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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, October 5, 1987

Tigers take 'Motown Showdown'
Detroit sweeps Jays to
capture AL East title *

(Continued from Page 1)
winning six in a row, including the
first three games of a four-game set
against Detroit in Toronto last
weekend. But Toronto lost the last
game of the series, then three
straight to Milwaukee before coming
to Detroit.
. All seven of the games the Blue
Jays and Tigers played in the final
two weeks of the season were decided
by one run, and two went extra
innings, including Saturday's 3-2,
12-inning victory that put the Tigers
a game ahead of Toronto.
TORONTO played six of the
games without All-Star shortstop
Tony Fernandez, and catcher Ernie
Whitt missed the last three games
with two cracked ribs. Fernandez
suffered a broken elbow on Sept. 24
when he was hit while making a
pivot on a double-play attempt.
The Tigers begin their second
American League playoff in four
years on Wednesday in Minnesota
against the Twins, who already had
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clinched the AL West. The Tigers
also won the division, and the World
Series in 1984.
This was a championship in stark
contrast to the Tigers' 1984 division
title, but for the Blue Jays, it was
just another in a growing list .of
failures.
Detroit started the 1984 season
by winning 35 of its first 40 games,
won the AL East with a record of
104-58, swept Kansas City in the
playoffs, then beat San Diego in a
five-game World Series.
THIS, HOWEVER, was not a
team that had it easy. Kirk Gibson
missed the first 25 games with a rib
injury. Alan Trammell missed some
early playing time with a sore foot.
And third baseman Darnell Coles,
later traded to Pittsburgh, committed
15 errors by May 19, once throwing
a ball over the Tiger Stadium roof in
disgust during infield practice before
he was benched.
On May 5 the Tigers were in
sixth place, 11 games out. But from
May 11-18, they won six straight,
and by the All-Star break they were
11 games over .500 in third place.
Detroit worked its way into second
for the first time this season on July
21.
Coles, replaced by Tom Brookens
at third, was traded. Bill Madlock
joined the club on June 4 after he
was released by Los Angeles. He had
a .301 batting average with six home
runs by the end of August. Pitcher
Doyle Alexander, a former Blue Jay,
was traded from Atlanta on Aug. 12
and won all nine of his decisions
with Detroit. The Tigers were on
their way.
THE TIGERS won the
division with 98 victories, the most
in baseball.

-Associated Press
Tiger pitcher Frank Tanana celebrates his six-hit division-clinching
shutout of Toronto with first baseman Darrell Evans. The Tigers will face
Minnesota in a best-of-seven series starting Wednesday in Minnesota.
GRIDDE PICKS

Miller Time
BY SCOTT G. MILLER
Bo's not uptight...
...he's just stoned
Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler had a tough week. Real
tough.
Instead of Schembechler making life tough for others, a kidney
stone made life tough for him. He had to spend last Tuesday in the
hospital. A 49-0 demolition of Wisconsin proved to be just what the
doctor ordered.
"Bo wasn't nearly going out of his mind as much as he usually
does before our Big Ten opener," said nose guard Billy Harris. "It was
good that the game was lopsided so he didn't have to get uptight."
Thank God.
Bo laid back?
One never would have known Schembechler had such an easy
Saturday after listening to the post-game press conference. A tough
talking Bo faced reporters. The usual Bo.
Schembechler proudly proclaimed that he had predicted Michigan
State would beat Iowa. Bo was on a roll. A big victory. A great
prediction. He could do no wrong.
There is a set of unwritten rules regarding Schembechler press
conferences that reporters understand, yet ignore. Breaking these rules
makes for a great show.
Rule I: Never question the master when he's on a roll.
Of course, a Detroit writer broke Rule I by knocking
Schembechler's analysis of the Spartans. Hadn't the Spartans been
blown out by Notre Dame and Florida State?
"I'm going to tell you something," said the 19th year head coach.
"I read some of the stuff you write. You're a nice guy, but you don't
know how to study football games. You don't.
"For anybody to come in here and tell me Michigan State is not a
good football team is crazy. I don't care what happened to them the
last couple of weeks. Nobody can run on them or pass on them.
Nobody does anything on them. If they can scrounge two
touchdowns, they'll be in every game they play."
Notre who?
While on the subject of studying football, professor Schembechler
could not resist offering his opinion of the balance of power in
college football.
"Then you guys (writers) say Notre Dame is the greatest football
team to ever live," said Schembechler. "That's going to end someday
too because there are no superpowers out there. I haven't seen
Oklahoma, and they probably are. And maybe Miami (of Florida). I
don't know."
Bo was on a roll again.
Rule II: Never ask stupid questions, especially when the master is
on a roll.
"What is going to happen next
week in East Lansing?" said a
Kalamazoo writer.
"What the hell kind of question
is that? How long have you been in
this business?" said Schembechler.
"It's going to be a game. They're
going to start this game at 3:30
p.m. It's going to be a hell of a
game."
"Boy, you're ornery since you
got that kidney stone," said the
Kalamazoo writer.
Doctor's orders
Schembechler earlier in the press
conference had answered the two
pertinent questions regarding those Schembeehler
kidney stones.
Question: "What kind of orders have you gotten from the doctor?"
Answer: "None. Dr. Schembechler, that's all."
Question: "Do they want you to stay calm?"
Answer: "No no no. No no. This is one of those things that is
uncomfortable. It hurts. But it is not life threatening."
Rule III: Never start the master reminiscing. He won't stop.
"I have a great teacher on kidney stones," said Schembechler.
"Biggest kidney stone of them all, (Don) Canham had. They couldn't
get his out unless they operated.
"But I don't want to go through that. They didn't have the old
smasher in those days, did they Don?"
"No, I was tough," said Canham.
So is Schembechler.

The NFL football strike had a
bizarre intermingling with the
Tigers-Blue Jays Sunday season
finale.
The Toronto Blue Jays, with a
solid three and a half game lead and
one week to go, lost seven straight
games and the American League
Eastern Division crown to the
Tigers.
What made 'em falter in general?
Blue Jay coach Jimy Williams has a
response for yesterday's loss. He
said, "nobody watches those damn
football players in Detroit (the
Lions) anyway, but when I saw
those tractors pulling toward
downtown this morning, I knew our
players were going to have some
trouble concentrating.
The three hundred tractors
Williams referred to, w e r e
sympathetic farmers trying to block
fans from attending the Lions-
Buccaneers game at the Pontiac
Silverdome.
Later in the day, the tractors made

the thirty mile trip to the Griddes
office, 420 Maynard, to drop off
their picks for this week's games, in
hopes of winning a $10 gift
certificate to Domino's Pizza.
1. MICHIGAN at Michigan State
(pick total points)
2. Indiana at OSU
3. Minnesota at Northwestern
4. Iowa at Wisconsin
5. Illinois at Purdue
6. Oklahoma at Texas (Dallas)
7. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
8. Maryland at Miami, Fla.
9. LSU at Georgia
10. Arizona St. at Washington
11. Virginia at Clemson
12. Arkansas at Texas Tech
13. Wyoming at BYU
14. Mississippi at Kentucky
15. Air Force at Navy
16. US C at Oregon
17. Stanford at Washington St.
18. Virginia Tech at S. Carolina
19. Columbia at Princeton
20. SLIPPERY ROCK at Lock
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