd, but the Tigers scored twice
in the third on an error and Donc
Wert's single and added another
in the fifth on Bill Freehan's
.Oakland moved into fourth
place by erupting for three hits in
the 11th inning off Sam McDowell,
who had held the A's to two hits
over the first 10 innings and
struck out 14.
Danny Cater beat out an infield
hit'with two out in the 11th and
scored when Chico Salmon fell
down chasing Sal Bando's double.
Bubba Morton's pinch single
sparked a three-run eighth in-
ning as California defeated Boston
4-2 in the first game of a double-
header. The nightcap was sus-
pended after 5% innings with the
score tied 1-1 to enable the Angels
to catch a plane for the West
Coast. It will be resumed the next
time the Angels visit Boston.
Cloninger, obtained from At-
lanta Tuesday in a six-player
trade, pitched three innings. He
allowed five runs and five hits
Ballots out for
,Wagner to Sox~
NEW YORK RI)-- Ballots for
the All-Star team voting were
mailed yesterday to all 2 major
league baseball managers who will
poll their players and coaching
staffs June 18.,
The results of the voting will
be tabulated by Joe Reichler, pub-
lic relations director in the office
of Commissioner William D.
Eckert. The results of the voting
will be annouficed at various times
from June 25 to July 3.
The 1968 All-Star game will be.
played at night, Tuesday, July 9,
in the Astrodome at Houston. Red
fchoendienst of the St. Louis
Cardinals and Dick Williams of
the Boston Red Sox will be the
The voting covers all players,
except pitchers, who are named
by the managers.
CHICAGO VP - The Chicago
White Sox announced yesterday
they; have obtained outfielder
Leon Wagner from the Cleveland
Indians in exchange for outfielder
Wagner, 34, is hitting .184 with
nine hits in 49 times at bat and
has driven in six runs.
Snyder, 34, gas batted .134 in
87 games for the White Sox, set-
ting 11 hits in 82 times at bat.
He came to the White Sox last
year from Baltimore.
and toek his fourth defeat in five
Jim Lonborg, who came in at
the start of the eighth to try and
protect a 2-1 Boston lead, yielded
a walkand single to the only two
batters he faced and was the los-
ing pitcher. It was his first deci-
Roy Face put down a ninth-in-
ning uprising to pressure Pitts-
burgh's 8-7 slugfest victory over
San Francisco. The Giants had
scored twice and had runners on
first and second with none out.
But Face worked out of the Jam,
striking out pinch hitter Ray Sa-
decki with the bases loaded for
the final out.
The Pirates broke a 5-5 tie in
the seventh on Gene Alley's run-
scoring double. They added one
more in the eighth on Donn
Clendenon's RH single and cli-
maxed a 19-hit attack when
Matty Alou, Bill Mazeroski, Alley'
and Jerry May combined singles
in the ninth for what proved to
be the winning run.
Ron Santo and Ernie Banks
homered as the Chicago ,Cubs
trounced Cincinnati 8-4 and
spoiled pitcher Tony Cloninger's
debut with the Reds.
Baltimore, New York, Chicago
and Washington in the American
League and Los Angeles and New
York in the National League were
goes away before I decide about
the second round tomorrow. I may
consult, a doctor friend. I don't
know right now."
Yancey, a strapping 6-1 form-'
er cadet with blond Hollywood
looks, slashed out of, the wiry
rough with a six-iron and sank a
six-foot putt at the 16th and then
climaxed his round with a curling
25-footer on the final hole.
His 35-32-67 over the 6,972-
yard, par 35-35-70 Oak Hill
Country Club course gave him a
two-shot edge over Charles Coody,
a towering Texan, and colorful
Mexican-American Lee Trevino,
tied at 69.
Three players were in a knot at
70, even par. They were Billy Far-
rell, offspring of 1928 Open
champion Johnny Farrell; Cana-
dian internationalist Al Balding
and unbelievable John Felus, a
watch fob unemployed pro from
the coal mining area of Western
With one-half of the 150-man'
field still on the course, the de-
fending champion Jack Nicklaus
was comfortably placed at 72.
After missing six birdie putts on
the first eight holes, Jack three-
putted the ninth and 15th. He
had 36 putts.
S"I thought I played reason-
ably well, but I just couldn't sink
my putts," Ohio's Golden Bear
said. "I played for breaks thatj
weren't there and when I played
the break, the, ball went straight."
Arnold Palmer and Gary Play-
er, who with Nicklaus once formed
the formidable big three of golf,
and British Open champion Ro-
berto de Vicenzo were among the
Tied at 71 were two-time cham-
pion Julios Boros, former Mas-
ters king Gay Bewer, Australian
Bruce Devlin and amateur Rich-
ard Siderowf of Westport, Conn,
One of the most intriguing de-
velopments of the gray, bone-
chilling day was the early threat
posed ,by Felus; relatively un-
known little pro from the rela-
tively unknown Pennsylvania
community of Gallitzin, Pa.
Gallitzin, Felus explained
,proudly, lies somewhere between
Altoona and Johnstown, has a
population of 2,000 and is a min-
ing district. Felus' father was a
The pint-sized former caddie,
who hasn't a job but who is fi-
nanced on the tour by a friend,
was two under par coming to the
17th hole. Then he went bogey-
He got two lifts at the 17th
where, he hit a ball first into some
television equipment and then
under a refreshment stand. On
the 18th, he drove onto a road.
Yancey, 29, who received a
medical discharge from the mili-
tary academy because of a ner-
vous condition, had only one
bogey and four birdies. He birdied
the fourth from six feet and on
the hot incoming nine sank a
20-footer at the 10th before his
spectacular finish. He was in tWe
bunker on the seventh.
He bogeyed the 10th, barely
got his par at the short 11th after
shanking his tee shot and spanked
again at the 12th for another
JOHN W. FELUS of Gallitzin,.Pa., gets a free drop after his ball
hit a refreshment stand on the 18th hole during the first round
;of the U.S. Open yesterday. He went on to shot a par 70, three
strokes off the pace set by Bert Yancey.
California 4-1, Boston 2-1, 2nd
game tie, called after 51, innings,
will be resumed at later date
Detroit 3, Minnesota 1
Oakland 1, Cleveland 0
New York at Oakland, night
Washington at California, night
Baltimore at Minnesota, night
Detroit at Chicago, night
Boston at Cleveland, night
"'m a daddy"
Daily executive sports editor Howard Kohn ignores a handful
of paperwork being thrust his way, revelling in the joy of the
birth of his first child. Kohn and his wife Cathy are the proud
parents of a seven-pound daughter, Elizabeth Ann, born yester-
day. Cathy Kohn is a sister of Daily sports editor Dave Weir.
Chicago 8, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 8, San Francisco 7
Philadelphia 3, Houston 2
St. Louis :3, Atlanta 1, 12 inning,,
Only games scheduled
San Francisco at New York, night
Chicago at Atlanta ,night
Houston at Pittsburgh, night
Cincinnati at St. Louis, night
Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 2,
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