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Page Twelve


17, 1977

Bird wins third, 4-1

Sjacial T -11 Daily
DETROIT - It was like the
summer of '76 all over again.
Not the Bicentennial, but the
IN HIS THIRD start of the
year at Tiger Stadium, the peo-
ple's choice, Mark "the Bird"
Fidrych, shut down the Toron-
to Blue Jays last night 4-1. The
Bengal victory capned a three
game sweep of the Toronto club.
Fidrych lost his only. two oth-
er starts at home, but he was
in control at all times last
night, limiting the Jays to eight
While the fans, 26.401 strong,
cheered their hero's every
move, it was centerfielder Ron
LeFlore who provided the ne-
cessary fireworks with two solo
homers. Tiger leftfielder Steve
Kemp also chipped in .with a
two-run homer.
Toronto's rookie ace Jerry
Garvin matched the Bird pitch
for pitch most of the way. He
allowed only five hits, but the
- three Bengal round trippers did
him in. Garvin's record drop-
ped to 7-4, while Fidrych's im-
proved to 3-2.
LeFlore's third inning lead-
off homer opened the scoring.
The drive, LeFlore's fourth on
the year, dropped a few rows
deep into the left field lower
Garvin nowed down the next
eight Tiger batters before fac
ing LeFlore again in the fifth.
tel-lore went to the opposite
field swith a towering upper
deck blast to become the first
Tiger this year to swat two
BR's in one game.
Meanwhile, Fidrych wasn't
quite as sharp in the early go-
ing as he was last week in Oak-
land, but he was tough with
runners aboard.

HIS INFIELD also helped
out, tarming in two fancy dou-
bleplays in the second and
fourth innings to squelch Blue
Jay rallies. The Jays finally
pushed their lone run across the
plate in their half of the fifth
to tie the score at one apiece.
Leftfielder Al Woods got
things started with a one out,
three hundred twenty-five foot
double off the right centerfield
fence. After taking third on an
infield out, Wood scored on a
single to right by Toronto sec-
and basemen Dave McKay.
Some sparkling fielding by
Jay third baseman Roy Howell
saved a run during the two-out
Bengal rally in the sixth.
With Jason Thompson perch-
ed on second with a double,
Howell dove to his right to stop
a one hop smash down the line
by Tiger rightfielder Mickey
Stanley. He then picked himself
up and threw across the dia-
mond to retire the Tiger vet-
eran by a half step.
right field fence provided some
insurance runs for the Bird.
Ben (Ilivie, pinch running for
'Rtisty Staub after his sharp
single to right, scored in front
of Kemp to make it a 4-1 ball-
In the top of the ninth, the
Bird stole the show. With the
deafening roar "Go Bird Go"
ringing in his ears with every
pitch, Fidrych allowed a lead-
off single to Blue Jay's Boh
Bailor. Prior to that hit, Fidrych
had retired ten consecutive bat-
Working at even a faster pace
than usual, Fidrych retired lo-
well on a soft fly to Stanley.
Ron Fairly, who earlier extend-
ed his current hitting streak to

twelve games, pipped out to Y
Chuck Scrivener at short.
With victory just one out
away, The Bird poured three
straight strikes at Blue Jay's:
Doug Mader, who tipped the
final pitch into the mitt of "des-
ignated" catcher Bruce Kimm.
Bird's third
ab r hb i
Jscott of 4 0I 0 0
Bailoess 4 0 1 0
Howell ab 4 0 1 0
Faly lb 4 0 2 0 f
Rader dln 4 0 0 0 '
Ewing f 3 0 0 0
AWodsi 3 1 2 0 a..si
Ashbye 3 0 0 0
McKay 3 0 2 1
Total 33 1 8 01
ab r hb
Le~lore tf 4 2 2 2
Fuentes 2b 4 0 0 0
Staub dh 4 0 1 0
Oglivie pr 0 1 0 0
Kempif 3 1 1 .2a
Thompson 1b 4 0 6 1 0 %F
Stanley rt 2 0 0 0
Rodriguez 3b 3 0 0 0
Scrivineress 3 0 0 0
Kimm e 3 0 0 0
Total 30 4 5 4Y
Toronto 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 0 0-1
Detroit 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 -4 AP Pot
E-Bailor. DP-Detroit 2. LOB-Tor- HUBIE GREEN, who shot a one-under-par 69 yesterday, was
onto 4, Detroit 4. 2B-AWoods, 1o- one of a record number of seven players who tied for the lead
well. HR=tLe~ioe3, Kemp I1nte.S fe h frt o o
IP 1 R FR BB so in the U.S. Open after the first day of play. Rod Funseth,
Garin L, 7-4 8 5 4 4 2 3 Grier Jones, Terry Diehl, Larry Nelson, Tom Purtzer, and
Tr-i w A-2 1i 1 Florentino Molina all shared the top spot.
Record seven tie in U USOpen;
Palmer one shot othe paCe

I ~pPtvothe lzbaiq
By The Associated Press
Finley blasts Kuhn
NEW YORK--Oakland A's owner Charles O. Finley said yester-
day the trade of Tom Seaver by the New York Mets to the Cin-
cinnati Reds "without a whimper from Bowie Kuhn confirms his
perverted, selective and political use of his office to favor his
friends and punish his enemies."
Finley, whose sale of pitchers Vida Blue and Rollie Fingers
and outfielder Joe Rudi was voided by Commissioner Kuhn
last summer, told the Associated Press: "Kuhn's irresponsible
and selective use of his office is a dishonor to the game of base-
ball, insulting to the millions of baseball fans and a total be-
trayal to the once-respected office of the commissioner-"
"Kuhn disapproved Oakland's assignment, waving the banner
of competitive balance. Yet Seaver has gone to the strongest team
in baseball who has won two consecutive world championships and
allows them to virtually cinch their third."
SIU advances
OMAHA, Neb.-Jim Reeves slugged a two-run homer to high-
light a five-run eighth inning rally that lifted Southern Illinois to
a 9-7 victory last night over Califormia State-Los Angeles in an
elimination-round game of the 31st College World Series.
South Carolina, 43-10-1 and the only unbeaten team in the
tournament, opposed top-rated Arizona State, 54-12, in last night's
other game. Southern Illinois, 41-1l, is matched against the winner
of that game tonight.
NBA adopts rules
CORONADO, Calif-The NBA decided yesterday to reduce its
roster limits from 12 men per team to 11, but to add, a two-man
taxi squad for-each club.
Another item recommended by the Competitions Committee and
adopted by tie NBA Board of Governors during the meeting in-
cluded a rule requiring the 24-second clocks to be located above the

By The Associated Press On the 18th, listed at 449
TULSA, Okla. - A bogey on yards but playing much long-
the 18th hole - the result of a er, Palmer nailed his drive,
hanging putt that wouldn't fall was short with a two - iron
- kept the legendary Arnold second shot and chipped to 15
Palmer from joining a group of feet. The par saving putt hit
seven players who fought to the cup, spun around, appear-
one - under - par 69s and a re- ed to drop, then stubbornly
cord - setting tie yesterday in hung on the lip. The happy
the first round of the 77th U. S. roar turned to a resounding
Open Golf championship. moan,
Hubert Green, Ron Fun- "It's a very difficult hole,"
seth, Grier Jones, Tom Purt- said Palmer. "It plays more
zer and Argentina's Floren- like a par. five.
tino Molina shared the top That's the score he made on
spot and set a record for the the hole, leading to a 70 that
number of men tied for the left him one shot back in the
lead in the American National tournament he won in 1960.
Defending champion Jerry
The dynamic Palm~er, still ox- Pate had a more graphic de-
eing that special magic upon scription of the 18th, which
his hordes of fans, would have played to an average of about
been in that number but for the "It's a heluva hole," he said.
troublesome 18th that dashed It got me. ,
the hopes of so many would-be It got me."
leaders. It got him for a double-bogey
His fourth birdie of the six that sent him back in the
gloomy day, a little flip-wedge pack at 72, a very respectable
to four feet on the 17th hole at effort on the deceptively tough,
the 6,873 - yard Southern Hills heavily-wooded layout.
Country Club, ripped a joyous
roar from the throats of the To m Weiskopf probably
mob. came as close as anyone to
It put him one under par for mastering it-but the course
the day and in a tie for the got in its lumps first. Weis-
lead. kopf went an incredible five
Major League Standings
East w L Pet. GB
W L_ Pet. GO New fork 36 36 .581 -
Chicago 3819 667 - Boston 34 35 .567
Pittsburgh 32 24 .571 51< Baltimore 33 27 .550 1',
s. Louis 34 26 .567 5. Milwaukee 30 33 .47 6
Philadelphia 31 2& .525 0 Detroit 27 31 .465 6'
Montreai 26 32 .441 12% cleveland 24 31 .436 81
New York 27 34 .443 13 Toronto 23 35 .397 19%
West Minnesota 35 25 .583 -
- Chicago 32 27 .542 30'
Los Angeles 40 21 .656 - Texas 29 27 .518 4
Cincinnati 32 27 .542 7 California 29 30 .509 41.
San Francisco 27 35 .135 131 Kansas City 28 31 475 6!
San tiego 27 38.415 15 Oaklani 21 31 .475 6OR
Houston 25 38 .397 16 Seattle 27 31 .415 10! ,
Atlanta 23 40 .365 18 Yesterday's Games
Seattle 3, Oakland 1
Yesterday's Games Detroit 4, Toronto 1
Baltimore 5, Mriiawokre 0
San Francisco', St. Louis 4 New Tork 7, Kansas City 0
New York 4, Houston 3 Chicago 7, Boston 3

strokes over par on the first
three holes-double bo-ge on
the first, triple bogey us' the
second-before finishing %ith
a 71.
Open leaders
Hubert Green -1,9
ToimiiPurtzer 3 -;
Floetno 11olina ;IA
Grier Jones '-:
Larry Nelson 34-5-6
Terry Diehl - -
Rod unsei"
Aenold Painner 5'8
steve Meloyk> ;-r
Sam Adams
Mite Morley.4:
Morris Ilataisky
Bob E. Smith 34-'6-;1
aon Padgett 33-7-.0
Joe Inman3 3-35-N
Al Geiberger:15-
George Burns 3737
Tom Weiskopft 35-
Tom Kite 35-36-71i
WailyArmstrong 34-37-
Johinny Miller 3b-.5
John Melnick 1
Peter Oosterhuis 36-:i_.1
Andy Bean
Rik Mtasseng'ile 34.-1
Yesterday's trades
Don Kiriwood and John Vrioe:".
pitcher, John Fiannery, infielder and
an undisclosed amount of no::y t
the Chicago White Sox ir Ke"
Brett, pitcher.
HenrytBender, catcher, and -ram'
Harris and Ralph Muselan.
TEXAS RANGERS-~Traded t ie
Hargan, pitcher, to the Atlsota
Baves for a player to eI:,-ord
later; purchased Dock Ellis. c1r.
fro mthe Oakiand A's.
Nolan, pitcher, to the CaliforniS An
gris foe Craig Hendrickso, ifieder
and a ployr to he named liter: e
called Paul Mosa, pitcher. ,fro
Indianapolis of the American,%"
Wayne Twitchell, pitcher, and hi0
Blackwell, catcher, from the 1'ota
delphia Pkillies for Barry ooer.
catcher, and Dan Whartri, ptO
NEW YORK METS--Optio'edide
Staiger, third baseman. toie:
water of the Internationa leafieO
removed Joe Torre from the atllO
Traded Tom Underwood, pitclher
Rick Bosetti, outfielder; ,an
first baseman, to the St. LOUt'
Cardinals for Bae McBridet
fielder and Steve Waterbury. piter.

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