Tuesday, April 6, 1971
LA signs for a pennant..
.. incy cries for a doctor
T HE BIG STORY in the National League West this year has
been Richie Allen, the slugger the Los Angeles Dodgers stole
from the St. Louis Cardinals last fall. "Every time I look at
him," Wes Parker said recently, "I see pennants." If the Dodgers
are going to win a pennant this year, however it won't be on
Allen's booming bat. It will be on the rejuvenated arm of Bill
It's been five years since the Dodgers have won the pennant.
The last time they suffered such a long drought was the early
1940s, but the addition of Allen, the expected return of Singer
to top form and a bright group of kids has given the Dodgers
* hopes of returning to their accustomed position at the top of
the National League.
A 20 game winner two years ago, last season Singer sat
out the first two months with hepatitis, came back to win
eight games, including a no-hitter, then broke his finger
with six weeks to go.
This spring, Singer has been fearsome again, and his return
to a starting staff with Claude Osteen and Don Sutton gives
Los Angeles pitching that's capable, if not quite up to the
standards of the Sandy Koufax-Don Drysdale years.
The team's biggest weakness
is its bullpen, but, unlike
Dodger teams of the recent
past, it will score runs at a
healthy rate. Parker, who looks
like he's learned that baseball
is played with a bat, not just
the magic glove he uses at
first base, Willie Davis, who has
developed into a star the past
few years, and Billy Grabarke-
witz, the kid with the unspell-
able name who has been moved
to second base, will all provide
adequate support for Allen.
But perhaps the biggest fac-
tor in Los Angeles' favor is the
New Look Cincinnati Reds-
new look because of all the
Bill Singer substitutes for hobbled stars.
Last year the Reds crippled
National League opponents. This year they are crippled. The
Reds' disabled list has as much talent as some complete teams.
The Reds opened the season yesterday without speedster
Bobby Tolan, who hit .316 last year, but tore his Achilles tendon
in January, slugger Lee May, who clouted 34 home runs, then
strained a knee ligament last week, pitchers Jim Merritt and
Wayne Simpson, big winners last year but with arm trouble
now, and shortstop Dave Concepcion, another victim of arm
The Big Red Machine may never rev up again, but with
two-time batting king Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, whom many
call the greatest catcher who ever lived, Tony Perez, and Rookie-
of-the-Year Bernie Carbo, don't be too sure.
Cincinnati's most pressing problem is its pitching, but'
Gary Nolan and Jim McGlothlin are capable starters, and
veteran Tony Cloninger and Don Gullett may be able to fill
in until Merritt and Simpson return. The bullpen, with
Clay Carroll and Wayne Granger, will see a lot of use and
should be effective.
If any team in the National League West should be a sur-
prise, it will be Houston. The Astros have two rookie hot shots
who could tear up the league in left fielder Cesar Cedeno and
shortstop Roger Metzger. Metzger has bumped perennial All-,
Star Denis Menke to first base and Cedeno last year bumped
Jim Wynn out of center field, giving the Toy Cannon an
Manager Harry Walker has moved a happier Wynn back
to center, and with Larry Dierker showing his 1969 form this
spring, the Astros should improve from last year. A top -de-
fensive infield will help, but Houston will need a recovery from
arm trouble by pitchers Don Wilson and Tom Griffin.
The Atlanta Braves have already had a recovery from
two pitchers out with injuries last year, and they should be
stronger for it. And besides the return of Ron Reed and
Cecil Upshaw, Phil Niekro, whose knuckle balls last year
lost what ever magic it is that knucklers have, has been
hurling tremendously this spring.
The trouble is that Rico Carty, perhaps baseball's greatest
hitter and probably its unluckiest, has suffered another injury,
a badly broken leg, and he will be out until mid-season. Still,
Atlanta has Henry Aaron and Orlando Cepeda, who clubbed
72 homers and drive in 229 runs between them last year.
The San Francisco Giants could be a team to be
reckoned with, if Juan Marichal recovers from his dismal
1970, when he sunk to 12-10 after coming down with the flu
The Giants also have Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Bobby
Bonds and Gaylord Perry, but, alas, there is not too much else.
The Padres have even less. Nate Colbert, Clarence Gaston
f THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Dick Bosman
pitched a six-hit shutout as the
Washington Senators crushed Oak-
land 8-0 and won the ceremonial
American League baseball opener
yesterday for the first time since
President Nixon missed the rare
Senator's opening game victory as
M. Sgt. Daniel L. Pitzer, a former
Vietnam prisoner of war, was chos-
en by the White House to throw out
the first ball.
Six walks, a pair of crucial er-
rors, and a hit batter helped the
Senators to all their runs in the
first five innings. They scored
twice in the second without a hit
and twice again in the fourth on
just one hit, a bunt single.
Frank Howard and Mike Epstein
each drove in two Senator runs
while Howard saved Bosman's
shutout with a leaping catch at
the left field fence that robbed
Felipe Alou of a homer in the third
Howard and Epstein lofted deep
sacrifice flies to drive in the two
runs in the fourth.
Alou doubled in the eighth and
went to third on a wild pitch, but
Bosman struck out Reggie Jack-
son to keep the A's in check. The
aced Press ace righthander, who led the
~ted American League in earned run
Senators averages two years ago, struck out
nd Ath- two and walked two.
season Epstein and Paul Casanova each
A's 8-0. rapped run-scoring single off loser
' Vida Blue in the first inning. Blue
walked Epstein on four pitches to
force in another run with the bases
loaded in the second, and relief
hurler Jim Panther promptly un-
corked a wild pitch to let in an-
Curt Flood, the former St. Louis
San Fran- star who sat out last season while
suing baseball over the reserve
[res' Tom clause, marked his return by fig-
trade with uring in each of the Senators' first
. three scoring outbursts, walking
hook up at twice and adding the bunt single.;
n going for Nixon, in a message read by
Ferguson Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird,
New York, called Pitzer a reminder of the
r the Mets 1,600 missing Americans and pris-
the Expos, oners of war "who have not seen
Year last a ball game in a long time, much
less seen their homes or families."
Nixon said Pitzer stood "as a'
symbol of our deep and continu- I
ing national concern for the plight1
of these young men-and of our
national determination to hasten
the day when they too can come
CINCINNATI - Felix Millian
opened the eighth inning with a
triple and scored the tie-breaking
run on Woody Woodward's throw-
ing error as the Atlanta Braves
tripped the Cincinnati Reds 74 yes-
terday in the 1971 National League
[ baseball opener.
A chilled Riverfront Stadium
crowd of 51,701-largest in Cin-
cinnati history-saw the Braves
capitalize on six errors, including
three by third baseman Woodward.
The Reds battled back from a
4-0 deficit to tie the game in the
sixth with the help of Tony Perez'
two-run homer. But their defense
failed in the eighth when Millan
tripled to deep left off reliever
Wayne Granger and scored as
Woodrow threw the ball away after
fielding Clete Boyer's bouncer.
Ninth inning singles by Orlando
Cepeda and Boyer delivered a pair
of insurance runs for the Braves.
Cecil Upshaw, who relieved'
knuckleballer Phil Niekro in the
sixth and blanked the Reds over tht
final three innings, picked up the
Reds' starter Gary Nolan was
rocked for four runs in the second
on Hal King's double, singles by
Millan and Marty Perez, a walk, a the bases on two wal
two-base error by left fielder Ber- batsmen with none ou
nie Carbo and a single by Sonny and Houston picked
Jackson. in the inning without
The Reds nicked Niekro for a hit. Cedeno started tJ
run in the fourth on Perez' single, a walk, one of fou
two walks and an infield out. . Singer. Ground outs k
* * * son and Menke drovc
ks and a hit
ut in the first
up two runs
benefit of a
;he rally with
r issued by
by Bob Wat-
HOUSTON - L a r r y Dierker
scattered 10 hits and Denis Menke
drove in three runs, two of them
with a triple, leading the Houston
Astros to a 5-2 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers in a National
League opening game last night.
Dodger ace Bill Singer, suffer-'
ing from early wildness, loaded
e n eIU rul nst.
After the Dodgers had cut the
lead to 2-1 in-the third on con-
secutive doubles by Steve Garvey
and Bill Russell, the Astros added
a pair in the same inning on
Menke's triple, which got by Wil-
lie Davis in center field.
The Astros added another run
in the fourth on singles by John
Edwards and Cedeno sandwiched
around two groundouts.
Professional League Standings
W L Pet.
Washington 1 0 1.000
Cleveland 0 0 .000
Detroit 0 0 .000
New York 0 0 .000
Boston 0 0 .000
Baltimore 0 0 .000
New York 0 0 .000
Montreal 0 0 .000
Philadelphia 0 0 .000
St. Louis 0 0 .000
Pittsburgh 0 0 .000
Chicago 0 0 .000
Houston 1 0 1.000
Atlanta 1 0 1.000
San Diego 0 0 .000
San Francisco 0 0 .000
Cincinnati, 0 1 .000.
Los Angeles 0 1 .000
MAMMOTH FRANK HOWARD of the WashingtoncS
leaps high into the air to rob Felipe Alou, of the Oaklai
letics of a home run in the third inning ofyesterday's
opener for both clubs. Washington went on to blank the
PITCHING IS THE KEY:
More openers tod,
Milwaukee 0 0 .000 -
Kansas city 0 0 .000 -
Chicago 0 0 .000 -
California 0 0 .000 -
Minnesota 0 0 .000 -
Oakland 0 1 .000 14
Washington 8, Oakland 0
Only game scheduled
New York, Bahnsezi (14-11) at Bos-
ton, Culp (17-14)
Cleveland, Hargan (11-3) at Detroit,
Milwaukee, Pattin (14-12) at Minne-
sota, Perry (24-12)
Kansas City, Drago (9-15) at Cali-
fornia, Wright (22-12)
Only games scheduled.
Atlanta 7, Cincinnati 4
Houston 5, Los Angeles 2
Only game scheduled.
Philadelphia, Short (9-16) at Pitts-
burgh, Ellis (13-10)
Montreal, Morton (18-11) at New
York, Seaver (18-12)
St. Louis, Gibson (23-7) at Chicago,
San Francisco, Marichal (12-10) at
San Diego, Phoebus (5-5), night
Los Angeles,sOsteen (16-14) at Hous-
ton, Wilson (11-6), night
Only games scheduled.
By The Associated Press,
/ The major league baseball sea-
son moves into high gear today
with many teams showing off their
newly acquired personnel.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the
Minnesota Twins are two teamsn
that will be relying heavily on re-
vamped pitching staffs.
Nelson Briles and Bob Johnson
add depth to a holdover quartet
of starters for the Piratesrthat lists
Dock Ellis, Luke Walker, Steve
Blass and Bob Moore. While not
one posted as many victories as
Minnesota's Jim Perry, the Pir-
ates' pitching staff would seem to
be in better shape than the Twins'.
Both Ellis, who pitched one of
four no-hitters in the majors, last
year, and Perry, the Cy Young
Award winner in the AL, get the
statring assignments today. Ellis
will go against Philadelphia's
Chris Short at Pittsburgh while
Perry opposes Milwaukee's Marty
Pattin at Minnesota.
Boston will send Ray Culp
against the Yankees' Stan Bahn-
senrand new Detroit Manager Billy
Martin will open with Mickey Lo-
lich against the Indians' Steve
The Tigers, who parted with
pitcher Denny McLain in a major
off-season transaction with Wash-
ington, gained the left side of an
infield in the deal and will go with
Ed Brinkman at shortstop and
Aurelio Rodriguez at third base.
The Angeles now have Conig-
liaro in a hard-hitting outfield that
also includes AL batting 3hampion
Alex Johnson. They will open in a
night game with Clyde Wright go-
ing to the mound against Dick
Drago of the Royals.
The NL has a night opener with
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Two 20-game winners:
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the Cardinals against
Jenkins of the Cubs. At:
Tom Seaver will open fo
against Carl Morton of t
the NL's Rookie of the
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