Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 8

Seattle               60     46       .566      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      1
Kansas City       57     48      .543      2.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9.5
California          51     57       .472   10
Cleveland          50     56      .471     10
Philadelphia      50     57       .467    10.5
San Diego         48     58       .452    12


Saturday's games
California (Murphy) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Montreal (Waslewski and Stoneman) at Chicago (Peters and Horlen)
Kansas City (Nelson) at Seattle (Segui)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at San Diego (Kirby)

Cleveland 7, California 6 (12 innings): The Cleveland bullpen allowed one hit in 4.2 innings before Ken Harrelson scored his third run of the game to win it. It was a remarkably sloppy game, with a pair of three-base errors (Jose Cardenal for Cleveland, Roger Repoz for California) and an outfield collision between Rick Reichardt and Jay Johnstone for California that was credited as an inside-the-park homer for Harrelson. The Indians committed three other errors, the Angels one. Pedro Borbon took the loss, Mike Paul got the win. Jim Fregosi went 5-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, three runs and two RBIs.

San Diego 8, Philadelphia 3: Ed Spiezio hit a pair of two-run homers off Jerry Johnson and Tommy Dean added another. Johnny Podres went six innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits, one a homer by Dick Allen. Dean scored twice for the Padres. 

Seattle 6, Kansas City 5, (18 innings): Dick Simpson singled home the game-winner off Tom Burgmeier to end the marathon and tighten the Pilots grip on first place. Both teams depleted their bullpens; Seattle got six one-hit innings from Jim Bouton, and Burgmeier was in his fifth inning for the Royals when Simpson ended it. Lou Piniella drove in four runs for the Royals with a homer, two doubles and a single in nine at-bats. Wayne Comer homered for Seattle. John Gelnar got the win with two scoreless innings.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Games of Thursday, Aug. 7

Seattle               59     46       .562      ---
Chicago             57     45      .558      0.5
Kansas City       57     47      .548      1.5
Montreal           51     56       .477      9
California          51     56       .477      9
Philadelphia      50     56       .471      9.5
Cleveland          49     56      .467     10
San Diego         47     58       .478    12


Friday's games
California (McGlothlin) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Kansas City (Butler) at Seattle (Brabender)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at San Diego (Podres)

Philadelphia 7, San Diego 1: Rick Wise went the distance, allowing one unearned run on six hits. Don Money homered, doubled and singled in four at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring a pair. Tommy Sisk took the loss for the Padres.

Philadelphia 10, San Diego 8: Rick Joseph drove in four runs with two singles and a triple as the Phillies secured the doubleheader sweep. The Padres committed three errors and a passed ball afield. Bill Champion went eight innings for the win, allowing five runs on six hits and seven walks. Gary Ross took the loss. Cookie Rojas was injured for the Phillies (6 days); he will be replaced on the roster by Rick Barry and is eligible to return Aug. 17.

Cleveland 2, California 1: Errors by Jim Fregosi and Aurelio Rodriguez resulted in a pair of unearned Cleveland runs in the bottom of the eighth. Winner Dick Ellsworth allowed one run in eight innings on four hits. Loser Rudy May allowed the two unearned runs in 7.2 innings on six hits. Mike Paul faced three hitters in the ninth for the save.The Angels have returned Tom Tischinski to the emergency list and activated Vic Davalillo.

Chicago 3, Montreal 2, 10 innings: Luis Aparicio had a walk-off bunt and Tommy John went all 10 innings for the win. Bill Melton hit a two-run homer off Mark Wegener, who went nine innings himself, allowing just the two runs on two hits. Dan McGinn took the loss in relief. Gary Sutherland went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored for the Expos.

Seattle 11, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen hit for the cycle as the Pilots overpowered the Royals. George Brunet went eight innings for the win, allowing a pair of homers (Pat Kelly and Bob Oliver) but only three other hits. Tommy Davis drove in three runs for Seattle, and Ron Clark went 3-for-5, including a double, with two RBIs and a run scored. Jim Rooker took the loss.

Player of the Day: Greg Goossen, Seattle


Monday, June 19, 2017

Games of Wednesday, Aug. 6

Seattle               58     46       .558      ---
Chicago             56     45      .554      0.5
Kansas City       57     46      .553      0.5
California          51     55       .481      8
Montreal           51     55       .481      8
Cleveland          48     56      .462    10
Philadelphia      48     56       .462   10
San Diego         47     56       .456    10.5


Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Wise and Champion) at San Diego (Sisk and Ross), 2
California (May) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
Montreal (Wegener) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Seattle (Brunet)


Kansas City 7, Cleveland 4, 19 innings: The Royals broke their losing streak with a marathon. Relievers Horacio Pina and Mike Hedlund each worked the equivalent of an extra-inning game themselves. Hedlund shut out the Tribe for 11 innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out 10 and got the win. Pina threw nine scoreless inning before the Royals broke through for three runs in the top of the 19th. Ken Harrelson homered for Cleveland; Moe Drabowsky got the save for Kansas City.

San Diego 3, Montreal 1: Jack Baldschun entered for the Padres with runners on second and third, no outs in the top of the ninth and didn't allow a ball out of the infield to secure the victory. San Diego took the lead with two runs in the eighth, both charged to reliever Dan McGinn. Jerry Robertson shut out the Padres on four hits through six innings, but the Padres chased him with three straight singles in the seventh to tie the game. Joe Niekro got the win; he allowed five hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out two.

Seattle 6, California 4: Steve Whitaker and  Wayne Comer homered for the Pilots, and Bob Meyer allowed two earned runs in six innings for the win. Seattle left nine men in scoring position against Angels starter and loser Andy Messersmith. Ray Oyler of the Pilots will miss one game with a minor injury. The Pilots demoted Meyer after the game and reactivated George Brunet.

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Games of Tuesday, Aug. 5

Chicago             56     45      .554      ---
Seattle               57     46       .553      ---
Kansas City       56     46      .549      0.5
California          51     54       .486      7
Montreal           51     54       .486      7
Cleveland          48     55      .466      9
Philadelphia      48     56       .462     9.5
San Diego         46     56       .451    11


Wednesday's games
Kansas City (Drago) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Robertson) at San Diego (Niekro)
California (Messersmith) at Seattle (Meyer)

Cleveland 9, Kansas City 1:  Sam McDowell allowed just four hits and Ken Harrelson doubled, tripled and homered for the Indians. The Hawk scored three runs and drove in three. The Royals have lost seven in a row. Max Alvis also homered for Cleveland.

Chicago 4, Philadelphia 3 (11 innings): Buddy Bradford singled home the game winner after Wilbur Wood worked around a leadoff triple in the previous half-inning. Don Pavleitch hit a two-run homer for the White Sox in the fourth. Bill Melton was injured and has to miss the second game of the doubleheader.

Philadelphia 6, Chicago 2: Grant Jackson allowed one run in eight innings while Tony Taylor and Johnny Callison each scored twice. Gary Peters struck out nine men in six innings for the Sox, but the two runs he allowed still made him the loser. The Phillies broke the game open in the top of the ninth, scoring three runs off Jerry Nyman. Carlos May was injured for the White Sox (eigth days); he will be replaced on the roster by Bob Christian and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Montreal 3, San Diego 1: Rusty Staub homered and doubled to power the Expos. Howie Reed went seven innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits, and Claude Raymond, Don Shaw and Roy Face combined to get the final six outs. Al Santorini took the loss.

Montreal 5, San Diego 4: Bob Bailey homered and Rusty Staub drove in a pair of runs as the Expos swept the Padres. Steve Renko went eight innings for the win; he allowed four runs on six hits. Roy Face got his second save of the day with a scoreless ninth. Cito Gaston tripled and doubled for San Diego, scoring two runs.

California 9, Seattle 6: The Angels cracked three homers off Steve Barber, highlighted by a three-run first inning shot by Rick Reichardt, and held on to the early lead. Aurelio Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a pair of runs scored. Jay Johnstone also homered for the Angels, as did Steve Whitaker for Seattle. For the Angels, Joe Azcue was injured and will miss the Wednesday game; Steve Kealey, who started and won this game, will be demoted and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency squad. Kealey is eligible to return Aug. 16. For the Pilots, Don Mincher was injured (seven days); he will be replaced by Bob Meyer and is eligible to return Aug 16.

Player of the day: Roy Face, Montreal

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Games of Monday, Aug. 4

Seattle               57     45       .558     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Kansas City       56     45      .554      0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     54       .476      8.5
Cleveland          47     55      .461     10
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
San Diego         46     54       .460    10.5


Tuesday's games
Kansas City (Bunker) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Jackson and Fryman) at Chicago (Wynn and Peters), 2
Montreal (Reed and Renko) at San Diego (Kirby and Santorini),2
California (Wright) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 4, Kansas City 3: Ken Suarez dropped a pinch-hit single in front of left fielder Bob Oliver to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and give the Royals their sixth straight loss. Luis Tiant allowed eight hits for Cleveland in the complete-game win; one of the three runs he allowed was unearned. Lou Klimchock hit a two-run homer for the Tribe. Steve Jones took the loss in relief. Tony Horton will miss the Indians' next game.

San Diego 3, Montreal 0: Dick Kelley threw a two-hit shutout and Ollie Brown doubled twice, walked twice, stole two bases and scored one run and drove in another for the Padres. Loser Bill Stoneman allowed six hits and three runs in 7.1 innings. Kelley walked four and struck out five. Before the game, the Expos reactivated Adolpho Phillips and deactivated Jim Fairey; Fairey is eligible to return Aug. 14.

Seattle 6, California 4: The Pilots scored five runs in the first and held on in a chaotic ninth to move into first place. The Pilots used five walks, an error, two steals, a wild pitch and a pair of singles to plate five runs off Tom Murphy in the opening frame; only two of the runs were earned. Mike Marshall threw eight shutout innings but was pulled after allowing two hits, a walk and a run to open the ninth. John O'Donoughue walked three men himself and surrendered a double before finally getting the final out on a deep fly by Jim Fregosi.

Player of the Day: Dick Kelley, San Diego

Monday, June 5, 2017

Games of Sunday, Aug. 3

Kansas City       56     44      .560     ---
Chicago             55     44      .556      0.5
Seattle               56     45       .554     0.5
California          50     54       .481      8
Montreal           49     53       .480      8
Philadelphia      47     55       .461    10
Cleveland          46     55      .455     10.5
San Diego         45     54       .455    10.5


Monday's games
Kansas City (Nelson) at Cleveland (Tiant)
Montreal (Stoneman) at San Diego (Kelley)
California (Murphy) at Seattle (Marshall)

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 3:  The Indians peppered Bill Butler for eight hits and six runs in six innings, with Ken Suarez and Russ Snyder each driving in a pair of runs. Stan Williams allowed three runs in 6-plus innings for the win while striking out six, and Horacio Pina threw a perfect ninth for the save. The Royals have now lost five straight.

Chicago 2, Philadelphia 0: Joel Horlen spun a seven-hit shutout, striking out 11 with one walk. Jerry Johnson allowed six hits in seven innings for the loss. Larry Hisle fanned four times for the Phillies, and Rick Joseph three times.

Montreal 2, San Diego 1: Gary Waselewski allowed just two hits, while Bob Bailey doubled, singled and walked in four trips to the plate and scored both Expos runs. The sole Padres run was unearned as Waslewski faced just four men over the minimum. He walked three and struck out four. John Podres (six innings, seven hits, two runs) took the loss.

California 5, Seattle 1: Sandy Alomar had two hits, two runs, two RBIs and two steals and Jay Johnstone went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Angels. Jim McGlothlin allowed one run on six hits in eight innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Joel Horlen, Chicago


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Games of Saturday, Aug. 2

Kansas City       56     43      .566     ---
Seattle               56     44       .560     0.5
Chicago             54     44      .551      1.5
California          49     54       .476      9
Montreal           48     53       .475      9
Philadelphia      47     54       .465    10
San Diego         45     53       .459    10.5
Cleveland          46     55      .455     11.5


Sunday's games
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Chicago (Horlen)
Kansas City (Butler) at Cleveland (Williams)
Montreal (Waslewski) at San Diego (Podres)
California (McGlothlin) at Seattle (Segui)

Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Bill Wilson's wild pitch with one out in the 10th plated Vern Fuller with the winning run. Phillies starter Lowell Palmer allowed two runs in the first inning but just one more hit in the rest of his eight innings. He retired the last 17 men he faced. Mike Paul kept the Phillies scoreless through seven innings before Johnny Callison's triple keyed a two-run rally that tied the game. Larry Burchart went two innings for the win.

Chicago 9, Kansas City 8: The White Sox swept the three-game series with the front-running Royals, and had to come back from a 7-1 deficit to do so. Luis Aparicio capped a two-run bottom of the ninth with a base hit to win it. Gary Peters allowed five runs in the first inning to the Royals and left after that frame, and Sammy Ellis allowed three runs in five innings, but Dan Osinski and Gary Bell combined for three scoreless frames while the Sox put together four two-run innings. Jim Rooker went 5.1 for the Royals, allowing six earned runs (and one unearned) on six hits and six walks. Moe Drabowsky took the loss; Bell got the win. Rooker and Bob Oliver homered for Kansas City. The Royals' Buck Martinez was injured (10 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Jim Campanis; Martinez is eligible to return Aug. 12.  The White Sox demoted Ellis and activated Don Secrist; Ellis is eligible to return Aug. 12.

California 9, San Diego 6: A four-run top of the ninth lifted the Angels to the win. Jim Fregosi singled home a pair of runs and Rick Reichardt homered in the decisive frame, with Gary Ross aborbing the damage. Reichardt went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. The Padres got two-run homers from Al Ferrara and Roberto Pena. Eddie Fisher, who allowed two runs in one inning, vultured the win, and Ken Tatum got the save.

Seattle 5, Montreal 3: Gene Brabender took a shutout into the eighth inning and Don Mincher hit a three-run homer for the Pilots. Brabender went 7.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts. Mark Wegener allowed all five runs in six innings for the Expos. Ron Fairly homered for Montreal.

Player of the Day: Luis Aparicio, Chicago.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Games of Friday, Aug. 1

Kansas City       56     42      .571     ---
Seattle               55     44       .556     1.5
Chicago             53     44      .546      2.5
Montreal           48     52       .480      9
California          48     54       .470    10
Philadelphia      47     53       .470    10
San Diego         45     52       .464    10.5
Cleveland          45     55      .450     12


Saturday's games
Philadelphia (Palmer) at Cleveland (Paul)
Kansas City (Rooker) at Chicago (Peters)
Montreal (Wegener) at Seattle (Brabender)
California (May) at San Diego (Niekro)

Cleveland 5, Philadelphia 0: Sam McDowell threw a three-hitter and struck out nine Phillies. He did walk four and commit a pair of errors himself, but still got the shutout. Jose Cardenal tripled and doubled twice; he scored two runs and drove in one. Tony Horton was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 3: Carlos May hit a grand slam off Dick Drago in the fifth inning and Jack Hamilton threw three scoreless innings in relief of Tommy John as the White Sox tightened the race. The Royals held a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Sox strung together three singles and a walk before May's two-out blast. John was the winner, Drago the loser, and Wilbur Wood got the save.

Seattle 14, Montreal 4: The Pilots scored nine runs in the third inning on seven hits, one walk and a pair of error by Expos shortstop Bobby Wine. Mike Hegan doubled home a pair of runs and Tommy Harper capped the inning with a bases-loaded triple. Garry Roggenburk allowed four runs in five innings, including back-to-back homers from Rusty Staub and Bob Bailey, but got the win, Mrty Pattin threw four shutout innings for the save. Jerry Robertson took the loss. John Kennedy homered for Seattle in the seventh. After the game, the Pilots deactivated Roggenburk and reactived Dick Simpson. Roggenburk is eligible to return Aug 11.

San Diego 3, California 1: Nate Colbert and Ollie Brown hit RBI doubles and four Padre relievers combined for 3.2 innings of three hit relief. The Angels were 0-8 with runners in scoring position agains starter and winner Clay Kirby, who allowed four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings.

Player of the Day: Carlos May, Chicago

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 31

Kansas City       56     41      .577     ---
Seattle               54     44       .551     2.5
Chicago             52     44      .542      3.5
Montreal           48     51       .484      9.5
California          48     53       .475   10
Philadelphia      47     52       .475   10
San Diego         44     52       .458   11.5
Cleveland          44     55      .444    13


Friday's games
Philadelphia (Wise) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Kansas City (Drago) at Chicago (John)
Montreal (Robertson) at Seattle (Roggenburk)
California (Messersmith) at San Diego (Kirby)

Philadelphia 5, Cleveland 3: The Phillies got back-to-back homers from Rick Joseph and Don Money in the fourth inning, and Turk Farrell entered to get three outs with the tying run on third base in the seventh. Woodie Fryman went six-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, for the win, and Bill Wilson threw a hitless ninth for the save. Luis Tiant took the loss. Jose Cardenal homered to lead off the game for Cleveland.

Philadelphia 15, Cleveland 4: The Phillies racked up 23 hits, including three homers, three doubles and a triple, to secure the sweep. Dick Allen hit two homers and a triple for four runs scored and four RBIs. Mike Ryan also homered; he scored twice and drove in three. Tony Taylor and Larry Hisle each went 4-for-6.

San Diego 11, California 6: The Padres pummelled three Angels pitchers for 16 hits, and every San Diego starter either scored or drove in at least one run. Al Santorini went 8.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs on 10 hits. Larry Stahl homered for the Padres, and Ollie Brown and Nate Colbert each scored three times.

California 9, San Diego 5: The Angels salvaged a split of the doubleheader, taking advantage of a series of misplays by Padres centerfielder Cito Gaston, who played two fly balls into doubles and committed a two-base error. Offically three California runs were unearned, but shoddy defense by the Padres resulted in at least three more tallies. Jay Johnstone scored three times for the Angels. For the Padres, Al Ferrera hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs. Tom Murphy sent 8.1 innings, allowing five runs, four earned, for the win. Tommy Sisk was the loser.

Chicago 8, Kansas City 5: Bobby Knoop's three-run homer in the fourth put the White Sox ahead for good, and teammate Carlos May both scored and drove in two runs. Bill Wynne went seven innings for the win; he allowed two earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Wally Bunker took the loss.

Seattle 7, Montreal 1: Tommy Harper hit a grand slam off Bill Stoneman in the fourth inning, and Steve Barber held the Expos to six hits and one run in six innings. Don Mincher also homered for the Pilots.

Player of the Day: Dick Allen, Philadelphia


Monday, May 15, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 30

Kansas City       56     40      .583     ---
Seattle               53     44       .546     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      4.5
Montreal           47     51       .480   10
California          47     52       .475   10.5
Philadelphia      45     52       .464   11.5
San Diego         43     51       .457   12
Cleveland          44     53      .454    12.5


Thursday's games
Philadelphia (Fryman and Jackson) at Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth)
California (Murphy and Kealey) at San Diego (Santorini and Sisk)
Kansas City (Bunker) at Chicago (Wynne)
Montreal (Stoneman) at Seattle (Barber)

Cleveland 8, Philadelphia 7: Russ Synder's two-out single brought home Ken Suarez with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth. John Boozer, who pitched the final 2.2 innings for the Phillies and gave up two runs, took the loss; Larry Burchart, who allowed two runs in two innings, was credited with the win. Larry Hisle scored three times for the Phillies; Frank Baker had a pinch-hit homer for the Indians. Cleveland's Tony Horton was called out in the sixth inning for leaving third base early on an apparent sacrifice fly.

San Diego 5, Kansas City 1: Nate Colbert homered in the sixth to break a scoreless tie and singled home another run in the Podres' four-run seventh. Dick Kelley allowed one run on eight hits in seven innings for the win. Colbert was 3-for-4 with a double. Ollie Brown also had a pair of RBIs for the Padres.

Montreal 5, Seattle 1: Steve Renko threw a five-hit complete game for Montreal. The Expos hit three homers off loser Bob Meyer, solo shots by Don Bosch and Bob Bailey and a two-run homer by Ron Fairly. Steve Whitaker homered for Seattle's run. After the game, the Pilots demoted Meyer and activated Garry Roggenburk.

Player of the Day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 29

Kansas City       56     39      .589     ---
Seattle               53     43       .552     3.5
Chicago             51     44      .536      5
California          47     52       .475   11
Montreal           46     51       .474   11
Philadelphia      45     51       .469   11.5
San Diego         42     51       .451   13
Cleveland          43     53      .447    13.5


Wednesday's games
Philadelphia (Champion) at Cleveland (Hargan)
Montreal (Renko) at Seattle (Meyer)
Kansas City (Nelson) at San Diego (Kelley)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 3: Max Alvis bopped a pair of RBI doubles and played a sparkling game afield, and Jose Cardenal stole three bases as the Tribe pulled away from the Expos. Cleveland peppered three Montreal pitchers for 13 hits and three walks. Stan Williams (6.1 innings, six hits, three runs) was the winner, Howie Reed the loser. Rusty Staub was injured; he is eligible to play Aug. 1 and  will remain on the roster.

Chicago 2, California 1: Joel Horlen went the distance, allowing five hits, and set up the winning run with a bunt single. Loser Jim McGlothlin allowed 12 hits in seven innings but struck out nine, Tommy McCraw had three singles in four at-bats for the White Sox.

Kansas City 10, San Diego 1: Bill Butler fired a six-hitter and carried a shutout into the eighth inning. The Royals collected 13 hits and benefited from three Padres errors. Joe Niekro allowed two earned runs and four in all in six innings for the loss. Pat Kelly, Bob Oliver and Ed Kirkpatrick each scored twice; Oliver and Joe Foy each had a pair of RBIs. Jerry Adair was injured and must sit the next two days.

Seattle 2, Philadelphia 2: The Pilots got four innings of one-hit, shutout relief from Jim Bouton and Diego Segui to overtake the Phillies. Ron Stone scored both of Philadelphia runs on outs after reaching third on hit-and-run singles by Cookie Rojas. Segui gets the win, Turk Farrell the loss.

Player of the Day: Max Alvis, Cleveland



Monday, May 8, 2017

Games of Monday, July 28

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     43       .547     3.5
Chicago             50     44      .532      5
California          47     51       .480   10
Montreal           46     50       .479   10
Philadelphia      45     50       .473   10.5
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     53      .442    13.5


Tuesday's games
Montreal (Reed) at Cleveland (Williams)
California (McGlothlin) at Chicago (Horlen)
Philadelphia (Johnson) at Seattle (Gelnar)
Kansas City (Butler) at San Diego (Niekro)

Chicago 5, California 4 (11 innings): Bill Melton's two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th won it for the White Sox. Chicago tied it in the eighth without a hit on a pair of errors and a sac fly. Jim Fregosi and Sandy Alomar each went 4-for-5 for California. Alomar scored a pair of runs and Fregosi drove in three, but each also had one of the crucial errors in the eight. Jerry Nyman got the win, Bob Priddy the loss.

Chicago 4, California 2: Paul Edmondson allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, retiring 13 straight at one point and carrying a shutout into the ninth. His teammates scored three times in the first two innings off loser Rudy May, with Ron Hansen going 4-for-4. Wilbur Wood got three outs from two hitters for the save. After the game, the Whites reactivated Bobby Knoop and deactivated Paul Edmondson.

Montreal 3, Cleveland 2:  Mark Wegener allowed one (unearned) run in 6.1 innings to outduel Cleveland ace Sam McDowell. Gary Sutherland went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and and RBI for the Expos. Roy Face allowed a solo homer to Ken Harrelson in the ninth but got the save.

Philadelphia 4, Seattle 3 (10 innings): Cookie Rojas' hit-and-run double scored Don Money from first base in the top of the 10 to give the Phillies the lead. Rojas also started a triple play, the first of the season for any team, in the seventh, snagging a line off the bat of Merritt Ranew and catching both Steve Whitaker and John Donaldson off base. Rick Wise allow six hits and three runs in nine innings for the win, and Bill Wilson worked the bottom of the 10th for the save. Diego Segui took the loss. After the game, the Pilots reactivated Bob Meyer and Mike Hegan and deactivated George Brunet and Merritt Ranew.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 27

Kansas City       55     39      .585     ---
Seattle               52     42       .553     3
Chicago             48     44      .522      6
California          47     49       .490     9
Montreal           45     50       .474   10.5
Philadelphia      44     50       .468   11
San Diego         42     50       .457   12
Cleveland          42     52      .447    13


Monday's games
California (Wright and May) at Chicago (Peters and Edmondson), 2
Montreal (Wegener) at Cleveland (McDowell)
Philadelphia (Wise) at Seattle (Brunet)

Cleveland 7, Montreal 2: Luis Tiant threw a six-hit complete game and hit a three-run homer to lead the Tribe past the Expos. Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton hit back-to-back homers in the third off loser Bill Stoneman. The Expos have won just two of their past eight games.

Chicago 2, California 1: Luis Aparicio scored from first base on a double by Gail Hopkins in the eighth inning to break the tie. On similar attempt in the first inning, Aparicio was thrown out at the plate by Jay Johnstone. Tommy John allowed one run on five hits in eight innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood got the save. Eddie Fisher took the loss in relief of Andy Messersmith.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 1: Dick Drago and a pair of relievers held the Padres to five hits. Jackie Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run for the Royals. Nate Colbert doubled twice for San Diego and scored the Padres' sole run.

Seattle 9, Philadelphia 5: Wayne Comer homered and scored three times as the Pilots got to Grant Jackson for five runs in five innings. Jackson walked five and allowed seven hits, including two homers (the other to John Kennedy, who went 4-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs). Marty Pattin allowed three runs in six innings for the win.

Player of the Day: Luis Tiant, Cleveland

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 26

Kansas City       54     39      .581     ---
Seattle               51     42       .548     3
Chicago             47     44      .516      6
California          47     48       .495     8
Montreal           45     49       .479     9.5
Philadelphia      44     49       .478   10
San Diego         42     49       .462   11
Cleveland          41     52      .441    13


Sunday's games
Montreal (Stoneman) at Cleveland (Tiant)
California (Messersmith) at Chicago (John)
Kansas City (Drago) at San Diego (Kirby)
Philadelphia (Jackson) at Seattle (Pattin)

Cleveland 3, Montreal 2: Dick Ellsworth held the Expos to six hits and two runs over 7.2 innings, and Lou Klimchock and Ken Suarez had three singles apiece for the Tribe. Ron Law got the final out of the eighth inning to strand three runners, and Stan Williams threw a perfect ninth for the save. Jerry Robertson (10 hits and three earned runs in seven innings) took the loss.

California 8, Chicago 4: The Angels scored early and late -- four runs in the first and three in the ninth -- and got 2.2 innings of clutch relief work from Hoyt Wilhelm in between. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the first off loser Bill Wynne, and Rick Reichardt followed with a solo shot. Tom Murphy went 5.1 innings and left the bases loaded for Wilhelm in the sixth, but he escaped with a 5-4 lead and then got double plays in the seventh and eighth innings. Spencer and Reichardt each had RBIs in the ninth as the Angels widened the gap again.

San Diego 6, Kansas City 3: Van Kelly homered, drove in three runs and scored twice as the Padres beat the first-place Royals. Ivan Murrell doubled and tripled for San Diego, scoring two runs and driving in one. Winning pitcher Al Santorini homered off loser Wally Bunker. San Diego cycled through four relievers in the final two innings, with Frank Reberger getting the final out and the save. After the game Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactivated Scott Northey. Northey is eligible to return Aug 5.

Seattle 7, Philadelphia 6: Seattle first basemen and cleanup hitters Greg Goossen and Don Mincher combined for three doubles, one triple, three runs and four RBIs in the contest. Johnny Callison hit a pair of homers for the Phillies, including a two-run blow off Jim Bouton in the ninth that made the final score closer. Gene Brabender (5.2 innings, four hits, three runs) got the win, John O'Donoghue the save, Woodie Fryman (five innings, eight hits, four runs) the loss. After the game the Phillies reactivated Deron Johnson and demoted Rick Barry, who is eligible to return Aug.5.

Player of the Day: Hoyt Wilhelm, California

Monday, May 1, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 24

Kansas City       54     38      .587     ---
Seattle               50     42       .543     4
Chicago             47     43      .522      6
California          46     48       .489     9 
Montreal           45     48       .484      9.5
Philadelphia      44     48       .478   10
San Diego         41     49       .455   12
Cleveland          40     52      .435    14

Friday's games
None

Saturday's games
Montreal (Robertson) at Cleveland (Ellsworth)
California (Murphy) at Chicago (Wynne)
Kansas City (Bunker) at San Diego (Santorini)
Philadelphia (Fryman) at Seattle (Brabender)

San Diego 10, Philadelphia 1: Joe Niekro threw a five-hitter and Nate Colbert drove in four runs for the Padres. Colbert hit a three-run homer in the sixth, and Ed Spiezio a two-run homer in the fourth, both off lower Rick Wise. Cito Gaston (3-for-5) scored three runs. Niekro twice loaded the bases with no outs, but allowed just one run and faced no further threats from the Phillies.

Chicago 4, Montreal 2: Carlos May went 4-for-4 with a homer and three runs. Joel Horlen went seven innings for the win, never retiring the Expos in order but allowing just one unearned run on seven hits. John Bateman homered in the eighth off Sammy Ellis, and Wilbur Wood got the final five outs for the save.

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 0: Sam McDowell overpowered the Royals with a two-hitter. He walked one, struck out seven and at one point retired 17 straight hitters. Ellie Rodriguez had both singles for Kansas City. Lou Klimchcok had three doubles for Cleveland and drove in two runners. Duke Sims of Cleveland was injured (6 days); he will remain on the roster and is eligible to play again on July 31.

California 1, Seattle 0: Lou Johnson drew a base-loaded walk in the first inning to push the only run of the game home. Winner Jim McGlothlin allowed four singles and four walks in eight innings, and Ken Tatum threw a scoreless ninth for the save. Steve Barber allowed five hits in his eight-inning complete game loss.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 23

Kansas City       54     37      .593     ---
Seattle               50     41       .549     4
Chicago             46     43      .517      7
Montreal           45     46       .495      9
California          45     48       .484   10 
Philadelphia      44     47       .484   10
San Diego         40     49       .449   13
Cleveland          39     52      .429    15

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Horlen) at Montreal (Waslewski)
San Diego (Niekro) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Cleveland (McDowell) at Kansas City (Nelson)
Seattle (Barber) at California (McGlothlin)

Montreal 9, Chicago 8: Mack Jones hit a walk-off homer off Wilbur Wood to give the Expos a win in a game they lead most of the way. Montreal scored two unearned runs in the first inning on a Coco Laboy triple and batted around in the third against Gary Peters for four runs. Bob Bailey's two-run homer in the fourth made the score 8-1 for the Expos. But the White Sox erupted for five runs in the fifth, with back-to-back homers from Bill Melton and Gail Hopkins, and Melton hit another homer in the eighth to even the score at eight. Melton totaled five RBIs, while Montreal got three RBIs apiece from Laboy and Bailey. Gary Sutherland went 2-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored. Montreal's Adolpho Phillips was injured (3 days) and will be replaced on the roster by Don Bosch; Phillips is eligible to return Aug. 2.

Philadelphia 5, San Diego 2: Larry Hisle homered and tripled twice to back Grant Jackson's complete-game four-hitter. Hisle drove in two runs and scored a pair. John Briggs hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the Phillies in the lead. Clay Kirby (six innings, four runs, five hits) took the loss.

Kansas City 5, Cleveland 4  (11 innings): Kansas City scored four unearned runs, including the game winner, on three Cleveland errors. The Royals got the winner when Jackie Hernandez singled, stole second, took third on a Ken Suarez error and scored on Ellie Rodriguez' single. Steve Jones got the win with one inning of scoreless relief; Ron Law took the loss, allowing the one unearned run in 3.1 innings. Jose Cardenal homered and doubled while going 3-for-6 with two runs scored for the Indians.

Seattle 5, California 3: Diego Segui allowed two hits and two earned runs in eight innings, while Wayne Comer and John Kennedy each hit two-run homers in the sixth inning for Seattle. Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer for the Angels in the first, but after that Segui allowed only a single to Jim Fregosi in the third and a walk to Aureilo Rodriguez in the eighth. Bob Locker allowed a single in a scoreless ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Larry Hisle, Philadelphia.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 22

Kansas City       53     37      .588     ---
Seattle               49     41       .544     4
Chicago             46     42      .523      6
California          45     47       .489     9 
Montreal           44     46       .489      9
Philadelphia      43     47       .478   10
San Diego         40     48       .455   12
Cleveland          39     51      .433    14

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Peters) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Kirby) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Cleveland (Hargan) at Kansas City (Butler)
Seattle (Segui) at California (May)

Chicago 7, Montreal 3: The White Sox batted around in the ninth inning for five runs to pull out the victory. Losing pitcher Dan McGinn faced five hitters in the inning and did not record an out. Montreal's Coco Laboy and John Bateman hit back-to-back homers off Tommy John  in the sixth to give the Expos a 3-2 lead, and Bill Stoneman and Claude Raymond combined to hand that lead off to McGinn. Dan Osinski (one hitless inning) got the win. Rusty Staub will miss the second game of the doubleheader and the Wednesday game as well.

Chicago 9, Montreal 8: Another five-run ninth for the Pale Hose, including a grand slam by Ken Berry to tie the game and a solo homer by Buddy Bradford following him, gave them the doubleheader sweep. Roy Face took the loss; Jerry Nyman got the win despite allowing three runs in two innings, and Wilbur Wood pitched a scoreless ninth for the save. Gary Sutherland homered and doubled for the Expos and drove in three runs. Coco Laboy also homered for Montreal.

San Diego 13, Philadelphia 3: Nate Colbert homered in the first and second innings and drove in six runs for the Padres. Chris Cannizzaro also hit a three-run homer for the victors. Johnny Podres allowed one run on two hits in seven innings; Tony Taylor homered and doubled off him. Podres walked three and fanned four. Mike Ryan homered for Philadelphia. Jerry Johnson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Kansas City 1 (11 innings): Luis Tiant went all 11 innings for the Tribe, scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Kansas City scored in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Pat Kelly and a two-out single by Lou Piniella, but Tiant kept them off the board the rest of the way. Cleveland score the tying run in the fifth on a passed ball, and musted only two hits but seven walks off Jim Rooker in seven-plus innings. Dave Wickersham escaped an inherited two-on, no-out jam in the eighth, and Tom Burgmeier threw two scoreless frames before yielding a pair in the top of the 11th on three walks and a Max Alvis double.

California 12, Seattle 11 (12 innings): The Angels hit six homers, the last a walk-off two-run shot by Bill Voss, to overpower the Pilots. Seattle hit three homers of their own. Eddie Fisher got the win despite allowing a homer to Steve Whitaker in his one inning of work. John O'Donoghue gave up the Voss homer for the loss. California's other homers came from Bubba Morton (first inning), Jim Spencer (third inning), Joe Azcue and Roger Repoz (sixth), and Rick Reichardt (seventh). Tommy Harper and Steve Hovley each homered for Seattle.

Player of the day: Nate Colbert, San Diego

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Games of Monday, July 21

Kansas City       53     36      .596     ---
Seattle               49     40       .551     4
Chicago             44     42      .512      7.5
Montreal           44     44       .500     8.5
California          44     47       .484   10
Philadelphia      43     46       .483   10
San Diego         39     48       .448   13
Cleveland          38     51      .427    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Bell) at Montreal (Stoneman and Wegener)
San Diego (Podres or Sisk) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
Cleveland (Tiant) at Kansas City (Rooker)
Seattle (Brunet) at California (Kealey)

Philadelphia 4, San Diego 1: Woodie Fryman allowed just one of the last 21 men he faced to reach base, and Larry Hisle and Mike Ryan homered for the Phillies. Fryman finished with a four-hitter; he walked two and struck out seven. Dick Kelley took the loss.

Montreal 9, Chicago 1: Howie Reed held the White Sox to four singles and a walk in seven scoreless innings, and the Expos got home runs from Mack Jones and Jim Fairey to rout Chicago. Jones walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored three runs; Rusty Staub also walked twice and was plunked and scored twice. Paul Edmondson took the loss.

Kansas City 3, Cleveland 2: A scoreless duel turned sharply in the ninth inning, as the visiting Indians scored twice in the top of the ninth and the Royals responded with three in the bottom of the inning. Pat Kelly drove home the winner with a sac fly. Mike Paul was charged with all three runs for the loss. Dave Wickersham, who retired the only hitter he faced to end the top of the ninth, was the winner.

California 3, Seattle 0: Andy Messersmith allowed just one hit in six innings before leaving with a minor injury, and Pedro Borbon and Ken Tatum combined for three no-hit innings of relief. Messersmith walked five and struck out six. Gene Brabender went 7.2 innings for the loss, allowing a solo homer to Jim Fregosi. He gave up three runs on eight hits and eight walks.

Player of the Day: Woodie Fryman, Philadelphia

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 20

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     44       .494     8.5
California          43     47       .478   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         39     47       .453   12
Cleveland          38     50      .432    14

Monday's games
Chicago (Edmondson) at Montreal (Reed)
San Diego (Kelley) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Cleveland (Paul) at Kansas City (Drago)
Seattle (Brabender) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 9, Montreal 2: The Expos bumbled their way through four errors and a strikeout-passed ball to help the Padres to a one-sided finale. Al Santorini didn't need all the assistance, as he allowed just four hits and one run in eight innings, striking out seven without a walk.

California 2, Cleveland 0: Tom Murphy threw a three-hit shutout and got solo homers from Tom Egan and Roger Repoz. Murphy faced three batters over the minimum. He walked two, struck out three and got a pair of double plays turned behind him. Stan Williams took the loss, allowing seven hits in eight innings without a walk. Jim Spencer (Angels) sits the second game of the doubleheader and the Monday game with an injury; he will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, California 2: Tony Horton drove in two runs and Sam McDowell fanned seven in eight innings as the Tribe salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Cleveland hit three doubles in a three-run third, which ended when Jay Johnstone gunned down Ken Suarez at the plate. McDowell yielded nine hits and walked two, and Horacio Pina worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Player of the Day: Tom Murphy, California


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 19

Kansas City       52     36      .591     ---
Seattle               49     39       .557     3
Chicago             44     41      .517      6.5
Montreal           43     43       .500     8
California          42     46       .477   10
Philadelphia      42     46       .477   10
San Diego         38     47       .447   12.5
Cleveland          37     49      .430    14

Sunday's games
San Diego (Santorini) at Montreal (Robertson)
Cleveland (McDowell and Williams) at California (Murphy and Wright), 2

Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1: Johnny Callison hit a pair of solo homers and Rick Wise took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Wise allowed one run on five hits in 8.2 innings, with Turk Farrell entering to get the final out. Don Money of the Phillies was injured (seven games); he will remain on the active roster as there is no eligible player to replace him.

Chicago 8, Philadelphia 2: Pete Ward broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with a two-run triple, after which three Phillies hurlers failed to contain the White Sox. Buddy Bradford drove in three runs, two on a ninth-inning homer. Joel Horlen went 7.1 innings for the win; Jack Hamilton inherited three runners in the eighth and stranded them all, finishing the game for the save. Lowell Palmer took the loss. 

San Diego 2, Montreal 1: The Padres stuck out 14 times, but they managed to turn four hits into two runs -- and hold the Expos to one run on seven hits. Joe Niekro went 7.1 innings for the win, and Gary Ross retired all five men he faced for the save. The Expos left men in scoring position in the, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth. Gary Waslewski allowed both San Diego runs in five innings; Howie Reed, Larry Jaster and Don Shaw combined for four perfect innings of relief.

Kansas City 4, Seattle 3: Pinch-hitter Joe Keough drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Marty Pattin to  bring home the winner. This followed a top of the ninth in which the Pilots evened the score but failed to fully capitalize on a bases-loaded, no-out situation. Moe Drabowski got the win for the Royals and Pattin took the loss.For the Pilots, Mike Hegan (seven days) and Steve Hovley (one day) were injured. Hovley will remain on the active roster, but Hegan will be replaced by Ron Clark. Hegan is eligible to return for games of July 30.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: Bob Oliver's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the first-place Royals a second walk-off win on the day. Until that homer, Kansas City hadn't gotten a runner past second base against John Gelnar. The only run Seattle got off Wally Bunker was unearned. Tom Burgmeier got the win with one inning of relief.

Cleveland 3, California 0: Dick Ellsworth threw a 10-hit shutout, getting three double plays. Larry Brown homered for the Tribe, and Ken Harrelson went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Both teams made roster moves before the game; Cleveland reactivated Russ Snyder and deactivated Chuck Hinton, while the Angels reactivated Bubba Morton and deactivated Vern Geishert. Hinton and Geishert are eligible to return July 29. Harrelson was injured (two days) and will remain on the active roster.

Player of the Day: Bob Oliver, Kansas City

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Games of Friday, July 18

Kansas City       50     36      .581     ---
Seattle               49     37       .570     1
Chicago             43     40      .518      5.5
Montreal           43     42       .506     6.5
California          42     45       .483     8.5
Philadelphia      41     45       .477     9
San Diego         37     47       .440   12
Cleveland          36     49      .424    13.5

Saturday's games
San Diego (Niekro) at Montreal (Waslewski)
Chicago (Horlen and Wynne) at Philadelphia (Wise and Palmer), 2
Seattle (Barber and Gelnar) at Kansas City (Nelson and Bunker), 2
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at California (McGlothlin)

California 8, Cleveland 4: The Angels put together a five-run second inning off Luis Tiant with four singles, a double and a pair of walks, and Vern Geishert allowed just one run on seven hits in seven innings. The Indians totaled four solo homers for the game, two by Ken Harrelson and one each for Vern Fuller and Eddie Leon. Harrelson also doubled.

California 8, Cleveland 2: Bill Voss and Rick Reichardt each hit two-run homers off Steve Hargan, and Rudy May allowed six hits in eight innings as the Angels swept the doubleheader. May walked three and struck out seven; one of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Montreal 6, San Diego 3: Ty Cline and Ron Fairly each scored three times as Montreal beat the Padres. Fairly went 3-for-3, all singles, with a walk; Cline was 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple. Rusty Staub, Mack Jones and Coco Laboy each had sac flies. Bill Stoneman pitched into the eighth for the win, and Claude Raymond got six outs from five hitters to earn the save.

Philadelphia 5, Chicago 3: Mike Ryan and Larry Hisle homered for the Phillies, and reliever Bill Wilson muted a bases-loaded, no-out jam created by starter and winner Grant Jackson in the eighth by getting Walt Williams to ground into a double play and retiring Bill Melton. Ryan went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Ken Berry (one day) and Bobby Knoop (seven days) were injured for the White Sox; Berry remains on the active roster,but Knoop is deactivated and replaced by Billy Wynne. Knoop is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Kansas City 2, Seattle 1: The Royals moved back ahead of the Pilots on a strong outing by Bill Butler (eight innings, one run, five hits, one walk, five strikeouts). Ellie Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City. Jim Pagliaroni homered in the eighth for the Pilots. Bob Meyer allowed two runs in four innings for the loss. Moe Drabowski pitched around a two-out double and walk in the ninth for the save. Jerry McNertney was injured (four days) for the Pilots; he will remain on the roster, but Meyer is demoted and Merritt Ranew activated. Meyer is eligible to return for games of July 29.

Player of the Day: Ron Fairly, Montreal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 17

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             43     39      .525      4.5
Montreal           42     42       .500     6.5
Philadelphia      40     45       .471     9
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     46       .445   11
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Friday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Hargan) at California (Geishert and May), 2
San Diego (Kirby) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Chicago (Peters) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Seattle (Meyer) at Kansas City (Butler)

Montreal 4, San Diego 3: Adolpho Phillips hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and Mark Wegener allowed two earned runs in 8.2 innings. Wegener scattered seven hits and induced five double plays. Dan McGinn entered with the tying run on third to get the final out and the save. Ollie Brown homered for San Diego, and Johnny Podres took the loss. Before the game, the Padres reactivated Van Kelly and deactivated Jerry Morales; Morales is eligible to return for games of July 27.

Montreal 5, San Diego 0: Steve Renko fired a one-hitter and struck out seven for the Expos, who got home runs from Ron Fairly and Rusty Staub and swept the doubleheader. Fairly went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Ty Cline scored twice for the Expos. Larry Stahl had the only safety for the Padres, a single leading off the fourth inning. Renko walked two and hit one. Tommy Sisk allowd four runs in five innings for the loss.

Chicago 5, Philadelphia 2: The White Sox stung Bill Champion for five runs and 11 hits in five innings, while Tommy John scattered five hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Bill Melton went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Walt Williams led of the game with a home run. Jerry Nyman and Wilbur Wood each threw a hitless inning of relief, with Wood getting the save.

Player of the Day: Bill Melton, Chicago

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 16

Kansas City       49     36      .577     ---
Seattle               49     36       .577     ---
Chicago             42     39      .519      5
Montreal           40     42       .487     7.5
Philadelphia      40     44       .476     8.5
California          40     45       .471     9
San Diego         37     44       .457   10
Cleveland          36     47      .434    12

Thursday's games
San Diego (Sisk and Podres) at Montreal (Wegener and Renko), 2
Chicago (John) at Philadelphia (Champion)

Philadelphia 4, Chicago 3: Larry Hisle gunned down Ken Berry at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the tie, then started the game-winning rally in the bottom of the inning with a lead off single. Al Raffo was credited with the win with one scoreless inning of relief, and Sammy Ellis took the loss. Woody Fryman threw eight innings for the Phillies, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Chicago 3, Philadelphia 2 (10 innings): Phillies reliever Bill Wilson wild-pitched the go-ahead run in in the 10th inning as the White Sox got a split of the double header. Paul Edmondson allowed four hits and two runs in nine innings for the win, and Wilbur Wood had a perfect 10th for the save. Johnny Callison homered for the Phillies. Jerry Johnson went 8.1 innings for the no-decision for the Phillies. Deron Johnson was injured (eight days). Tom Tischinski is returned to the emergency list, Deron Johnson is deactivated and eligible to return for games of July 27, and both Rich Barry andJeff James are activated.

Seattle 4, Kansas City 3: Greg Goossen and Ray Oyler homered as the Pilots won despite getting just five hits. Jim Bouton got the win with 1.1 hitless innings of relief, and John O'Donoghue got the last two outs for the save. Jim Rooker allowed all four runs in 7.1 innings, but retired 19 hitters in a row starting one batter into the second inning.  Before the game, the Royals reactivated Lou Piniella and deactivated Dave Morehead; Morehead is eligible to return for games of July 26. Pinella went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Seattle 5, Kansas City 1: Diego Segui allowed five hits in 8.2 innings as the Pilots swept the doubleheader and moved into a flat-footed tie for first place with the Royals.  Wayne Comer doubled twice and drove in two runs, Steve Hovley drove in a pair and Mike Hegan scored twice. The Pilots turned three double plays behind Segui, who left after loading the bases with two outs in the ninth. Bob Locker entered to get the final out and the save. Lou Piniella went 3-for-4 with a run scored for Kansas City. Hegan was injured (two days) and will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 6, California 3: Sam McDowell struck out 10 and allowed four hits in eight innings, and Lou Klimchock, Ken Harrelson and Tony Horton each hit solo homers for the Tribe. Frank Baker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple; he scored one run and drove in a pair. Horacio Pina got the final three outs after McDowell loaded the bases to open the ninth inning.

Player of the Day: Frank Baker, Cleveland

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 15

Kansas City       49     34      .590     ---
Seattle               47     36       .566     2
Chicago             41     38      .519      6
Montreal           40     42       .487     8.5
California          40     44       .476     9.5
Philadelphia      39     43       .476     9.5
San Diego         37     44       .457   11
Cleveland          35     47      .427    13.5

Wednesday's games
Chicago (Bell and Edmondson) at Philadelphia (Fryman and Johnson), 2
Seattle (Brunet and Meyer?) at Kansas City (Rooker and Hedlund), 2
Cleveland (McDowell) at California (Murphy)

Cleveland 8, Montreal 5: Ken Harrelson homered twice, drove in four runs and was 4-for-4 with a walk to power the Indians to the comeback win. Tony Horton also homered for the Tribe. Stan Williams allowed five runs in five innings for the cheap win, while Ron Law allowed one hit over the last three innings for the long save. Ron Fairly and John Bateman both homered for Montreal. Jerry Robertson took the loss.

Philadelphia 8, Seattle 2: The Phillies battered Gene Brabender and two relievers for 14 hits, including a homer by Dick Allen and four doubles, to rout the Pilots. Rick Wise went the distance for the Phillies, scattering seven hits without a walk.He struck out four. Larry Hisle was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.

Kansas City 3, Chicago 2: Wally Bunker allowed just two hits in 7.2 innings to outduel Joel Horlen. The White Sox didn't have an RBI in the game; their first run, in the eighth, scored on a two-out error by Jackie Hernandez, and their second, in the ninth, scored on a GIDP. Buck Martinez tripled home a run and scored himself in the seventh. Horlen allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits in seven innings. Moe Drabowsky got the save.

San Diego 3, California 0: Joe Niekro threw a five-hit shutout, and Al Ferrara hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the visiting Padres. Ollie Brown tripled home the other San Diego run. Niekro walked one and struck out two, inducing 17 ground ball outs, including two double plays. Tom Murphy went eight innings for the Angels, allowing three runs on seven hits.

Player of the Day: Ken Harrelson, Cleveland

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Games of Monday, July 14

Kansas City       48     34      .585     ---
Seattle               47     35       .573     1
Chicago             41     37      .526      5
Montreal           40     41       .494     7.5
California          40     43       .482     8.5
Philadelphia      38     43       .469     9.5
San Diego         36     44       .450   11
Cleveland          34     47      .420    13.5

Tuesday's games
Cleveland (Williams) at Montreal (Robertson)
Seattle (Brabender) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Chicago (Horlen) at Kansas City (Bunker)
San Diego (Niekro) at California (Messersmith)

San Diego 3, California 1: The Padres put up three runs in the fifth inning, and that was all Al Santorini and a pair of relievers needed. Santorini went 6.1 innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out five. Tom Egan reached him for a solo homer. Bill McCool (1.2 innings) and Frank Reberger (one inning) allowed no hits in their time. Al Ferrara doubled home two runners in the fifth for the Padres, who had three runners nailed at the plate in the contest.

San Diego 4, California 1: Ollie Brown drove in a pair of runs with three hits and Clay Kirby scattered four singles in eight innings as the Padres secured the doubleheader sweep. The Angels scored an unearned run in the first, but the Padres tied it in the third with their own unearned run and got three runs in the top of the eighth with a pair of bloop hits. Jim McGlothlin (7-plus innings) took the loss, and Gary Ross got the save. Jay Johnstone of the Angels was injured (2 days) and will remain on the roster.

Cleveland 4, Montreal 3 (10 innings): Larry Brown homered to lead off the top of the 10th for the Tribe, which had led 3-0 and frittered that lead away. Starters Dick Ellsworth (nine hits) and Bill Stoneman (six hits) each went nine innings; Ellsworth got the win. One of the three runs allwed by Stoneman was unearned. Rusty Staub homered in the eighth to tie the game for the Expos. Lou Klimchock homered for Cleveland. Horacio Pina threw a perfect inning for the save.

Seattle 8, Philadelphia 3: Jim Pagliaroni's pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth broke a 3-3 tie, and Greg Goossen added a two-run shot in the seventh for the Pilots' final margin. Marty Pattin struck out seven in six innings for the win; he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks. Dick Allen went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI for the Phillies. Grant Jackson took the loss. Mike Ryan of the Phillies was injured (two days); he remains on the roster, but Jeff James was removed from the roster and Tom Tischinski activated from the emergency list. James is eligible to return after July 24.

Kansas City 1, Chicago 0: Dick Drago allowed five hits in eight innings to outduel Gary Peters. The Royals scored the only run in the fourth; Bob Oliver singled, took second on a passed ball and scored on Scott Northey's single. Drage walked one, hit one and struck out three. Moe Drabowsky worked a perfect ninth for the save. Luis Aparicio was injured (three days) and will remain on the White Sox active roster. The White Sox have returned Walt Williams to the active roster and demoted Danny Murphy; Murphy is eligible to return after July 24.

Player of the Day: Larry Brown, Cleveland

Monday, March 6, 2017

Games of Sunday, July 13

Kansas City       47     34      .580     ---
Seattle               46     35       .567     1
Chicago             41     36      .532      4
Montreal           40     40       .500     6.5
California          40     41       .494     7
Philadelphia      38     42       .475     8.5
San Diego         34     44       .436   11.5
Cleveland          33     47      .413    13.5

Monday's games
San Diego (Santorini and Kirby) at California (McGlothlin and Wright)
Cleveland (Ellsworth) at Montreal (Stoneman)
Seattle (Pattin?) at Philadelphia (Jackson)
Chicago (Peters) at Kansas City (Drago)

Montreal 10, Cleveland 8: Kevin Collins hit a grand slam in a six-run first inning for the Expos, who survived four long balls by the Indians off starter and winner Larry Jaster. Adolpho Phillips and John Bateman also homered for Montreal, while loser Luis Tiant, Eddie Leon, Vern Fuller and Tony Horton all homered for Cleveland. Horton also had three doubles and totaled four RBIs and two runs scored. Dan McGinn worked the final two innings for the save.

San Diego 3, California 1: Dick Kelley took a no-hitter into the sixth. He allowed three hits and one unearned run in 8.2 innings for the Padres; he walked five and stuck out six. He retired the first two Angels in the ninth but an error was followed by two singles, and Bill McCool entered to get Jay Johnstone for the final out. Ed Spezio homered for the Padres. Rudy May, who went only three innings because of a minor injury, took the loss; he will not miss a start. 

Player of the Day: Dick Kelley, San Diego

Monday, February 27, 2017

Games of Saturday, July 12

Kansas City       47     34      .580     ---
Seattle               46     35       .567     1
Chicago             41     36      .532      4
California          40     40       .500     6.5
Montreal           39     40       .494     7
Philadelphia      38     42       .475     8.5
San Diego         33     44       .429   12
Cleveland          33     46      .418    13

Sunday's games
Cleveland (Tiant) at Montreal (Jaster)
San Diego (Kelley) at California (May)

Cleveland 6, Montreal 0: Sam McDowell threw a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 and walking none. He hit a batter and another Expo reached on an error. Jose Cardenal and Lon Klimchock each homered for Cleveland, and Larry Brown went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Howie Reed took the loss.

Cleveland 11, Montreal 2: Tony Horton hit two homers and drove in seven runs, and Mike Paul allowed seven hits in the complete game as the Indians swept the doubleheader. Horton also singled, walked and scored three runs. Ray Fosse went 3-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored. Gary Waslewski surrendered 10 runs in 3.1 innings.

Philadelphia 6, Seattle 4: Dick Allen hit three-run homer in the first inning and doubled and scored in the seventh as the Phillies held on for the win. Starter and winner Lowell Palmer didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the fourth but allowed three runs in five innings. Al Raffo (two innings), Turk Farrell (one) and Bill Wilson (one) combined for four innings of one-run relief. Mike Hegan homered for the Pilots.

Chicago 6, Kansas City 0: Tommy John allowed four hits in seven innings, Bill Melton hit a two-run homer and Carlos May scored twice as the White Sox throttled the Royals. John walked three and fanned one before coming out for a pinch-hitter, and relievers Jerry Nyman and Jack Hamilton completed the shutout. Roger Nelson took the loss.

California 6, San Diego 5: The Angels erupted for three runs in the bottom of the ninth against a pair of Padres relievers to pull out the win. Billy Cowan hit a one-out homer off Jack Baldschun, and after singles by Sandy Alomar and Jim Fregosi, Jim Spencer doubled them both home. Bill McCool took the loss; Pedro Borbon was the winner. Roberto Pena was 5-for-5 for San Diego with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Rich Reichardt hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Padres starter Johnny Podres.

Player of the Day: Sam McDowell, Cleveland

Games of Friday, July 11

Kansas City       47     33      .588     ---
Seattle               46     34       .575     1
Chicago             40     36      .526      5
Montreal           39     38       .506     6.5
California          39     40       .494     7.5
Philadelphia      37     42       .468     9.5
San Diego         33     43       .434   12
Cleveland          31     46      .402    14.5

Saturday's games
Seattle (Marshall) at Philadelphia (Palmer)
Cleveland (McDowell and Paul) at Montreal (Reed and Waslewski), 2
Chicago (John) at Kansas City (Nelson)
San Diego (Podres) at California (Kealey)


Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 3: Don Money hit a three-run homer and Cookie Rojas went 4-for-4 for the Phillies. Woodie Fryman went eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits, and John Boozer pitched around a pair of walks in the ninth for the save. The Phillies turned three double plays, including a nifty 3-6-3 started by Deron Johnson, who shifted to first base for the inning. Steve Hargan took the loss for the Tribe.

Seattle 4, Montreal 2: Steve Barber threw eight scoreless innings for the win. Steve Hovley went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Loser Steve Renko allowed two earned runs in 7.1 innings for the Expos. Montreal scored twice in the ninth off Bob Locker.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 2: Nate Colbert hit a two-run homer and both he and Ollie Brown scored twice. Joe Niekro went seven-plus innings for the win, and Billy McCool got the final out on a long fly by Pat Kelly for the save. Steve Jones took the loss. Ed Kirkpatrick was injured (15 days) and is replaced on the active roster by Joe Keough. Kirkpatrick is eligible to return July 27.

San Diego 11, Kansas City 4: Larry Stahl and Ollie Brown hit back-to-back homers as the Padres romped to the doubleheader sweep. Stahl also tripled for three RBIs and two runs. Nate Colbert was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Tommy Sisk allowed four runs in the first two innings but steadied for five shutout frames after that; he allowed eight hits in his seven innings. Walt Hriniak went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk for San Diego. Jerry Adair went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double for the Royals.

Chicago 17, California 7: Bobby Knoop hit a grand slam and a three-run homer for the White Sox. He also had two singles and a walk, scored three times and drove in seven. The Sox batted around twice, totalling 20 hits and six walks, and the Angels committed a pair of errors that resulted in five unearned runs. Gary Bell allowed five runs, three earned in six innings for the win, and Sammy Ellis worked the final three innings for a long save. After the game, the Angels returned Gary Kolb to the emergency list and activated Lou Johnson.

Player of the Day: Bobby Knoop, Chicago

Friday, February 24, 2017

Games of Thursday, July 10

Kansas City       47     31      .603     ---
Seattle               45     34       .570     2.5
Chicago             39     36      .520      6.5
Montreal           39     37       .513     7
California          39     39       .500     8
Philadelphia      36     42       .462   11
San Diego         31     43       .419   14
Cleveland          31     45      .408    15

Friday's games
Cleveland (Hargan) at Philadelphia (Fryman)
Seattle (Barber) at Montreal (Renko)
San Diego (Niekro and Sisk) at Kansas City (Jones and Morehead)
Chicago (Bell) at California (Geishert)

California 3, Chicago 2: Bill Voss scored the tying run in the fourth and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth to give Tom Murphy enough backing. Eddie Fisher retired pinch-hitter Tom McCraw with two on in the ninth to end it. Bill Melton hit a two-run homer in the first for all the Chicago runs. Murphy went 8.2 innings, allowing seven hits. Paul Edmondson went seven innings, allowing one earned run on eight hits and taking the loss. Tom Egan of the Angels was injured and must sit the second game of the doublehead and Friday as well.

Chicago 7, California 3: Gail Hopkins drove in four runs with a homer and a double, and four other White Sox hit solo homers as Chicago overpowered Angels ace Andy Messersmith. Ken Berry and Carlos May homered off Messersmith, and Buddy Bradford and Bill Melton connected off reliever Bob Priddy. Joel Horlen allowed a first-inning homer to Jim Fregosi, but allowed just one more run, unearned, in seven innings for the win. After the game, the Angels returned Dave Campbell to the emergency list and added Gary Kolb from the emergency list for Friday's game.

Philadelphia 6, Cleveland 5 (10 innings): Larry Hisle singled in Rick Joseph in the bottom of the 10th as the Phillies recovered from blowing a 5-2 lead in the ninth. Mike Ryan hit a pair of homers off Cleveland starter Stan Williams. Turk Farrell vultured the win in relief, and Ron Law took the loss. Williams allowed two earned runs in eight innings, allowing six hits, and Rick Wise also went eight innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits.

Montreal 6, Seattle 3: Mack Jones hit a three-run homer in the first inning and later scored another run for the Expos. Bill Stoneman went the distance, allowing five hits but walking six; he struck out eight. Gene Brabender allowed five runs in three innings for Seattle and took the loss.

San Diego 4, Kansas City 3: Nate Colbert scored three times for the Padres and Al Ferrara doubled in a pair of runs to help Clay Kirby down the first-place Royals. Kirby allowed just five hits in eight innings but walked five. Frank Reberger and Bill McCool combined for a scoreless ninth. Wally Bunker went the distance for the loss, allowed three earned runs on nine hits; Kansas City's fielders were charged with three errors. Cito Gaston was injured and will miss the Friday doubleheader.

Player of the Day: Mike Ryan, Philadelphia

Monday, February 20, 2017

Games of Wednesday, July 9

Kansas City       47     30      .610     ---
Seattle               45     33       .577     2.5
Chicago             38     35      .521      7
Montreal           38     37       .507     8
California          38     38       .500     8.5
Philadelphia      35     42       .455   12
Cleveland          31     44      .413    15
San Diego         30     43       .411   15

Thursday's games
Chicago (Edmondson and Horlen) at California (Murphy and Messersmith), 2
Cleveland (Williams) at Philadelphia (Wise)
Seattle (Brabender) at Montreal (Stoneman)
San Diego (Kirby) at Kansas City (Bunker)

Cleveland 8, Philadelphia 7: The Indians blew a six run lead but came back to win anyway. Cleveland scored five unearned runs in the second off Grant Jackson, benefiting from a pair of Phillie errors and a passed ball. Luis Tiant hit a solo homer in the fourth to make it 6-0, but Tiant walked three in a seven-run Philadelphia sixth. He finished the inning and wound up with the win. Horacio Pina faced just six hitters for a two-inning save. Bill Wilson took the loss.

Cleveland 3, Philadelphia 2 (11 innings): Duke Sims tied the game with a solo homer in the top of the ninth, then hit a two-run shot in the 11th to give Cleveland the doubleheader sweep. Phillies starter Bill Champion went 10 innings, allowing one run on seven hits for the no-decision; Turk Farrell took the loss in relief. Larry Burchart worked 3.2 innings of relief for the win; Ron Law got the final out for the save.

Seattle 10, Montreal 3: Don Mincher homered and scored three times as the Pilots took advantage of four Expos errors. Tommy Harper also homered for Seattle, and Steve Hovley tripled home two runs. Bob Meyer allowed three runs in seven-plus innings for the win. Mike Wegener allowed nine runs, six earned, in five innings for the loss. Ron Fairly homered for the Expos.

Montreal 6, Seattle 4: The Pilots bullpen -- and fielding malfeasance -- allowed five runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the Expos salvaged a split of the doubleheader. Dan McGinn got the win with two hitless innings of relief; John O'Donoghue took the loss after allowing three runs, one unearned, in one inning. Mike Hegan hit a two-run homer for Seattle in the first inning.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 2: Joe Foy hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Royals ahead. Dick Drago got the win with 8.1 innings of two-hit ball, allowing one earned run. Moe Drabowsky entered after Drago walked Walt Hriniak to get the final two outs. Al Santorini worked all eight innings for the Padres for the loss. Ed Kirkpatrick went 4-for-4.

Kansas City 12, San Diego 2: Jim Rooker allowed four hits in the complete game and doubed home a pair of runs himself as part of a 10-run fifth inning for the Royals. Fifteen Royals batted in that inning, and six hit doubles, including four in a row from Joe Foy, Paul Schall, Juan Rios and Buck Martinez. One of the runs the Padres scored off Rooker was unearned. Rios went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, runs and RBIs.

California 5, Chicago 2: Jim Spencer hit a three-run homer in the seventh as the Angels overtook the White Sox. Jim McGlothlin allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings, and Hoyt Wilhelm and Ken Tatum each threw a scoress inning. Jim Fregosi tripled and score a run; he also drove in a run on a sac fly. Gary Peters took the loss.

Player of the Day: Duke Sims, Cleveland

Monday, February 13, 2017

Games of Tuesday, July 8

Kansas City       45     30      .600     ---
Seattle               44     32       .579     1.5
Chicago             38     34      .528      5.5
Montreal           37     36       .507     7
California          37     38       .493     8
Philadelphia      35     40       .467   10
San Diego         30     41       .423   13
Cleveland          29     44      .397    15

Wednesday's games
Cleveland (Tiant and Ellsworth) at Philadelphia (Jackson and Champion),2
Seattle (Meyer and Pattin) at Montreal (Robertson and Wegener), 2
San Diego (Santorini and Ross) at Kansas City (Rooker and Drago), 2
Chicago (Peters) at California (McGlothlin)

Cleveland 6, Philadelphia 2: Sam McDowell threw a four-hitter while striking out nine, and Vern Fuller drove in three runs for Cleveland. The Phillies didn't get a hit until the fifth inning and didn't score until Dick Allen's two-run homer in the ninth. Fuller went 3-for-4 with a homer.

California 5, Chicago 4: Billy Cowan tripled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Angels rallied from a 4-1 deficit. Eddie Fisher got the win with two scoreless innings of relief, and Ken Tatum worked a perfect ninth for the save. Tommy John threw all eight innings for Chicago, allowing nine hits; at the plate, John had three hits and three RBIs.

Chicago 2, California 0: Carlos May's two-out homer in the eighth -- which followed an error by Roger Repoz -- gave the White Sox a split of the double header. Billy Wynne went seven innings, allowing five hits, for the win, and Wilbur Wood worked two hitless innings for the save. Hoyt Wilhelm took the loss in relief of Clyde Wright, who threw seven innings of four-hit ball. Wynne was injured (10 games) and is replaced on the roster by Sammy Ellis; Wynne is eligible to return July 19. Angels infielder Aurelio Rodriguez and Sandy Alomar are out for two days; they remain on the roster. Vic Davalillo is deactivated and Dave Campbell selected from the emergency list as the Angels have just one player to cover two infield spots without him. Davalillo may return for games of July 19.

Kansas City 3, San Diego 2: Mike Hedlund  threw a complete game four-hitter for the Royals. Hedlund retired 10 straight Padres in the second through fifth innings and 12 straight in the fifth through ninth. Chuck Harrison went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a double for Kansas City, Dick Kelley threw an eight-inning complete game for the Padres, allowing six hits. After the game, Kansas City reactivated Ed Kirkpatrick and deactived Joe Keough, who may return for games of July 19.

Player of the Day: Mike Hedlund, Kansas City

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The emergency players

It's almost exactly the midpoint of this season, and I have belatedly had an idea that promises to solve one of the problems of this league -- specifically, the lack of depth on some rosters.

The Phillies have only 26 players. The Indians have only nine pitchers. The Angels have one player as the backup at three infield positions, and he almost never played. And perhaps most significant, several teams have just two catchers. I'm using the injury rules; this creates possibilities of players being put in uncoded positions for several games, which is unrealistic.

I have created an "emergency player pool" of 15 cards -- players from other 1969 teams who had limited playing time (less than 100 at-bats for position players, less than 40 innings for pitchers) and little production. I don't want players who are clearly better than the rostered players they might be replacing.

They can be used if:

  • A team falls to eight pitchers (pitchers only)
  • A team falls to one catcher (catchers only)
  • A team is without a player coded for one of the other seven positions (that position only)
  • A team falls to 23 eligible players (any position)

Emergency players may not be active if there is a roster player who can fill the role. They cannot remain on the active roster once the emergency is over. The 10-day demotion rule will not apply to the emergency players. They are not eligible for September callups. Until September, the 25-man roster still applies; add an e-player, somebody has to come off the roster. The 10-day rule for inactivations apply still to rostered players

The list:

Pitchers: Bo Belinsky (Pittsburgh), Ken Brett (Boston), Jerry Crider (Minnesota), Al Jackson (Cincinnati)

Catchers: Gary Kolb (Pittsburgh), Tom Tischinski (Minnesota)

Infielders: Ken Boyer, 1B (Los Angeles); Dave Campbell, 1B, 2, 3B (Detroit); Jerry DaVanon, SS, 2B (St. Louis); Cesar Gutierrez, SS (Detroit); John Miller, 1B, LF, 3B, 2B (Los Angeles); Nate Oliver, 2B (ChicagoNL)

Outfielders: Gates Brown, LF (Detroit); Ralph Garr, LF, (Atlanta); Leon McFadden, RF, SS, LF (Houston).

I wish I'd thought of this idea before the season, but better late than never. The emergency list will be available for use after the games of July 8.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Games of Monday, July 7

Kansas City       44     30      .595     ---
Seattle               44     32       .579     1
Chicago             37     33      .529      5
Montreal           37     36       .507     6.5
California          36     37       .493    7.5
Philadelphia      35     39       .473    9
San Diego         30     40       .429   12
Cleveland          28     44      .389    15

Tuesday's games
Chicago (John and Wynne) at California (May and Wright), 2
Cleveland (McDowell) at Philadelphia (Johnson)
San Diego (Kelley) at Kansas City (Hedlund)

Kansas City 9, Philadelphia 4: Bob Oliver drove in five runs, four of them with a homer in the seventh, as the Royals steamrolled the Phillies. Bill Butler allowed just one hit in the first four innings, but Johnny Callison hit a two-run homer in the fifth and Butler only went six innings, allowing four runs -- which was good enough for the win. Dave Morehead threw three hitless innings to get credit for a save. Joe Foy drove in three runs for the Royals, and Scott Northey scored three times.

Kansas City 6, Philadelphia 1: Roger Nelson threw a four-hitter and the Royals got runs from six different hitters as they swept the doubleheader. Bob Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, Ellie Rodriguez and Nelson himself each drove in a run and scored a run. Nelson walked one and struck out six.

Player of the Day; Bob Oliver, Kansas City