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Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, June 7, 1
Oglivie enjoys starting role

By DON MacLACHLAN
Special To The Daily
DETROIT-Earning a starting
spot in the Detroit Tiger out-
field has become quite a task for
28-year old Ben Onlivie. There
always seems to be an obstacle
in the way-either a hot bitting
teammate or, more recently, an
injury.
OGLIVIE CA\ME to the Tigers
in 1973 in a trade with the Boston
Red Sox when 'he Bansls ped-
pled Dick McATliffe to Bean-
town. Even thw'nh he hit .285
in 1976 when ioi-r-s nlagued
the Tiger outfield, Benji never
made it as an evervday starter.
This year was a different story
for the native of Panama. In
spring training, Tiger manager
Ralph Houk decided that he
must have the slender oufielder
in his starting ,outfield.
"Naturally, it is what I've
looked forward to since I've
been playing," Oglivie said last
week before taking the field
against Oakland. "I'm very hap-
py to be playing every day and
hope to make good use of it."
OGLIVIE GOT off to a good'
start this season and things
were rolling right along until he
injured his right shoulder diving
for a fly ball in Milwaukee. In
fact the Bengal rightfielder rip-
ped six home runs-second high-
est total on the Tigers-in April

and May after blasting 15 last
year in only 305 trips to the
plate.
"I'm usually a slow starter
and I'm impressed that I've hit
a couple of home runs so far,"
Oglivie said, "I'm more of a
line drive hitter though."
"I have a strong swing but
putting me in the home run cate-

gory would be wrong," Benji
added. "I strive to make good
contact and hit mostly line
drives. The home runs will come
-every now and then in a cer-
tain situation I will go for a
homer."

~p~I'4 ~fthe ?Sai4.
Big league Lary
By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers placed left-handed
pitcher Bill Travers on the 21-day disabled list yesterday because of
recurring problems with his pitching arm.
The team said Travers was being replaced on the roster
by ex-Michigan star Lary Sorensen, 21, a right hander with a
3-4 record and 4.6 earned run average at the Brewers' Spokane
farm team.
The Brewers said Sorensen would start against Baltimore
tonight.
Sorensen, who pitched for the Wolverines in 1976, hurled three
consecutive shutouts in his last three outings.
Lucius to K.C.
KANSAS CITY-The Kansas City Kings acquired guard Lucius
Allen from Los Angeles for forward Ollie Johnson and their 1978
first-round draft choice.
Kings Coach Phil Johnson said the acquisition of Allen, an
eight-year veteran from UCLA and a Kansas City native, would'
"give us the ideal running mate to compliment Ron Boone and
Otis Birdsong."
"I feel that this trade gives us the strongest nucleus we
have had since the franchise moved to Kansas City in 1972,"
said Joe Axelson, Kings president and general manager.
"We hate to part with Ollie Johnson, who has made a great
contribution to our club, but the need for three outstanding scoring
guards made the move important to our future."
"Lucius Allen has the ability to penetrate, score and run a
club," added Johnson. "His experience, quickness and court savvy
will undoubtedly strengthen our backcourt for the coming years.
I hate to see Ollie Johnson go. He has given us 100 per cent all
the time and has been great for theteam."
All-star tally
NEW YORK - Boston Red Sox teammates Carl Yastrzemski,
a 13-time All-Star selection, and catcher Carlton Fisk amassed the
most votes for the 1977 All-Star team in the first weekly tabulation.
Yastrzemski, an outfielder, led all players with 131,131
votes and Fisk had 117,244. Fred Lynn, another Boston out-
fielder, was third in the balloting with 103,879 and still an-
other Boston star, shortstop Rick Burleson, was fourth with
96,431, more than double the 45,317 votes for the runner-up
shortstop, Milwaukee's Robin Yount.
Second to Fisk among catchers is New' York's Thurman Mun-
son with 86,188. The third outfielder in the early voting is Boston's'
Dwight Evans with 75,800. George Brett of Kansas City 'leads the
third basemen with 77,107.

LOS ANGELES DODGER shortstop Bill Russell avoids the sliding Bill Buckner of the Chic
Cubs in yesterday's 3-1 Chicago victory. In other action, Montreal downed Atlanta 4-2, San Fi
cisco nipped Pittsburgh 3-1, Philadelphia swept past Houston 9-5 while in the AL New York cra
ed Texas 9-2 and Baltimore emulsified Milwaukee 5-2. The Boston Red Sox edged Kansas City

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