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BOSTON (7-3), with Carl Yastrzemski hitting three homers and Jerry Stephenson and Gary Bell winning twice, moved into the league lead for the first time in 18 years. Right Fielder José Tartabull helped keep the Red Sox there by throwing out Ken Berry at home plate for the final out of a 4-3 victory. Center Fielder Ted Uhlaender of MINNESOTA (5-4) made a spectacular over-the-fence catch of a would-be two-run homer in Cleveland, which helped preserve a victory. Harmon Killebrew, who had not hit a home run in 72 at bats, bashed two of them to beat the Tigers 4-3 and 4-2. (The Tigers had won the first three games of their series.) Killebrew also came through with his annual triple—he has had one a year in each of the past four seasons. It came in the 10th inning and helped the Twins beat the Indians 6-5. The two leading starters for CHICAGO (5-5)—Gary Peters and Joe Horlen—both faltered, but rookies Stan Jones and Fred Klages and retread Wilbur Wood were winners. Peters, though, came back to beat the Red Sox 1-0 in 11 innings. Manager Eddie Stanky berated sportswriters "all over the country" mainly because they have been saying his team is dull. "The day the White Sox clinch the pennant, we'll lock the clubhouse door for an hour," Stanky added. Earl Wilson of DETROIT (5-3) brought his record to 18-9 with two wins, and rookie John Hiller pitched his second shutout in a row to lift the Tigers to just a game and a half off the lead. "Maybe," said Manager Mayo Smith, "the race is just starting." Fritz Peterson of ninth-place NEW YORK (5-4), who had won just three games all year, stopped the White Sox on two hits. And Bill Monbouquette, a two-game winner, beat the White Sox 5-0. Pennant hopes faded in WASHINGTON (2-7), but the Senators did win twice in the ninth inning, first on a sacrifice fly by Paul Casanova and then on a two-run, pinch-hit homer by Fred Valentine. BALTIMORE (3-2) was rained out of three games against CALIFORNIA (3-2) and thus far has had 28 games either delayed or postponed by inclement weather. The Angels set a club record by getting 25 hits in a 16-5 win over CLEVELAND (3-5). Homers by Joe Azcue and Chuck Hinton helped the Indians beat the Angels 3-2 and 2-1. KANSAS CITY (2-5) fans supported the players in the aftermath of the explosive situation that led to the firing of Manager Alvin Dark by Owner Charlie Finley a week ago. They hanged Finley in effigy and carried assorted banners denouncing him. Said one sign: LEAVE THE A'S IN KANSAS CITY AND MOVE FINLEY TO SEATTLE.

Standings: Minn 72-56, Bos 73-57, Chi 71-57, Det 71-58, Cal 65-62, Wash 61-69, Clev 61-70, Balt 57-69, NY 58-71, KC 54-74


ST. LOUIS (4-4, page 22) maintained its strong grip on first place despite a pair of 2-1 defeats by the lowly Dodgers, an 11-4 loss to the even lowlier Astros and a 6-0 beating in SAN FRANCISCO (5-5). That was one of four straight shutouts involving the Giants. The others—all of which the Giants lost—were pitched by Nelson Briles and Dick Hughes of the Cardinals and Jim Maloney of CINCINNATI (5-3), who was pitching his best ball of the season. Willie Mays of the Giants, speaking this season with the wistfulness that has replaced his enthusiasm, said, "This winter I think I will go to Acapulco, play golf and just lie around." Juan Marichal's plans for taking it easy were more immediate. After reinjuring his left leg while pitching for the first time in 24 days, he said, "I think that is all for this year." Richie Allen of PHILADELPHIA (7-0) was seriously injured and is through until 1968. While trying to get his stalled car going, Allen pushed his right hand through a headlight and suffered two severed tendons. After five hours of surgery a doctor said that it might be six months before it would be known how much use Allen would have of the hand and whether he would be able to play again. Yet the Phillies climbed from sixth place to third as Rick Wise pitched two shutouts and Jim Bunning and Larry Jackson one each. Ferguson Jenkins of CHICAGO (2-2) became so upset when he was plunked twice during batting practice that he stalked off the field, showered and was ready to go home. He was talked into staying but, alas, there was no storybook ending: Jenkins and the slumping Cubs lost to PITTSBURGH (2-5). The Pirates scored only five runs in their next six games and barely kept LOS ANGELES (5-3) from taking over seventh place. Strong pitching by Bill Singer and Claude Osteen, each of whom had a shutout, revitalized the Dodgers. Singer, who has won seven in a row now, was accused by ATLANTA (3-7) of throwing spitters. Brave Pitcher Ken Johnson asked for a new resin bag when he went to the mound in the fifth because, as he put it, "It [the original resin bag] was so wet from all his [Singer's] juice that I couldn't dry my hands on it." Rain helped sagging NEW YORK (0-4), washing out three straight possible defeats. Mike Cuellar of HOUSTON (4-4) won his 12th game, Dave Giusti his 11th and Jim Wynn hit his 30th homer, but it was Bo Belinsky who made the record book. He unloosed his 15th wild pitch of the year, a new high for the Astros.

Standings: StL 80-49, Cin 70-60, Phil 67-59, Chi 69-61, SF 68-62, Atl 65-62, Pitt 61-68, LA 59-68, Hou 54-77, NY 49-76



Just how hectic the American League pennant scramble has become can be seen in the standings at the right. They reflect the events of last Friday night when, in the space of a few hours, the three top teams took turns being first, second and third. The merry-go-round started at 5:30 p.m. in Cleveland, where the Twins and Indians began a doubleheader. The Twins moved into second place by winning 6-5 in 10 innings. The Red Sox, with Jim Lonborg winning his 17th game, beat the White Sox 7-1 in the first of two games in Chicago, and that win boosted the Red Sox into first place—for a couple of hours. But the shuffling of positions continued as both the Twins and White Sox won the concluding games of the night by 2-1 scores.

Dean Chance of the Twins walked the first two men he faced and wild-pitched across a run in the opening inning of the second game in Cleveland. From then on, though, he was superb. He went into the ninth with a 2-1 lead and a no-hitter. With one down, Chuck Hinton of the Indians hit a slow roller up the middle. Chance took a pratfall as he tried to field the ball, but Second Baseman Rod Carew made a fine pickup and threw out the runner at first base. Chance then got Tony Horton on a grounder for the final out and his second hitless game in 19 days. (On August 6 he had pitched a five-inning, rain-abbreviated perfect game against the Red Sox.) It was almost midnight when Ken Berry of the White Sox came through with a game-winning single that realigned the standings once again, though not for the last time during the week.