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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 5, 1977-Page 9
'Yankees face Royals in remate

350 or more at bats

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Bostock, Min.
Singleton, Bal
LeFlore, Det .
Rivers, NY...
Rice, Bos ....
Bumbry, Bal.
Fisk, Bos ....
G.Brett, KC..
Cowens, KC..



239 14 100 .388
199 14 90 .336
174 23 97 .327
211 16 57 .326
184 12 69 .326
206 39 114 .320
164 4 42 .317
168 26 102 .313
176 22 88 .312
189 23 112 .312

Superficially,.the American League playoffs look like a repeat;
of last year's. Yes, it's the Yankees (100-62) against the Royals
(102-62), but there have been significant changes in several as-
pects of the junior circuit's fall mini-classic.
.New York has nine new faces on its playoff roster, while Kansas
City has six. Pitchers Don Gullett and Mike Torrez plus outfielder
Reggie Jackson are New York's key new pinstripers. Catcher
Darrell Porter and pitcher Jim Colborn are the most important ad-
ditions to the Royals' court.
Gullett (144) led the American League in winning percent-
age despite his usual injury-plagued season.- Torrez (17-3)
had a streak of seven complete game victories through late
July and early August. He claimed his fastball was most
effective when he pitched every fourth day, and manager
Billy Martin supported this philosophy by adjusting a five-
man rotation around him.
Jackson, baseball's most controversial player, began concentrat-
ing solely on. baseball in August when Martin inserted him as a
permanent fixture in the prestigious clean-up spot. The left-handed
slugger responded by leading the Yanks in RBI's with 110, along
with finfshing second in home runs with 32.
Meanwhile, out in the Midwest, Catcher Darrell Porter erased
the Royals' weakest spot. He hit .272 with 16.home runs and 60
RBI's. Buck Martinez and Bob Stinson shared the role last year,
hitting .242 with 7 home runs and 59 RBI'ssbetween them.
JIM COLBURN, who hurled a no-hitter earlier this year,
strengthened the Royal staff. He finished 18-14 with a 3.62 ERA.
However, the' right-handed Colburn doesn't figure, int n i-
mediate playoff picture.
.Manager Whitey Herzog believes the key to stopping New York's
offensive attack in Yankee Stadium is by using left-handed hurlers.
Herzog's reasons are the short right field porch (310 feet), and the
number of southpaw power hitters the Yanks have. However, New
York is 50-27 against lefties and 20-3 since August 1.

Paul Splitorff received Herzog's opening game nod.Splitorff is 16-
6 with a 3.69 ERA. He won 15 of his last 17 decisions, including a 15-2
stretch between June and August. Against the Yankees this year,
Splitorff is 2-1 with onie no-decision.
Either Andy Hassler (9-6, 4.20) or Larry Gura (8,5, 3.13) will pitch
in Game Two. One question arises: Is the left-handed strategy wor-
th sitting Dennis Leonard on the bench until game three? Leonard
(20-12) was one of only three 20-game winners inthe league and
sported a 3.04 ERA. His walk-strike-out ratio was 79 to 244. Hassler
was 1-3 versus the Yanks this season, while Leonard was 1-1.
Gullett faces Splitorff in the opener, while lefty Ron Guidry
(pronounced GIDree) will hurl in the second game.
Guidry, the Yanks' most consistent pitcher, was 16-7 with a 2.82
ERA. Last year he was on the Yankee playoff roster sporting a 5.63
ERA in seven season appearances.
Martin appears to be following the lefty strategy in "The House
that Ruth built" but his only alternative is Torrez. Although Torrez
has pitched well, Guidry and Gullett have been more effective
lately. The overriding factor is that Guidry and Gullett each beat
the Royals twice in two starts, this accounting for four of New
York's five wins over Kansas City.
The bullpen match up pits the league leading team in saves, the
Royals, with 41 versus the league's leading ERA man in Sparky
Lyle. (Officially Lyle cannot win the ERA leadership since he only
threw 137 innings and the minimum is 162. However he is listed in
newspaper statistics because of the amount of decisions he has.)
Lyle was 13-5 with a 2.16 ERA and saved 25 games.
Right-hander Dick Tidrow, who did some spot starting, will be
the other arm in the bullpen. He was 11-4 with a 3.17
ERA and five games saved.
Three Royals combined for 36 saves. Doug Bird, Mark Littell,
and Gura (provided he doesn't start) will try to put out any New
York fires. Both Bird and Littell are righties. Bird had the hot hand
at the end of the season with 13 saves since August 1.

Offensively. Kansas City is led by cleanup hitter Al Cowens. He
blasted 23 home runs, knocked in 112 runs and hit .312. George
Brett, who hit .444 in last year's playoffs, also hit .312 and had 22
home runs, mostly in a lead-off role. Hal McRae hit .298 with 21
home runs and 98 RBI's mostly as a designated hitter. Jonh
Mayberry and Amos Otis hit 23 and 17 home runs respectively, but
had sub par years in terms of hitting percentage. This year K.C. hit
146 homers, compared to 65 last year.
Herzog will switch his lineup around and bat shortstop speedster
Fred Patek (.262) at lead-off. He's batted eighth or ninth all year,
but his league leading 53 steals encouraged the switch. Also, the.
Royals successfully stole 13 out of 14 times against the Yanks this
New York has a speedster of its own at lead-off with Mick-
ey Rivers. He hit .326 for the year, and his hot streak in
August was one of the main reasons for the Yankee
Martin has inserted American League home run runner-
up Graig Nettles (.255, 37, 107) right behind Rivers. Nettles
was the American League's August Player of the Month, while
Rivers was runner up.
In today's opener, scheduled to start at 3:15, Roy White will be
benched and Lou Pinella (.333) will be in left field, while Cliff John-
son (.29ยง) will be the designated hitter. White ended up at .268 as he
slumped toward the end of the year.
Both teams are solid defensively. Bucky Dent and Willie Ran-
dolph, the Y&nks' keystone combo, along with Nettles at third are
New York's defensive standouts. Center fielder Amos Otis and
third baseman George Brett head K.C. 's defense.
This year the Royals have the home field advantage. The initial
two games are in the Bronx and the remaining three are on the ar-
tificial turf in Royal Stadium. Between Boston, New York and
Baltimore, the best from the East, they won four out of 16 games at
the K.C. ballpark. Since June 7, the Royals are 40-7 at home.


Parker, Pgh .
Stennett, Pgh
Tem'ton, StL.
GFoster, Cin.
Griffey, Cin ..
Simmons, StL
McBride, Phl
Rose, Cin ....
Hendrick, SD
Luzinski, PhI.

637 108
453 53
618 94
615 124
585 117
513 82
403 76
656 95
534 75
554 100

215 21 88 .338
152 5 51 .336
200 8 78 .324
197 52 149 .320.
186 12 58 .318
163 21 95 .318,
127 15 61 .315
204 9 64 .311
166 23 81 .311
171 39 130 .3091

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Al signs to defend title

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Muhammad Ali
will defend his world heavyweight
title against the winner of the Leon
Spinks-Alfio Righetti bout, Butch
Lewis, vice president of Top Rank,
Inc., said yesterday. -
The bout between Spinks, the 1976
Olympic light heavyweight cham-
pion from St. Louis, and Righotti, of
Italy, will (be held sometime in
November, Lewis said.
All, who outpointed Earnie Shavers,
in, a title bout Thursday night, will
receive $3.5 million. Spinks or Ri-
ghetti reportedly will get between
$300,000 and $400,000, according to
Lewis. .
'The bout will be in either Las
Vegas, Nev., or Iran, said Lewis, and
will be shown on home televisionin,
the United States. No date was-set.

Comeback Mac
SAN FRANCISCO - First base-
man Willie McCovey, released by
two teams a year ago, has been
named winner of the National
League Comeback of the Year
The 39-year-old McCovey, a 19-
year veteran, hit .280, with 28 home
runs and drove in 86 runs for the San
Francisco Giants, leading the team
in home runs and RBIs.
McCovey set a new National
League grand slam record, hitting
two for a career total of 18, and
moved into a tie for 12th on the
all-time home run list with 493. He
also went over the 2,000 career hit
* * *
Food for thought
MIAMI - Lou Saban, head foot-

ball'coach at the University of Miami
(Fla.), has disciplined players by
withholding their allotted $12 for
weekend meals, The Miami News
reported yesterday.
Coach Lou Saban would not con-
firm or deny that he had disci-
plined, some players by withhold-
ing weekend meal money, but he
said, "This is just one of the ways we
use . . . I'm just saying money is
perhaps one of the ways."
"If you miss practice, they take-
your weekend money," said senior
middle guard Don Latimer. "They
don't give it to you. That's bad, you
The football team eats at its own
training table next to the cafeteria
during the week. But the cafeteria is
closed on weekends, and football
players are give $12 to buy meals
David Berst of the NCAA said he
has never heard of college players
being fined, but said no NCAA rule
exists pertaining to fining of college
athletes. However, Berst said NCAA
rules do not allow money to oe wava.
held from players if the money
comes from their athletic scholar-
The News reported that the meal
money apparently came from the
players' scholarship funds.
Liberty off State

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Houston on probation

By The Associated Press
Committee on Infractions placed the
University of Houston on a one-year
probation in football yesterday, ban-
ning the Cougars from post-season
games this season and from televi-
sion next year.
The National Collegiate Athletic
Association committee said it found
violations in recruiting inducements,
excessive recruiting contacts and
improper transportation.
The committee's statement said
the violations "resulted in the Uni-
versity of Houston enjoying a distinct
competitive advantage in recruit-
Phils nip LA
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- Mike Schmidt's
run-scoring single broke a tie in the nin-
th inning last night and helped the Phil-
adelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over
the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first
game of the National League cham-
pionship playoffs.
The Phillies survived the shock of a
seventh-inning grand slam home run by
the Dodgers' Ron Cey that tied the
score 5-5, in taking a 1-0 lead in the best-
of-five series.

ment of a young man considered by
many observers to be one of the top
football prospects in the country."
The university's most promising
recruit this year was considered to be
Darrell Shepard, a quarterback from
Odessa, Tex. High School. Shepard
had publicly said that he would sign
with the University of Texas, but
changed his mind just before the
Southwest Conference signing date.
The statement said the university
would publicly reprimand head foot-
ball coach Bill Yeoman as well as one
of his assistants.
The committee also placed Port-
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probation for allowing two ineligible
players to compete.

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to the African Plain. Hope that tal
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this year. Hope that someone,
anyone, with anything to
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fight the battle for life.
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these prisoners of fate, >
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eople with commitment and,
kills who've assessed their
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prepared to give
everything they've got.
And getting back even
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That's the beauty of the
Peace Corps. The work
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Join the Peace Corps
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