Page Twelve I Ht MICHIsAN DAILY thursday, June 30, 1977
Tigers sew up Boso
51,745 urge Bird
on to sixth
By DON MacLACHLAN
and PAUL CAMPBELL
Special To The ails
DETROIT - The biggest
crowd of the year cooverged on
Tiger Stadium lost night. It was
a cool, cloudless night - the
best a Detroit summer has to
BUT 51,745 PEOPLE didn't
come down to enjoy the wea-
ther. They came to see Mark
"The Bird" Fidrych. They came
to see him pitch, they came to
see him gesture, but they most
of all came to see him win.
Fidrych and his fellow Tigers
didn't disappoint the throng as
they combined to beat Boston
It was Fidrych's sixth straight
complete game victory, after
he had failed twice in his first
two outings. Detroit also ex-
tended its longest win streak of
the year to four games, sending
the Red Sox to their sixth
Once again, Fidrych's team-
mates backed him up with fine
defensive play and timely hit-
ting. Jason Thomson provided
the biggest offensive thrill of
the night when he smashed a
Ramon Hernandez fastball off
the facing of the third deck in
rightfield for a two-run homer.
THOMSON'S BLAST iced the
victory for the Tigers, who had
staked Fidrych to an early 4-0
lead, scoring a pair of runs in
both the second and third inn-
Steve Kemp led off the second
with a walk issued by Bosox
starter and loser Bill Lee, and
Thomson followed with a dou-
ble to right-center.
Mickey Stanley chopped a
grounder to first, which Boston
first sacker George Scott threw
home - but too late to catch
the sliding Kemp.
Thomson crossed the plate
with the Tigers second run
when Aurelio Rodriguez ground-
ed into a fielders choice.
IN THE THIRD, Ron LeFlore
extended his hitting streak to
seven games with a leadoff
single. The speedy centerfielder
then promptly stole his 18th Kemp with the fourth Bengal
base of the year. run.
Tito Fuentes' second single of Fidrych,- who didn't allow a r
the game nudged LeFlore to runner past second in the first
third. With one out, LeFlore six frames, ran into trouble in
scored when Kemp beat the the seventh. Third baseman
relay to- first on an attempted Butc'- Hobson blasted Fidrych's I
doubleplay and took second first pitch into the leftfield
when the throw eluded Scott. seats. Before the shock of his
Thomson stepped up and first gopher ball of the season
lunged at a 2-1 pitch, blooping wore off, Fidrych walked Denny
a single to center, scoring Doyle on five pitches. Rick
Burleson sent Doyle to third
with a single to center, then i
~ - -Fred Lynn drove Boston's sec-
ond run home with a sharp
safety to right.
BUT WITH THE tying runs
in scoring position, Fidrych
got Jim Rice to pop out in the
infield, then induced Carl Yas-
trzemski to foul off a ball,
which Thomson caught on the
steps of the dugout,
Tom Veryzer capped the Ben-
gal scoring in the eighth by
driving home Mickey Stanley
swith a single.
The crowd was on their feet
as the Tigers took the field in
the top of the ninth. Every
pitch became an event, and
each out a celebration, as Fid-
rych mowed down Doyle, Burle-
son, and Lynn to the tune of
the loitdest "Go, Bird, Go!"
Brd's sixth chant of the season.
LA, INDIANS WIN SLUGFESTS
Expos chil Cubs'
By The Associated Press for three unearned runs in the
MONTREAL - Righthander second, paced by catcher Rick
Jackie Brown pitched a seven Dempseys two run single.
hitter as the Montreal Expos
broke the Chicago Cubs' eight The Indians cut the margin to
game winning streak with a 5-0 3-1 in their half of the second
victory last night. on Bell's triple.
Sp t f the tbai4
By The :Associated Press
Major leaguers shelved
ANAHEIM-Outfielder Joe Rudi of the California Angels will be
sidefined for at least three weeks because of a chip fracture of the
index finger on his right hand, a spokesman said yesterday.
Rudi was hit by a pitch thrown by Nelson Briles of Texas in
the first inning of the sectond game of a doubleheader last Sunday.
Preliminary X-rays indicated no fracture but secondary
X-rays revealed a chip fracture of the second metacarpal bone,
the Angels' spokesman said.
Cleveland Indians centerifeld Rick Manning has fractured a
vertebra and will be lost to the American League baseball team
for several months.
Orthopedic specialist Dr. Earl Brightman told the Indians that
Manning must be placed in a back brace for six weeks. The 22-
year-old outfielder was injured in a June 4 game at Seattle, when
he slid head-first into second base on a steal attempt.
The Texas Rangers also placed right-hander Mike Marshall
on the 21-day disabled list yesterday and called up young Mike
Bacsik from their Tucson farm team in the Pacific Coast'
Marshall strained ligaments in a knee Monday fielding a ground
Smith ends speculation
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-North Carolina's Dean Smith sought to
bury speculation yesterday, announcing he has asked not to be a
candidate for the prestigious vacancy created by the resignation
of UCLA basketball Coach Gene Bartow earlier this month.
"I fully expect to be at Carolina for the 1977-78 season," said,
Smith, whose Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference tourna-
ment championship this year and finished second to Marquette
in the national NCAA tournament.
WHA, ready to move
NEW YORK-The World Hockey Association will be able to
meet the July 13 deadline in applying for membership in the
National Hockey League and comply with the conditions, says
WHA president Bill MacFarland.
Only six of the nine active WHA franchises will be accepted
by the NHL next season, but MacFarland said he could not reveal
The WHA's board of trustees met here Tuesday to discuss
the involved financial negotiations leading to a merger between
the two leagues, or what the principals like to refer to as the
"accommodation" approved by the NHL in Montreal last week.
Acceptance of six WHA teams was the standard the NHL set,
all of them scheduled Wo play in a single separate division but
with gradual integration taking place over a three-year span.
It will be an expensive operation, but well worth it," said
MacFarland. "Everybody understands that it's an idea whose time
has came and that it isn't noine to involve everybody."
Still the fans weren't satis-
fied. They rose from their seats
again and yelled for their hero
until he popped out of the dug.
out to acknowledge their raves
Then they filed quickly out and
headed home, to emerge once
again when the Bird takes the
aurisons 5 is
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Fidrych w, 6-' 4 i 9s
Sutton scattered fis-e!hitslove
seven innings and hot-hittin
Steve Garvey belted two ho
runs as the Los Angeles Dodge
battered the Atlanta Brves 13-
Sutton, 9-3, gave up two run
,in the first inning, but wen
on to strike out eight and sad
dIe ex-Dodger teammate And.
Messersmith, 5-4, with the de
Garvey got his first homer
the fifth and his second in
five-run eighth inning, buildi
his season's total to 20 homer
Both came with the bases em
ty, the second immediately f
loving a three-rin blast by Bi
Messersmith walked in t
first Dodger run in a four-r
fourth inning and Steve Y
ger's run-sooring single tied
score before Sutton built himse
a two-run lead with a bloop d
ble to right. Sutton singled h.
another run in the sixth bef
departing for a pinch-hitter
Brown, 5-6, struck out one
and walked none to record
his firsi victory since a 2-0
blanking of the Astros on June
15 in Houston. He had lost
two games since.
Andre Dawson was the Ex-
pos' offensive star, cdllecting
four singles in four appear-
ances, scoring two runs and
driving in another.
Teammate Warren Cromartie
had a pair of singles and a dou-
ble in four at-bats and scored
twice while Dave Cash drove
in a pair of runs with a single
and a sacrifice fly.
CLEVELAND - Designated
hitter Rico Carty drove in five
runs with a single, double and
his fourth home run to carry
the Cleveland Indians to an 11-
8 victory over the Baltimore
Orioles in the first game of a
twi-night doubleheader yester-
Cleveland starter Jim Bib-
by, 8-4, won his third straight
decision with relief help from
Sid Monge and Jim Kern.
Rudy May, 9-7, was tagged
with the loss.
Carty's effort led a 13-hit In-
dian attack. Buddy Bell and
Ron Pruitt each added two RBL
Baltimore jumped on Bibby
Cleveland went on top for
good with a five run third in-
ning rally, highlighted by Car-
ty's two run double and a two-
run single by Pruitt.
Carty's homer in the fifth
gave Cleveland an 8-3 lead and
the Indians banged out four
hits for three more runs in the
Major Leagume Standings,
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
W L Pit. GB w L Pet. G8
Boston 41 31 .563 - Chicago 47 23 .671-
New York 41 33 .554 1T_ St.Louis 40 32 .556
Baltimore 38 35 .520 41_ Philadelphia 39 32 .548
Cleveland 35 14 .507 41' Pittsbueth 38 33 .5 I
ilwaukee 35 31 .479 7 Montreal 30 41 .422Li
Detroit 34 38 .48 7 New York 30 42 .416 it
Toronto 15 44 .389 13r> West
West Los Angeles 50 25 .6G6
Minnesota 42 31 .575 - Cincinnati 38 33.535i
Chicago 40 31 .563 1 san Francisco 34 41 53
Kansas City 31 34 .528 3 Houston 33 42 14448
California 35 35 .500 5%- Sn san hego 31 46A3
Texas 34 36 .486 61- Atlantan 17 47 .364
Oakland 31 40 .437 10 Yesterday's Results
Seattle 33 45 423 1112 Montreal 5, Chicago0
Los Anteesh1a, Atlanta 7
Yesterday's tesults New Tork 5, Phladelphia 3
Cleveland 11, Baltimore 8 Today's iames
2nd game incomplete San Francisco (Balic k 6
Detroit 7, Boston I Cincinnati (Fryaan. 3-5)
New York (Zaibly, 3-8) at
Today's Games treal (togers, 9-6), n-
Baltimore (Griamey, 7-3) at Cleve- Los Angeles (Rhoden, 10-3) ol
land (Garland, 4-8), a. lanka (P. Niekro, 6-9)-, a.
New York (Hunter, 3-3) at Toron- Pittsburgh (Kison, 5-3) a1
to (Garvin, 7-6),, a. delphia (Catotn, 9-4), '
Boson (Tiant, 5-6) at Detroit C hicago (Krukow, 7-4) at st.
(Rozema. 6-3), n. .(Forsch. 9-4), n.