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Friday, May 19, 1972


Page Eleven

Friday, May 19, 1972 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Eleven

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Sorry Detroit,
the Tigers don't have it!
J'OR THE Detroit Tigers it's like going from the frying pan
into the fire. First they met the dangerous Baltimore
Orioles and now they tangle with the first-place Cleveland In-
Billy Martin's Bengals didn't fare so well against Balti-
more, and even if that doesn't really mean too much this early
in the season the team's lack of improvement over last year is
evident. The Tigers still have two pitchers and a lot of old
homerun hitters. Their starting staff is thin, their bullpen is
weak and their age is finally beginning to show.
Somehow Detroit fans have decided theirs is the team
to beat this season, but the reasons are unfathomable. The
same team that last year finished a relatively distant sec-
ond is back with the unimportant addition of Tom Haller
and another year on all of its starters.
Haller won't make any difference to the Tiger fortunes and
the only reason the club could improve in the standings is if
everyone else in the AL East is worse.
Or particularly if Baltimore is worse.
A Tiger pennant in 1972 depends mainly on the Orioles'
ability to fold, If Mike Cuellar, Pot Dobson, Boog Powell, etc.,
don't came through, then maybe the Tigers have a chance. If
not, forget it Detroit.
Mickey Lolich might really be the best pitcher in the
American League although that sounds incredible, and
Joe Coleman pairs with him to make an excellent top two.
But then what? ... Nothing.
Tom Timmerman had a few good starts early in the sea-
son but it's unrealistic to expect a 31-year old professional re-
liever to blossom into a strong every-fourth-day starter. You
can't teach an old dog too many new tricks.
And Les Cain ... he still impresses no one.
When the season moves into the middle of July and Au-
gust with teams playing eight or more games a week at least
four and probably more starters will be needed. The Tigers
don't have them. The Orioles probably do. Even if Cuellar is
about finished he beats Cain and there is also Doyle Alexander
waiting to move in.
Although most baseball experts-or pseudo-experts--
agree that pitching is something like 90 per cent of the
game, Detroit has never believed that wisdom. The Tigers
have been trying for ten years and more to win on hit-.
ting, and ance they succeeded. But they never made the
logical move and swapped some of their excess hitting for
Since Don Demeter was exchanged for Earl Wilson De-
troit has been almost silent in the trade market, except for
the Bowie Kuhn forced deal with Washington that added three
young stars to the team. Bowie's better for Detroit than Jim
But with the exception of Aurelio Rodriguez, Detroit has an
old club. No team in the American League East comes close to
the Tigers in age. Maybe some players-like Norm Cash and
Al Kaline - can last into their mid-thirties, but most can't.
Jim Northrup seems to be on his way out, as does Dick
McAuliffe and even Brinkman, Freehan, Stanley, and Horton
are into or nearing their thirties.
So, it's now or never Tigers. As many prospects come
out of the Detroit farm system as chicken hatch from
grapefruits. The last good one was Stanley, about seven
years ago.

By The Associated Press
The league leading clubs in
baseball kept pace by all scor-
ing victories in an abbreviated
schedule in baseball yesterday.
Even Detroit continued its
erratic path towards winning
riding Joe Coleman's eight
strikeout pitching to a 7-2 romp
over the Boston Red Box.
Willie Mays and Company
rode a two run first inning to
a 2-1 victory over the Montreal
Expos as the Mets widen their
National League East lead.
Mayo came home on Timmy
Martinez' triple. Martinez fol-
lowed Mays' lead by scoring on
a sacrifice fly.
Ex Mets Foli and Hunt com-
bined for Montreal's only scor-
Magic Number Now 133
Knowing that Detroit fans
all over the country want to
get a head start on their
friends, the Daily, as a public
service, presents the Tiger
Magic Number. Today it is
any combination of 133 Tiger
wins or Cleveland losses. Col-
lect all the magic numbers,
trade them with your friends.
Joe Coleman fired a three-
hitter and Detroit tagged Lew
Krausse for four runs in the
fifth inning as the Tigers down-
ed the Boston Red Sox 7-2
Thursday night.
Coleman, now 6-2, gave up a
second inning single to Rice
Petrocelli and double to Carle-
ton Fisk in the fifth, and Reg-
gte Smith's homer in the eighth.
Coleman struck out eight giv-
ing him 51 for the season-four
behind teammate Mickey Lo-
lich who leads the American
Norm Cash gave the Tigers a
1-0 lead with a towering hom-
er in the first, landing in the
upper deck in right. Tony Tay-
lor connected in the eighth.
A triple by Tom Haller led
off the Detroit second and he

slip by Bosox

WILLIE MAYS comes right on in to score after his Met team-
mate Martine tripled. Mays and Company combined to grab a
2-1 decision over the Expos. And by the way, the Tigers won.

nip Nets
Lewis sank two free throws with
nine seconds left last night to
give the Indiana Pacers a 100-
99 victory over the New York
Nets. It gave the Pacers a 3-2
lead in their best-of-seven Ameri-
can Basketball Association cham-
pionship playoff.
Rick Barry, who got 33 points

came home on Dick McAuliffe's
In the fifth Jim Northrup
doubled in a run following a
single by Gates Brown and
walk to Willie Horton. Hailer
then unloaded a two-run dou-
ble, with the fourth run scor-
ing on the second wild pitch by
reliever Bill Lee.
Fisk's double led to the first'
Boston run. He scored on a
wild pitch by Coleman.
Ken Rudolph pounded a two-
run triple highlighting a three-
run fifth inning and the Chi-
cago Cubs rolled to a 6-4 vic-
tory Thursday night over the
faltering St. Louis Cardinals.
Rudolph, batting .111 begin-
ning the night, delivered his
big hit against Cards' right-
hander Al Santorini, 2-5. The
shot went to right center
bouncing to the wali.
The triple tied the contest at
2-2 and Rudolph, the Cubs'
substitute catcher, scored mo-
inents later on Don Kessinger's
bloop single. Kessinger drove in
two with another single in the
St. Louis, which lost its eighth
straight game, pounced on
Cubs' starter Milt Pappas for
its runs on four hits in the op-
ening inning.
Lou Brock opened with a
single up the middle, raced to
third on Ted Sizemore's double
down the field line and both
runners scored on Ted Sim-
mon's single. Simmons drove in
two more runs in the ninth.
Pappas was forced to retire
from the game with a sore right
elbow after facing six Cards
batters. Veteran Juan Pizarro,

2-1, the second of four Cubs'
pitchers, was credited with the
victory on 4 2-3 innings of re-
Syd O'Brien opened the 12th
inning with a double and cam
around to score on a two-out
singledby Mickey Rivers, giving
the California Angels a 4-3 vic-
tory over the Oakland A's last
O'Brien had come into the
game as a pinch runner in the
seventh inning after Ken Mc-
Mullen doubled. He came on to
score the tying run on a pinch
single by John Stephenson, who
was making his first appearance
since being recalled from Salt
Oakland struck with four sin-
gles good for two runs in the
first inning. Campaneris and Joe
Rudi led off with base hits and
Reggis Jackson followed with a
run-scoring single to right. After
Sal Bando fanned, Rudi scored
on Dave Duncan's sacrifice fly.
Hal McRae drove in four runs
with a single and double-his
first of the season - and the
Cincinnati Reds rolled over the
San Francisco Giants 8-5 Thurs-
day, for their eighth consecutive
The Reds pounced on Giants'
starter and loser Sam McDowell,
5-1, for three runs in the first
inning. Consecutive singles by
the first four men in the Cin-
cinnati lineup, Pete Rose, Joe
Morgan, John Bench, and Hal
McRae produced two runs and
Julian Javier's bases-loaded bunt
one out later added another.

This weekend's series doesn't mean life or death to the for the Nets and led all scorers,
Tigers, but it does give them another chance to test their 99-a9 leaw irk a seemingly sa
pitching staff before the going gets rough. If the pitching can't on two free throws, but Pacer
come through now it's unlikely it will ugder more pressured Billy Keller hit his fourth three-
conditions. If the Tigers sweep the series all Detroit will be point goal of the game to pull
ecstatic once again about its first place team, but how about the Pacers within one. Lewis
using some sense this time Tiger fans. Your team isn't that then stole the ball and was foul-
ed by Ollie Taylor to set up the
good. winning free throws.
:.::-. .:.:::...::::::;..;. Keller and e i a h fns e
it with 22 points to lead Indians.
Professional League Standings buwa York started strong and
M, built a40-20 lead i the second
American League National League period. The Nets maintained a
East lead of between 13 and 19 points
Eastw2G1WL Pet. GB the rest of the first half. But the
Cleveland 15 9 . Gil N Yor i 7 7 Pacers started a rally at the out-
isa.625 - 'hiiadeiphia is i2 .556 5V.
Detroit 15 10 .600 1s Pittsburgh 14 12 .538 6 set of the third quarter sparked
Baltimore 13 12 .OBJ2% Chiago 14 13 .5i 96j by Keller and rookie George Mc-
Boston9 14 .391 5Y BMstreali1is15a.464 8 Ginnis.
New York 9 15 .375 6 St. Louis 10 20 .333 12
Milwaukee 7 15 .318 7 , west Keller hit three straight three-
west Houston 17 10 .630 - point goals as Indiana outscored
Minnesota 17 7 .708 - Los Angeles 18 11 .621 - New York 17-4 in the first four
oakland - 1 9 .6522 Cincinnati 16 13 .552 2 minutes of the second half.
Chicago 15 10 .600 21! San Diego 13 16 .448 5
Tea s11 55O.423 7 .Atlanta 1to1so.3a7 71/z4 tG..> Y O~) t
Kansas City is1it6.403 07/jSan Francisco923 3.281 101
California 11 16 .407 7Y1 Yesterday's Results
Yesterday's Results New York2, Montreal 1 itK
Detroit 7, Boston 2 Cincinnati 8, San Francisco 5
California 4, Oakland 3, 11 innings Chicago 6, St. Louis 4 r
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