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Page Twelve


Saturday, August 13, 19


special To The Daily
DETROIT -- It was a long. night for
pitchers and a thrilling one for fans as
the Minnesota Twins downed the Tigers
12-11 before a crowd of 20,554.
The Twins posted a seven-run second
inning and a five run third to get off to
a seemingly insurmountable 12-3 lead,
but the Tigers kept coming back.
MINNESOTA LED 12-9 going into the.
ninth. With one out, Rusty Staub and
Kemp blasted back-to-back solo home
runs to bring "etroit back to life. How-
ever, Twins relief ace Tom Johnson re-
tired Jason Thompson on a groundout to
second and fanned Ben Oglivie to end
the game.
The main gate attraction was Minne-
sota's Rod Carew, who was hitting .384
going into last nigh's action. Carew re-
ceived a rousing ovation when he belted
a grand-slam home run into the right-
field upper deck in the third inning. But
it was the rest of the Twins lineup that

set the pace in the early going.
Tiger starter Fernando Arroyo retired
the side in order in the first inning.
Arroyo had a 3-0 lead to work with,
thanks to Thompson's opposite-field home
run in the first, but ran amuck in the
Bostock and Glenn Adams on eight
straight p it c h e s. Butch Wynegar's
groundout to first advanced the runners,
then a single to right by Rich Chiles
scored two runs.
Minnesota third baseman Mike Cub-
bage homered to right just over Oglivie's
outstretched glove to put the Twins ahead
On the very next pitch, Bob Randall
laced a pitch to right, and that was all
for Arroyo. Manager Ralph Houk yanked
him after only 1113 innings of work in
favor of southpaw Jim Crawford.
Crawford, however, fared no better as
Larry Hisle greeted him with 4 long
single to left. Roy Smalley followed with

a hit-and-run double, bringing in two
more runs to make it 6-3.
Smalley crossed the plate when Tiger
second baseman Tito Fuentes bobbled a
routine grounder for his 22nd error of the
IN ALL, it MEN came to the plate in
the nightmarish inning, as the Twins
posted a 7-3 lead. The Tigers fought back
hard, but never quite caught up.
The Twins continued to pound in runs
.in the third. Cubbage singled home his
third run of the game on a blooper to
Next, Randall and Smalley both sin-
gled, setting the stage for Carew's grand
The Tigers chipped away at the lead
wi h three two-run innings.
In the third, Staub, Kemp and Thomp-
son all singled to load the bases. Staub
scored the Tigers fourth run on Oglivie's
double-play grounder. Catcher Milt May
bounced a single to right to score Thomp-

DETROIT ADDED a pair of runs
the fourth when Ron LeFlore singled
left and trotted home as Fuentes belt
his fifth homer of the year.
In the Tiger sixth, shortstop Tom Vo
yzer singled, and LeFlore doubled to p
men on second and third. Both scored
groundouts by Fuentes and Staub.
While the Tigers offense mounted
comeback, they got some unexpected r
lief in the persons of Steve Grilli ai
Bruce Taylor. The pair combined G
six shutout innings on one hit.
Minnesota's Tom Burgmeir, who can
in in third inning for starter Pete RE
fern, picked up his sixth win in nil
decisions. The lefthander yielded f
runs in fivr innings, before giving w
to Johnson in the eighth.
With the win last night, Minnes
moved into first place in the Weste
Division by a half-game over Chica
The White Sox lost to Texas 10-7.

5 pre o'te brilLittler increases PGA

By The Assocated Press
NCAA alters tourney format
GREENSBORO - Weak collete basketball conferences that
automatically send a team to the NCAA national tournament each
year will lose that privilege rfter one n ore season.
The NCAA executive comiittee agreed yesterday to a plan
limiting automatic tournament berths to champions of the 16
conferences holding the best won-lost records in the previous five
years of Division I tournament play.
The 10-man commitee like-I the recommendation of Its
basketball study committee so much that it voted to begin
the plan with the 1979 tournament a year earlier than called
for in the original proposal.
The change will reduce the number of automatic bids from 21
to 16, leaving half the berths in the 32-team tournament on an at
large basis. A selection committee will fill those spots from inde-
pendents and other conference-aligned schools.
Yankees shuffle personnel
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees recalled third base-
man Mickey Klutts from Syracuse of the International League
yesterday and added Art Fowler as the pitching coach'.
Klutts, who was batting .281 at Syracuse with 14 homers
and 65 runs batted in for 8S games, was brought up to take the
place of Graig Nettles, who sprained a knee Thursday night
and will be out for about a week.
To make room for Klutts, the Yankees optioned outfielder
Dell Alston to Syracuse.
Fowler, was a coach under Yankee Manager Billy Martin
with the Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, has
been wit of baseball since the Ra-igers fired Martin and several
members of his staff during the 1975 season.
0's Palmer one-hits A's
BALTIMORE-Jim Palmer htirled a two-hitter and rookie
Kiko Garcia's two-run single capped Baltimore's four-run sixth
inning rally as the Orioles defeated Oakland 6-1 last night and
handed the A's their 14th consecutive loss.
Palmer, 13-10, pitched his first complete game in seven
starts and extended Baltimore's winning streak to five in a
Vida Blue, who lasted only one-third of an inning while losing
in New York Wednesday night, had allowed only three hits, includ-
ing Doug IDeCinces home run, before being shelled from the
mound in the sixth. Itis record is now 10-15.
Pirates nip Mets
PITTSBURGH-Pitcher Jim Rooker drove in two rtius and
scored another after a stolen base to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates
to a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets last night in the first
game of a doubleheader.
Rooker, who raised his record to 10-6 on a nine-hitter, had
itree singles in three at-bats off loser Jerry Koosman, 8-13.
Rooker's two-run, bases-loaded single in the second inning
gave the Pirates a 2-2 tie after New York had scored twice in
the first with the help of an error byPirates shortstop Mario.

fy The Associated Press
Littler, reeling off pars with
the machine-like monotony that
has been his trademark, again
sidestepped the subtle terrors of
Pebble Beach with a three-un-
der-par 69 and stretched his lead
to two strokes yesterday in the
second round of the PGA Na-
tional Championship.
The 47-year-old Littler, the
only player in the field who
has notmade a bogey, com-
pleted 36 holes in 136, an im-
pressive eight strokes below
par for his two, conservative,
slow-paced strolls over the
6,806-yard Pebble Beach Golf
Links that winds through tow-
ering eucalypus t r e e s and
along the crags of Carmel
Jack Nicklaus, seeking a rec-
ord-typing fifth PGA champion-
ship, was assessing his round of
71 and his 140 total while Littler
played the 18th hole.
"Actually I played fairly well
-iJst nothing much happened,"
Nicklaus said. "With 36 holes to
ga. I'm obviously in good posi-
tion at only three strokes back."
He paused while a volunteer
worker changed Littler's sub-
par total from a red seven to a
red eight, signifying a birdie on
his final hole.
"All I was saying," Nicklaus
said, "four strokes back isn't
That birdie, on a 15-foot putt,
ended a string of 11 consecutive
pars for Littler, who had been
sidelined with an aching back
for six weeks coining into this,
the last of the year's Big Four
events that also include the
Masters, U.S. Open and British
Littler, however, said he was
not surprised - "that's not a
very good word"-to be leading
Amoerican League
.oo'iota 1, .Vetroit 51
Now York 10-4, Calitornia 1-3
Cleveland 2-3, Milwaukee 0-4
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naltinzore 6, Oakland 5
Kasas City9, T onto $
tBoston 7, Seattle 2
Texas 10, Chicago 7
National League
rittsbuigh 3, New York 2
St. Lois 2, montrteal

to two strokes

the tournament. "I've played
fairly decently, not too bad, for
three or four days now," he said
in typically, low-key fashion.
But, while pleased, he was
vastly unimpressed at being in
"It doesn't mean anything
at this point," said the veteran
who scored his 29th tour tri-
umph earlier this season.
"With 36 holes to go in the
tournament, anything can hap-
pen on a golf course like this."
Jerry McGee, who came to
Pebble Beach primarily for a
second honeymoon and to cele-
brate his recent victory in the
Philadelphia Classic, was second
at 138 after a second round 70.
Nicklaus and Danny Walkins,
who shot a 71, were another two

shots back.
Nest came a group at 1
headed by Tom Watson,
game's outstanding player tl
year who was forced to use b
rowed clibs when two of his of
sets of irons were declan
Watson was tied with fe
mer Masters champion Chas
les Coody, Joe Inman and }
Geiberger, author of a recon
59 earlier this year. Coody ha
an erratic 71, Geiberger a .
and Inman a 69 in the chilli
f o g.g y, occasionally drizz
Johnny Miller and Lee Trevi
were at par 144. Miller with
second round 74. Trevino wit
73 that included a double bog
seven on the last hole.

JERRY McGEE, a former Ohio State golf star, blasts out of
trap enroute to a bogey in yesterday's action in the PGA
championship at the famous Pebble Beach layout in California'.
Monterey Pennisula, McGee didn't make too many bogeys,
his two-day total of 138 left him in second place, two stroke
back of the pace set by Gene Littler.k

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