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May 25, 1977 - Image 12

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Page Twelve THE
Reggie, Martin
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Turmoil continues to statk the New
York Yankees. Their clubhouse sometimes resembles a
time bomb, ticking toward what seems to be an in- '
evitable explosion.
Except for a spurt that produced 14 victories in 16
games following a 2-8 start, the Yankees have been -
less than scintillating on the field. Off it, however, they ,
have been fascinating,
THE LATEST fireworks involve right fielder Reggie,
Jackson, who homered Monday night but then dis
pensed with the traditional handshaking with his team-
mates. He deliberately avoided the corner of the dug-
out where they had gathered to greet him.
Jackson, benched in three of the previous six games
because of a slump, has refused to talk with writers
recently and shrugged off the handshake incident,
claiming, "I had a bad hand."
His teammates didn't buy that excuse. The most
vocal was catcher Thurman Munson, who said, "He
hurt his hand? He's a liar. How's that for a quote?"
MUNSON WAS angry over a magazine article whichr
appeared this week in which Jackson was quoted re-
garding his relationship with the Yankee catcher dur-
ing spring training.
"I talk to him all the time," Jackson was qouted as "FOR A MAN
saying about Munson. "Hut he is so jealous and nervous jealous of anyone
and resentful that he can't stand it. If I wanted to, I imbecile," said M
could just snap him. Just wait until I get hot and hit a The handshake
few out, and the reporters start coming around and I "It wasn't calle
have New York eating out of the palm of my hand . . . "It didn't help at,
he won't be able to stand it." and you hate to s
Jackson and Munson were cool toward each other "I'd call it unsp
during spring training but appeared to have overcome one of Jackson's
the barrier early in the season. Now, that barrier his spokesman w
seems to have been erected again. press. "I think he


Wednesday, May 25, 1977
arkees' fire
for him and wanted to congratulate him."
MANAGER BILLY MARTIN was irked by Jackson's
action and said he would talk to his $2.9-million slugger
and the rest of the team before tonight's game against
Meanwhile, Martin continues to have problems of his
own. He refused to talk to writers following a Saturday
loss against Baltimore and raged at one writer who had1
pursued him into the players' lounge in the Yankee
clubhouse-an area that is off-limits to the media.
Martin, who has a history of problems with front
offices when he managed in Minnesota, Detroit and
Texas, has been at odds with the New York brass over
a variety of subjects.
HE WAS PARTICULARLY irked because the club re-
sisted his request to promote veteran catcher Elrod
Hendricks from Syracuse of the International League
to serve as a third-string catcher.
When he complained bitterly over the issue earlier
this month, he was reprimanded publicly by President
Gabe Paul and fined $2,500 for the outburst. Paul also
pointed out that Martin had missed a meeting to dis-
cuss the catching situation, a development that did not
sit well with the front office.
When Munson was injured in a collision at home plate
Friday night, Fran Healy was the only healthy catcher
on the squad. Hendricks then was brought in from Syra-
cuse on a stand-by basis but has not been added to the
RUMORS CONTINUE that Martin, who signed a
three-year contract after managing the Yankees to
their first pennant in 12 years last season, will be fired
because of his continuing feuds with the front office.
One report had Yankee owner George Steinbrenne
ready to dismiss Martin over the third catcher problei
but that Paul had calmed the storm.

gie s got te bos
to think that Thurman Munson is
that guy has to be ignorant and an
unson after reading the article.
snub had other Yankees more upset.
d for," said center fielder Paul Blair.
all. We're trying to get things together
ee this."
ortsmanlike conduct," said Jim Wynn,
closest friends on the club and often
hen Reggie refuses to talk with the
e's got to realize the guys are rooting

Ryan smokes

Special To The Daily
DETROIT-A large expectant
crowd turned out last night at
Tiger Stadium to welcome hot-
hitting Detroit back from a suc-
cessful ten-game road trip.
But before the fans had set-
tled into their seats, California
pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out
three of the first four Tiger bat-
ters he faced. Ryan duplicated
his feat in the ninth and sealed
a 2-1 victory for the streaking
The Angels tallied their only
two' runs in the second inning
of1 Tiger starter John Hiller.
Joe Rudi and Bobby Bonds
led off the inning with con-
secutive bloop singles. After
Don Baylor popped out, first
baseman Ron Jackson bounced
a single to center to score
Bobby Grich fotlowsed with a
sacrifice fly to bring Bonds
home with the other Angel run.
The Tiger'sone run came in
the fourth inning after Jason
Thompson and rookie Tim Cor-
coran lashed back-to-back sin-
After a Ryan wild pitch ad-
vanced both the runners, Ben-
gal catcher Milt May bounced
out to third, allaning Thompson
to cross the plate.
But the road to Ryan's sev-
enth victory, ninth complete
game, and 100th victory in the
American League was not a
smooth o n e. Although the
swift-throwing righthander al-
lowed only three hits and
mowed d ow n the last 12
Detroiters in succession, he
struggled with his control.
throughout the contest.
Altogether, Ryan walked sev-

en, while striking out 12.
Hiller, whose record dropped
to 1-5, was nonetheless as sharp
as he has been all year. The 34-
year-old relief ace, making only
his second start of the season,
allowed the Angels only five hits,
while going the distance.
After the Angels scored their
runs, Hiller retired 16 batters in
a row, before walking Don Bay-
lor with no outs in the seventh.
The southpaw hurler received a
standing ovation from the crowd
after retiring California in the
The Tigers, who saw their
three game winning streak
snapped, again played wsith-

out the regular services of in-
jured outfielders Ron LeFlore
and Ben Oglivie.
Detroit will try to salvage
split in the two game series to
night when southpaw Dave Ro
erts (3-5) opposes the winninget
pitcher in the mnajors, Pratik
Tanana (7-1).
Earlier in the day, the 'Tigr
announced that pitcher Ve
Ruhle has been placed on tii
21-day disabled list because of
stiffness in his right shoider
The deactivation of R iht)e
makes room on the roster foc
Mark Fidrych, who will itke
his first start Friday against ihe
expansion Seattle Mariners.

Major Leaguve StamuttIIeg%
l.ast tW L Pet. i-at
W L Pet. s Baltimore 22 15 .595 -
Pittsburgh 26 12 .681 - Boston 21 17 .553 1
Chicago 23 14 .621 3- New York 22 18 .550
St. Lotis 23 16 .590 31a Milwaukee 21 22 .488
Philadeltphi 19 18 .514 61 Detroit 17 21 .447 a
Montreat is t 21 .4 10 Cleveland 15 t .417
Nes eork 1s 4 .385 11', Toronto It724 .415
west Minnesota 25 14 .641 -
W L Pet. O Chicago 22 15 .sss -
Los Angeles 30 10 .750 -- Texas 19 16 .5431
Cincinnati 18 20 .474 11 Caltornia 20 21 .4S 6
Houston 16 23 .410 13', . Oakland 19 21 .4 6
San Francisco 16 23 .410 131. Kansas City 18 20 .44W'
san Diego 17 26 .395 141_ seattle 16 q .35 1
Atlianta 15 26 .366 15:.. Yesterday's Games
California 2, Detroit 1
Yesterday's Gaines Batiniore 2, Milwaukee I
New York 6, Boston 5
Montreal 5, Chicago 4, 13 innings Cleveland 7, Seattle 5
Pittsburgh 5, New York 2 Today's Ganes
St. Louis 8, Philadelphia 5 California (Tanana 7-1) at )e-
Atlanta at San Diego, nigit troit (Roberts 3-5), 5:00 p.mo.
Houston at Los Angeles, night Kansas City (Colbon, 5-4and
Splittorftt, 1-4) at Baltimnore 56r's-
Today's Games sley, 4-2 and D. Martinez, 2-2)",2.
5:30 p.m.
Montreal (Alcala 1-1) at Chicago Texas (Perry 3-4 and Blyleven
(Burris 6-4 or Northen 1-1), 2:30 4-4) at New York (Patterson 0-1
p.m and Torrez 5-2), 2, 5:30 p.m.
Philadelphia (Carlton 5-2) at St. Minnesota (Goltz 2-3 and Thor-
Louis (Falcone 1-4), 8:30 p.m. modsgard 2-2) at Boston (Stanley
Atlanta (Lean 1-I) at San Diego 3-0 and Paxton .0-0), , 6 pm.
(Sawyer 2-3), t0 pm, Oakland (Ms-dick 3-2) at Toron-
Cincinnati (Norman 3-2) at San to (Garvin 6-1), 7:30 p.m.
Francisco (McGlotlaen 2-4) - 10:30 ,Seattle (Montague 3-3) at Cleve-
p~lL land (Es-kessaey 3-3), 7:30 P.
Houston (Andujar 3-3) at Los An- Chicago (Knapp 5-1) at Milwa -
geles (Rau 5-0), 10:30 p.m. kee (Haas 3-2), 8:30 p.m.

stant late as Tigers' Phil Mankowski slides for stolen base. But
little matter: Angel pitcher Nolan Ryan allowed only one run-
ner to cross the plate in stopping the Tigers 2-1 for his 100th
American League win.

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