Baltimore improved its record for June to a still-tepid 10-8 with four straight wins over the Senators. Practical joker Moe Drabowsky, rejoining the Orioles after service with the Royals, opened his locker to find a white groundkeeper's suit, a yellow raincoat, rakes, shovels and brooms. Brooks Robinson got his 2,000th hit. NEW YORK, 14-3 this month, was led by Mel Stottlemyre's third and fourth straight complete-game wins. DETROIT won when Ken Szotkiewicz, a new shortstop batting .150, hit a three-run homer and again when Cesar Gutierrez, the established shortstop, hitting .218, tied Wilbert Robinson's 1892 major league record for consecutive hits in one game by going 7 for 7. BOSTON followed up the George Thomas experiment (above) by switching George Scott from first to third and Carl Yastrzemski from left to first and inserting Billy Conigliaro in left. Suddenly CLEVELAND was out of the basement and into a seven-game win streak. Sam McDowell, after winning his ninth, called his receiver, 23-year-old Ray Fosse, "the best catcher in the league without a doubt," and the Indians' "Kiddie Korps" of Jack Heidemann at short, Eddie Leon at second and Graig Nettles at third (average age 23) was making stunning plays afield. Darold Knowles spun five innings of hitless relief for WASHINGTON but lost on a just-fair double and a broken-bat single off the shortstop's glove. Knowles is now 1-5 with an ERA of 1.51. "This is getting old and I'm sick and tired of it," he said.
BALT 43-23 NY 40-26 DET 33-30 BOST 30-32 CLEV 29-34 WASH 29-37
Minnesota had its second straight sub-par week, and last year's 20-game-winner Dave Boswell said his ambition was to pitch until dark. In evening games Boswell has been failing to outlast the twilight. CALIFORNIA lagged and Alex Johnson lost his temper spectacularly. Johnson argued a Bill Kunkel strike call loud and long, then slashed a run-scoring single. After touching first, he headed back toward the plate berating Kunkel. When Angels' Manager Lefty Phillips attempted to deflect his 210-pound slugger, Johnson charged First Base Umpire Bill Haller. Then he turned his wrath upon Third Base Umpire Ed Runge and bounced his batting helmet off Phillips' ankle. Ejected from the game, Johnson heaved a lead-weighted bat from the dugout onto the field, barely missing the Angel bat boy. For OAKLAND, old song-and-dance man Jim (Mudcat) Grant continued to be sensational in relief, improving his record to 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA. CHICAGO enjoyed its longest winning streak in a month: two. Gerry Janeski, the only White Sox starter over .500, won the second game with the help of his own hitting, driving in three runs although "I swing the bat like your Aunt Alice. Frankly, it's embarrassing—a big guy like me with a dumb little stroke." "Charlie Metro had a list of 70 ways to lose ball games," said Bob Lemon, Metro's successor as KANSAS CITY manager. "We went through that list and now we've started over." The MILWAUKEE BREWERS said the reason they were 7,000 fans behind their ancestors, the Seattle Pilots, for the season to date was that their late enfranchisement gave them a late start on group ticket sales. "It requires time," said a spokesman, "to get the idea across and then for the organization to vote on it and set up the bus and so forth."
MINN 39-21 CAL 37-27 OAK 37-30 KC 23-40 CHI 24-42 MIL 21-43
For CHICAGO, Ferguson Jenkins won his fourth and fifth in a row, including a 6-0 shutout, and said, "It's coming back to me now. I hope I don't lose it again." NEW YORK'S sore-elbowed Jerry Koosman, in his first start since May 22, pitched well enough to win but, as has happened many a time before, the Mets didn't hit for him and he lost 2-1. PITTSBURGH rookie Jim Nelson won his first major league start, got his second big-league hit in his second at bat but then was retired twice. "The only thing I didn't like about this game was my batting average dropped to .500," he said. The Pirates had two chronic neck injuries, one eye infection, a sore thumb and throwing arm, a sore heel and a sidelined Mazeroski, and Manager Danny Murtaugh said, "We've got to start showing our teeth." ST. LOUIS beat the Cubs in 17 innings after Red Schoendienst gave the Cards a rare pep talk. "I told them about my friend Harry James," said Schoendienst. "I used him as an example of a perfectionist and a hard worker because Harry told me he practiced with his trumpet one hour each day whether on vacation or not." Jim Bunning of PHILADELPHIA told what it was like to be knocked out of the box by the Mets after two were out in the first: "You keep thinking, one more pitch and you're out of the inning. One more pitch, one more pitch. But you never make that pitch." MONTREAL Manager Gene Mauch, having watched his fielders jump out of the ball's path because of the Canadian summer's top-of-the-first-inning glare, said, "Before I hand in my lineup card for this week's games there will have to be an agreement that if it's a bright, sunny evening we begin only after the sun sets behind the left-field bleachers."
CHI 35-27 NY 32-31 PITT 33-34 ST. L 31-32 PHIL 28-34 MONT 24-40
For one inning, after hitting his 21st, 22nd and 23rd home runs in successive games, Johnny Bench of CINCINNATI was tied with teammate Tony Perez for the league home-run title. Then Perez hit another one. Sunday Bench tied him again. ATLANTA won five of seven, including Larry Jaster's first victory as a Brave. Jaster took the opportunity to knock Gene Mauch for not giving him "a fair chance" last year with the Expos. The next night in Montreal Jaster was roundly booed, and with the Braves leading 7-5 he gave up a walk to load the bases, another walk to force in a run, and then a grandslam homer. "We felt Jaster should have his chance," said Mauch. "He got it." For LOS ANGELES, Bill Singer pitched five good innings against the Reds in his second start since hepatitis hit him. "I was happy," said Singer. "My breaking ball broke whereas last time it didn't." A press notice suggesting that the impact of SAN FRANCISCO Catcher Dick Dietz's fine hitting was to a considerable extent offset by the plenitude of his passed balls elicited tributes to Dietz's defensive work from Giant pitchers. SAN DIEGO left the cellar for the first time in eight weeks. HOUSTON outfielder Norm Miller, in the midst of his best year personally, said, "I got a hit in the ninth and then stole second, and I'm the tying run. But suddenly the game is over. I was glad for what I had done, but in the clubhouse it was just.... You know, we'd lost the game and so there wasn't anything there."
CINN 47-20 ATL 36-28 LA 37-30 SF 31-35 SD 30-41 HOUS 28-40