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Page 12-Tuesday. July 17, 1979-The Michigan Daily
AL seeking to break All-Star hex
SEATTLE (AP)-Flame-throwing two outs of a record fifth in his last start mismarked," Ryan said flatly. "I don't baseman Frank White, bat 7-8 for
Nolan Ryan of the California Angels last Friday night against the New York think they're mismarked, I know. AL followed by the pitcher's position
will start for the American League Yankees. He finished with his third one- "I'd be afraid to predict how many
against crafty Steve Carlton of the hitter of the season and seventh of his home runs are going to be hit tomorrow ALL-STAR Game rules require ti
Philadelphia Phillies for the National career instead. night but I know that batting practice is pitchers take their turns at bat and
League in tonight's 50th All-Star Game. Carlton has pitched two one-hitters going to be amazing." not use the designated hitter which
Managers Bob Lemon of the AL and this season, the last one July 4 against Lemon inserted Baylor in the No. 3 part of the American League rules.


Tom Lasorda of the NL announced the
starters as well as other lineup changes
forced by injuries before both teams
worked out yesterday in the controlled
climate of the Seattle Kingdome.
LEMON SAID he would shift Boston's
Carl Yastrzemski, elected as an out-
fielder in the fan ballot, to first base,
replacing Rod Carew of California, who
has been sidelined for six weeks with a
thumb injury. To replace Yaz in the
outfield,' Lemon named California's
Don Baylor, who leads the majors with
85 runs batted in. Baylor had finished
14th in the fan voting but was named to
the team as reserve.
Lasorda said he would use
Philadelphia's Bob Boone as his star-
ting catcher. Ted Simmons of St. Louis,
the elected starter, will miss the game
because of a broken wrist and Cincin-
nati's Johnny Bench, a perennial All-
Star named to the team as a reserve,
pulled out because of recurring back
Lasorda's decision to start Boone
behind the plate with his teammate,
Carlton, on the mound created an in-
teresting and ironic situation. Carlton
usually has demanded that the Phillies
use veteran backstop Tim McCarver
instead of Boone as his regular catcher.
He had no choice in this matter,
BOTH STARTING pitchers are low-
hit specialists. Ryan has pitched four
no-hitters in his career and came within


All-Star pairings
Frtae ab r h hr rbi pct.
Yastrzemski AL 302 45 86 16 57 .285
Garvey NL 376 49 118 14 52 .314
F. White AL 219 31 58 5 26 .265
Lopes NL 3.57 65 93 20 45 .261
Third Base
G.Brett AL 386 68 123 9 50 .319
Schmidt NL 313 68 83 31 68 .265
Smalley AL 340 64 116 15 65 .341
Bowa NL 295 45 78 0 14 .264
Rice Al 352 67 114 21 67 .324
Lynn NL 319 63 103 24 75 .323
Baylor AL 361 72 108 23 65 .299
Foster NL. 285 45 95 26 72 .333
Winfield NL 357 58 118 22 72 .331
Parker NL 343 53 102 16 54 .297
Porter AL 306 58 94 10 61 .307
Boone NL. 252 29 01 7 44 .321
Starting Pitchers
Ryan AL
Carlton NL
slot in his batting order and followed
him with three Boston sluggers, Jim
Rice, the right fielder, center fielder
Fred Lynn and Yastrzemski.
Shortstop Roy Smalley of the Min-
nesota Twins, who has led the league in
hitting almost all season, will lead off,
followed by third baseman George
Brett of Kansas City. Two other Royals,
catcher Darrell Porter and second

Lasorda's NL lineup opens with
Davey Lopes of Los Angeles at second
base leading off followed by Dave
Parker of Pittsburgh, the right fielder,
batting second. Steve Garvey of Los
Angeles, twice chosen Most Valuable
Player in these games, bats third at fir-
st base followed by third baseman Mike
Schmidt of Philadelphia, whose 31
home runs lead the majors, in the
cleanup spot.
Then come left fielder George Foster.
of Cincinnati, center fielder Dave Win-
field of San Diego, Boone, shortstop
Larry Bowa of Philadelphia and
THE AMERICAN League has lost
seven straight games and trails in the
series 30-18-1. Lee MacPhail, president
of the AL, joked about his league's All-
Star predicament.
"Losing streaks are miserable," said
MacPhail, nodding at Lasorda, whose
defending NL champion Dodgers
reached the All-Star break in last place,
17 games behind. "Just ask Tommy.
It's tough when you're losing for a week
or 10 days. But when you've got a losing
streak in the All-Star Game that's
lasted seven years, well that's
Chub Feeney, NL president, chuckled
at MacPhail's situation.
"Tommy told me not to worry," the
NL boss said, "so I'm not gonna

the New York Mets, and has a record-
tying five in his career.
Ryan said yesterday he doesn't
believe the Seattle Kingdome, a noted
home run haven, was even as big as its
published dimensions.
The three-year-old, $67 million
facility, is listed as 316 feet down both
the lines.

Dodger blues engulf
NL skipper Lasorda
SEATTLE (AP)-"It's like a snow- Forster, our ace reliever was out the
ball going downhill," lamented first month and a half from his elbow
Manager Tom Lasorda of the Los operation. He is back but not 100 per
Angeles Dodgers. "The farther it goes, cent.
the bigger it gets." "We were without Reggie Smith for
Baseball's perennial optimist still is 40 of 45 games. First he hurts his leg,
trying to find the brake pedal that can then his neck. We win eight in a row and
halt the slide of a team that won the then lose the Penguin-Ron Cey, who
National League pennant the last two missed 10in a row. He's our hottest hit-
years and now has plummeted to the ter. Rick Monday tears his Achilles
cellar, 17% games out of first place in tendon, and we're without him as well
the West Division. as Reggie and Cey.
"Every day I hope it's the day we "We get back on track, splitting four
start a winning steak. Every day it's with the Reds and sweeping San Fran-
been another disappointment." cisco in three. Then what happens? An-
The once happy warrior, who has dy Messersmith-pitcher, goes on the
spent 34 years in the Dodgers disabled list for 21 days with a radial
organization, said he had tried every nerve in his neck and elbow. Then Doug
conceivable device to snap his injury- Rau, pitcher, hurts his shoulder and is
plagued team out of its miserable lost for the season.
"We have called meeting after Lasorda, normally ebullient and
meeting," he said. "I've chewed the overflowing with "Dodger blue" en-
guys out until the walls rattled. I've thusiasm, sounded likea man singing a
tried the other tack. I've praised them, funeral dirge.
told them they are the best team in
baseball and all they have to do is go out "No need to cry," he said. "It sounds
and prove it." s like an alibi. People don't care about
Lasorda hopes his luck will change in yu rbes ihypr.cn o'
tonight's All-Star Game in the Kin- your problems. Eighty per cent don't
gdome here when he sends his National give a damn. The other 20 per cent are
Leaguers against the hand-picked gladyouhavethem.
talent of the American League. "Me? I try to keep a happy face. But
Tradition is with him. The NL has won it's a car coming out of one of those
the last seven in a row, 15 of the last 16. $29.95 new paint jobs. It's pretty and
"We were handicapped from the shiny on the outside. Inside, you don't
very start of the season. We didn't have know. Maybe there's not even an
Tommy John, one of our front line pit- engine.
, chers. signed by the Yankees. Terry, - . ."pometimes that'show. feel."

A moo
Seattle fried chicken AP ""
New York Yankee pitcher Tommy John really gets the bird during practice
yesterday for the 50th major league All-Star game, to be played in the
Kingdome in Seattle. John, 13-4 on the season thus far, will be part of the
AL mound effort trying to stop the National League from taking an eighth
straight midsummer classic. The game can be seen on TV tonight beginning
at8:15. .. .

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