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Page 16-Tuesday, July 25, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Rose raps record hit!

Billy out,
Lemon in
for Yanks
LONG BEACH, Calif.
(AP)-Bob Lemon said
yesterday his sudden
hiring as manager of the
New York Yankees after
Billy Martin resigned came
during a quick phone call
from Yankees' President
Al Rosen.
"He asked me if I was in-
terested in coming back
right now. I said, 'All
right,' and that was that.
Asked about taking over
a team with a reputation
for volatile relationships,
Lemon said: "I read the
papers and everything. But
you never really know how
hot the air is until you get
inside."
Martin resigned as
Yankee manager yester-
day amid concern that his
physical condition was
deteriorating.
For more on Billy's
resignation, see page 15.

Pete 's one-out single
in 7th ties NL mark

NEW YORK (AP) - Pete Rose tied
the modern National League hitting
streak record of 37 games last night
with a seventh inning, single off Pat
Zachry.
Hitless in his first three at bats again-
st the right-hander, Rose came up with
one out in the seventh inning as the
Shea Stadium crowd of about 30,000
fans, including Commissioner Bowie
Kuhn gave the veteran Red star a stan-
ding ovation.
The crowd began to chant, "Let's go,
Pete."
ON THE FIRST pitch from Zachry,
Rose bunted foul. He then took a ball
wide before slashing the third pitch to
left field for the record-tying hit.
As the fans roared their approval the
ball was returned to Met first baseman

Willie Montanez, who handed it to Rose.
The Cincinnati star then handed the
ball to the first base coach and tipped
his hat to the fans.
The fans' ovation lasted some three
minutes before the game could resume.
ROSE HAD been retired easily in
each of his first three at-bats against
Zachry, a former teammate. He flied to
center in the first inning, hit into a force
play in the third and flied to center
again in the fifth.
His base hit ignited a Reds' rally and
when he came in to score on a bloop-
single by George Foster, he was
greeted enthusiastically by his Cincin-
nati teammates.
Rose will try to break the modern NL
record he now shares with Holmes
tonight when the Reds again meet the
Mets.

YOUNG'S DEBUT A SIX-HITTER
Tiger rookie stymies A 's, 4-1

By DAVE RENBARGER
special to the Daily
DETROIT-The irony is incredible.
On the very night that the most prized
and most injury-prone pitcher in the
Tiger organization starts his first minor
league game in a while, another 23-year
old righthander shows up in Detroit for
his first major league start,
And, even though the inevitable com-
parisons between Mark Fidrych and
Kip Young are still a bit premature, the
19,733 fans at the ballpark couldn't help
but enjoy what they saw the newcomer
Young do last night.
Displaying the ability and poise of a
veteran, Young disposed of the Oakland
A's 4-1, in an impressive six-hit com-
plete game performance.
It was indeed a show reminiscent of
Fidrych a la '76, except that the
business-like Young lacks most of the
Bird's charisma.
He is not lacking, however, in either
the fastball, curveball, or change-up
departments, much to the delight of
Ralph Houk and the rest of the Tigers.
On the mound Young's herky-jerky
pitching style differs considerably from
Fidrych's smooth motion. But the for-
mer Bowling Green hurler exhibited
Fidrych's trademark of getting
progressively tougher as the game
were on. Young retired the final 12
Athletics in order, while only allowing
one runner past second base all night
long. He was especially tough with run-
ners on base,.
For the rookie who compiled an im-
pressive 11-3 ledger at Evansville, it
was an extra-sweet victory in light of
the tough defeat he suffered last week

and it looked as if Young was going to
benefit from an avalanche of runs.
However, as has been the case so of-
ten this season, the base hits didn't add
up to 'that many runs scored for the
Detroiters.
This time the Tigers managed to blow
Oakland starter and loser Matt Keough
off the mound before the game was two
outs old and bang out six hits before the
game was two innings old, only to come
up with a mere two runs.
Those two came on a homer by Rusty
Staub, and after that, the Tigers were
stymied on one scoring opportunity af-
ter another, leaving five runnrs on base

in the first two innings.
Lou Whitaker got things started by
slapping a single to center, setting the
tables for Staub's 16th homer, a long
drive into the right-field upper deck.
The two RBI's gave the veteran DH 81
on the year, putting him in a tie with,
Boston's Jim Rice for the league
leadership in that department.
Two more Tiger singles prompted
Oakland manager Jack McKeon to em-
ploy the quick hook to all-star righthan-
der Keough. Southpaw Bob Lacey took
over to face the Tigers' left-hand
swinging lineup and got the final two
outs of the inning.

Bird shines brightly
in Lakeland premiere

Oakland scored its run in the second,
as former Tiger Willie Horton lead off
with a double. Horton, who went 3-3 on
the evening, scored after sigids ny
Mario Guerrero and Joe Wallis to make
it 2-1.
It could have been 5-1 a half inning
later with a few clutch Tiger hits, but
Lacey would have nothing of it. Detroit
loaded the bases with one out, but the
tall Oakland reliefer fanned Staub and
Jason Thompson to get out of the jam.
After the early-inning action, the con-
test settled down into a dog-fight pitting
Young against a parade of Oakland pit-
chers.
McKeon repeatedly went to his
bullpen and his third pitcher, Elias
Sosa, turned in a solid inning's of relief
in the fifth. He was gone, for some
strange reason, in the sixth, giving way
to Dave Heaverlo. The Tigers roughed
up Heaverlo for their final two tallies.
Aurelio Rodriguez notched his 3rd hit
of the night, a single to center, to begin
the frame. He took second on a sacrifice
bunt and scored on Ron LeFlore's
single. A moment later, LeFlore scored
also, circling the bases via a stolen
base, an errant throw to second and a
sacrifice fly to Whitaker.
SCORES
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicagos.5Milwaukee I
Mianesota 5, Boston 4
Kansas City 5, New ork2
Detroit4, Oakland 1
Seattle 1-7. Torontoa0-2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta5,Philadelphia i
cincinnati5. New York 3

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)-Mark
"The Bird" Fidyrch pitched three
scoreless innings against minor league
opponents last night in his first
professional appearance since April 17
when arm trouble interrupted his
career with the Detroit Tigers.
PITCHING FOR the Lakeland
Tigers, a class A farm team in the
Detroit organization, Fidrych threw 34
pitches to11 players before leaving the
game.
"I-pitched three innings and if that's
not hope I don't know what is," said
Fidrych, obviously contented with his
performance.
A crowd of about 3,000 gave the 23-
year-old ace a standing ovation after he
completed his scheduled three-inning

opposing Fort Myers Royals, a farm
team of the Kansas City Royals. He
surrendered a single in the second in-
ning,but a double play eliminated the
threat.
FIDRYCH'S TOUGHEST inning was
the third when he walked one, allowed
one hit and had to throw 20 pitches to
retire five players. The game was
scoreless at that time.
Although not throwing hard, Fidrych
showed no signs of the pain. The 1976
American League Rookie of the Year
had a 2-0 record and a 2.45 earned-run
average with the Tigers when he had to
stop playing last April because of inten-
se pain.'
Fidrych is scheduled to pitch four in-
nings for Lakeland farm on July 28 and

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