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Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, June 2,97
Fidrych shelled by Indians

Bird loses 2nd
in 6-4 defeat
By PAUL CAMPBELL
and DON MacLACIILAN
spcial To The Daily
l)ETIROIT--Back in the good old days of last
year, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych used to love to
pitch against the Cleveland Indians. After all, he
won his first big leagne game against Cleveland,
and beat the Indians four times withont a loss.
But that was another time, as the Indians
proved last night when they shelled the Bird and
went on to a 6-4 victory over the Tigers.
FIDRYCH, WHO worked the first six innings,
was tagged with his second loss in twio decisions,
and gave up ten hits and five runs to the Tribe
hatsmen.
Cleveland starter Jim Bibby provided the best
pitching of the night, hurling the first seven and
one-third innings and giving up five Tiger hits
while striking out nine.
The Tigers had given Fidrych a 2-0 lead on
individual runs in each of the first two innings.
In the first, uon LeFlore led off with a slow
roller to the left side. Bibby threw wildly on the
play, and the speedy LeFlore took second easily.
Tito Fuentes followed with a ground single to
center to bring LeFlore home.
A CLEVELANf) miscue also played a part in
the Tigers' second inning rally. Milt May led off
with a single to center, then took second on a
passed ball by Cleveland catcher Ray Fosse. The
Detroit backstop crossed the plate when LeFlore
rapped a 3-2 two-out pitch tip the middle for his
second consecutive single.
But Clineland, led by seoid baseman Duane
Kuiper, charged back in the bottom of the third
to tie the game.
With one otit, Frank Duffy tried to squeeze
Buddy Bell home with a bunt. But Detroit third
Baseball's
leaders Nb
NATIONAI LEAGUE
G AB R t Pet. By The Ass
Patrtttr Pt, 43.t1t0 32 66 .367 The Asst
Tritlo chi 43 54 4 56 .364 NEW YORK
Scott stL 40 104 13 37 .356 Clarence Cansp
Kranepoot NY 39 t17 17 9 - said yesterday
Btaker LA 48 t67 29 55 .329 altprfrt
EVeottr lt38 155 20 51 .329 woitd prefer t
rseit StL 43 141 20 46 .326 WHA wither ot
ilendrietk SD 46 163 24 53 .325 accept a mert
Itittee ('itt 45 185 36 66 .324
Sii1i1lA - 45 t59 43 5t .321 leagues.
Hone Runs In an intervie
Mureer. Chicago, 13: Cey, Las n-essed strong
Anneles. 13; Smnithnos Angete', the WHA and c
12; lttrrettghsAtlanta, 11; Gios- that at least
ter, Cntettnati, 11.
Runs Batted In - 'lbhs ha"" a c
Cey, Los Aneltes, 45: winfield, the NHI, if thev
San Diego, 42; Parker. Pittsbtrgi rilt ir"ese
39; Bnrroughs. Atlanta, 39; Garve. ,'a rtebell Si
I.os Angeles, 38.
Pitching (6 Decisions) wontl not sotl
Denny, St. lnt. -0, 1.080; Call- of the dissolt
drita, Pittsburgh. 6-1, .857; Ratat, tt in the
Los Angeles, 5-1, .833; Carlton.
Phil-adelphtia, 7-2, .778; R~nrseh, St.
Loutis, 7', .778; 1oden, Los An-
geles, 7-2, .778; RReutschel, Chicago,
6-2. .750; DSutton, Los Angeles, 6-2, ajo
.750.
nosed 80 t00 at Bats

baseman Phil Mankowski threw a strike to May
to nail Bell on a close play. One out later, how-
ever, Kuiper knocked in Fosse and Rick Manning,
who had reached first on a fielder's choice and
stole second base.
A STEADY drizzle began to fall at the start of
the fourth inning, lItt it did not damper the In-
dians' performance at the plate. They added
single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings
to extend their lead to 5-2. Rico Carty, Kuiper,
and Fosse got the RBI's for the Tribe.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the eighth
inning. With one out, Cleveland third baseman
Buddy Bell lost the handle on a LeFlore grounder
to put a man on first.
After seeing Bibby walk Fuentes on four
straight pitches, Cleveland manager Frank Rob-
inson called on newly-acquired lefty Sid Monge
to douse the fire.
THE EX-CALIFORNIA southpaw gave up a
bases-loaded single to Jason Thompson to bring
the Tigers back within one, but forced Ben Oglivie
to pop out in the infield, ending the Tiger rally.
Tiger lefty Bob Sykes, who relieved Fidrych to
start the seventh, knocked off six consecutive
Cleveland batters before yielding a leadoff single
to pinch-hitter Paul Dade in the ninth.
Dade stole second and moved to third on Bell's
fly to right. Detroit manager Ralph Houk sum-
monned Steve Grilli from the bullpen, but the
Indians made the squeeze work this time as Fosse
laid down a perfect bunt to garner his second RBI
o>f the game.
KUIPER,.WHO led the Cleveland attack with
three RBI's, was also spectacular in the field.
Twice he robbed a Detroit batter of hits-first in
the fifth, when he stabbed a hot shot off Fuentes'
Abat on one bounce, and then in the sixth, when he
made ail incredible twisting leap to nab a line
drive off the bat of Rusty Staub.
The Indians have won eight of their last ten
games, while the Tigers dropped their seventh
game out of eight played at home. Detroit will
try to salvage a split of the two-game series to-
night. Rookie Dave Rozema (4-2) will go to the
mound for the Tigers against veteran right hander
Pat Dobson (0-4).

AP Phot
Hang it up
Ex-author and New York Yankee pitcher Jim Bouton is shown
here preparing for his comeback debut with the Knoxville
Sox, a White Sox farm team, on April 16. The 38-year-old
pitcher was dropped by the club yesterday, however, after
compiling an 0-6 record.

IL boss disdains merger

;oeiated Press
- President
bell of the NHL
he personally
o let the rival
n the vine than
ger of the two
w, Campbell ex-
feelings about
ontinted rumors
four tots WHA
hance of joining
meet the finan-
nts.
id srh a move
"ve the problem
rtion of player
NHL since ex-.

pansion began in 1967 and the
WHA's creation in 1971, and
its subsequent raiding of more
than 100 players from the
older league.
Expansion was essential at
the beginning, Campbell said,
"but we didn't anticipate the
invasion of Mr. Davidson and
conpany," referring to Gary
Davidson, one of the founders
and first president of the WHA
who later resigned.
Campbell said that WHA can-
didates are not suitable for the
NHI.
"In the first place, they're
not compatible. They're our
rivals. They were people that

la.il
NIGHT EDIT(
SCOTT LEU
did their best to dE
Why would we sals
now? To hell with
"Don't talk about
attitude. I'm talking
attitude. I haven't tI
speak for the NHL.
decide at the govern
ings next week, I
about my attitude."
Campbell's attitu
and simple, is to let

ymy
DR: I
(IS
estr y us.
'age them
them.
the NHL's
about my
he right to
They will
tor's meet-
'm talking
de, plain
the WHA,

1 Lef ae Standings
:.:: ,'::::: ;,; ag s:" I vs vs bv a. hi^m w"e

AMERICAN LEAGUE AMERICANsLEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE which- has had two franchises
G AB R H Pct. W L Pet. GB East
Carew Mm 44 181 31 66 .365 Baltimore 26 18 .591 - W L Pet. GB
BaFlor Toe 34 152444 .352 New York 26 21 553 11 Chicago 8 a$ .636 - BI L L B O A R D
Washngtn Tex 31 121 12 42 .347 Boston 24 21 .533 21 St. Louis 2 18 .609 1
Fisk Bsn 43 147 31 50 .340 Milwaukee ns 25 .500f 4 Pittshuegh .6 17 618 1Y2 The Ann Arbor Women's
Awands Toe 34 173 17 41 .333 Cleveland 70 73 .488 51 Philadelphia na no .5680 soito AW A
Burleson Bsn 43 185 26 61 .330 Detroit 18 27 .400 814 Montreal 18 27 400 10% Golf Association (AAWGA)
Bostok Min 43 161 30 53 .329 Toronto 8ta 29 .382 9 New York 17 29 .369 12 has announced that entries
Munson NY 45 181 30 59 .326 west are now being accepted for
Poquette KC 37 118 14 38 .32 hinnesota 29 17 .0568 3 the 49th annual Women's
aisle Min 45 175 33 56 .320. California 24 23 .511 51 Los Angeles 33 15 .688 -- Tournament. The tournament
Bome Runs Texas 21 21 .500 5 Cincinnati 23 23 .500 9 will be held June 27-30 at the
Zisk, Chicago 14; GScott, Boston, Kansas City 22 23 .489 614 San Diego 24 29 .453 11% -University course.
12; Evans, Boston, 11; Rice, Boston, Oakland 22 24 A78 7 San Francisco 21 27 .438 12
11; Nettles, New York, 11; Bonds, Seattle 21 30 A12 We Houston 20 27 .426 1214 To -be eligible to partici-
California, 11; Hisle, Minnesota, 11; Yesterday's Results Atlanta 17 33 .340 17 ate the entrant must be a
Gross, Oakland, 11. Kansas City 11, Toronto 3 p s
Runs Batted In Cleveland 6, Detroit 4 Yesterday's Results woman 16 years or older who
Hisle, Minnesota, 45; Rudi, Cali- Late games not included is either an AAWGA member,
fornia, 42; Zisk, Chicago, 38; Mun- ** Today's Games san Francisco 2, San Diego 0 a resident of Washtenaw
son, New York, 35; Hobson, Bos- Cleveland (Dobson, 0-4) at De- Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 2
ton, 33. troit (Rozema, 4-2), a. New York 6, Montreal 4 County, or a member of any
Pitching New York (Figueroa, 6-3) at Min- Late games not included private or semi-private golf
DAlexander, Texas, 6-1, .017; nesota (Holly, 2-1), n. club in Washtenaw County.
Burgmeler, Minnesota, 5-1, .833; Ta- Baltimore (Flanagan, 1-2) at Today's Games
nana, California, 8-2, .800; castro, Chicago (Barrios, 4-3), a. - The entry fee is $20. To
Milwaukee, 5-2, .714; Knapp, Chi- Boston (Stanley, 3-2) at Texas New York (Koosmanl, 3-5) at register, or for further in-
eago, 5-2, .714; Palmer, Baltimore, (Briles, 2-2), n. Montreal (Warthen, 2-2), a. formation, contact Mrs. Dal
7-3, .700; Ryan, Cafornia, 8-4, .667; Oakland (Langford, 4-3) at Seat- Houston (Bannister, 1-5) at Cin- tactMr6.-Daa
5 Tied With .667. tle (Pole, 2-1), a. cinnati (Billingham, 6-3), a; VaS at 662-8S18.

fold this season, fall flat on
face. "Let it die on the vine
The NHL and WHA hao
been holding a series of talk
on a possible merger and e
special committee made up d
owners from both leagues wil
report to the governors at the
meetings in Montreal net
week.
As far as the NH1 is co
cerned, Campbell said the stt
us of the talks "hasn't change
a bit."
"We have a committee lit
is investigating the advantage
and disadvantages of some pa
sible type of accommodation
I'll use that word-and the
have not any authority to neg
tiate or to make any offerS
any kind or to receive aN
Their only responsibilitys is
report to the governors tO
week."
Campbell , said he helin
that U. S. Dist. Court Judge l
Leon Higginbotham of Phi
delphia is being kept iofntltf
by NIL lawyers of any neW'
velopments. it was Judge
ginbotham who presided 0
the anti-trust suits broughl
the WHA against the NBL
the out-of-court settlement
February 1974.
Larry Doby is back with
1948 Cleveland teammate,
Lemon, as a Chicago White
coach. Former pitcher L
is the manager.
Met rookie center fieldtU
Mazzilli had o chance to
the 1976 Olympic teaS
speed skater at 500 mottIa
in 1973 chose baseballfover
ice sport.

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