Nervous Michelle Holtzman, who can't bear to watch her husband Ken pitch, did turn on the TV set to see him put the finishing touches to a no-hit game—the second of his major league career—as CHICAGO beat Rose-less Cincinnati 1-0. "My curve was so sharp that I was missing all the corners," Holtzman said, "so I just about gave it up and stuck with fastballs after the sixth inning." Ernie Banks' first home run of the year and complete-game victories by Ferguson Jenkins and Bill Hands should have made it a perfect week for Manager Leo Durocher, but Umpire Harry Wendelstedt welcomed Reliever Phil Regan one night with a shakedown—he was looking for the greasy-kid stuff—and Durocher fumed. "He told my catcher he wasn't going to call any strikes by Regan unless the ball was right down the middle of the plate," he said. In the next two innings Wendelstedt called only one strike thrown by Regan. ST. LOUIS lost ailing Bob Gibson for at least three weeks and suffered a double dose of Channel No. 5. Twice Cardinal games were telecast back to St. Louis and twice St. Louis lost—10-1 and 12-0. PITTSBURGH Reliever Dave Giusti, arriving late at Three Rivers Stadium, was caught sneaking onto the field through an outfield fence and fined $25. Five hours later Giusti picked up his 11th save, NEW YORK'S Tug McGraw revealed where all that strength came from after stopping the Giants in relief. "I'm an outdoor guy," he said. "I'd rather spend my winter in California and be healthy than spend it in New York and be rich." MONTREAL was losing again. "Some of our guys are playing cautiously to keep from being sent to Winnipeg," said Manager Gene Mauch. At last, something wonderful happened to PHILADELPHIA: Jim Bunning got the 2,827th strikeout of his 17-year career and moved past Cy Young into second place on the all-time strikeout list. Walter Johnson struck out 3,508.
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That annual SAN FRANCISCO happening known as the June Swoon began promptly on schedule as the front-running Giants, who won 18 games and lost only nine during the month of May, lost the first five games they played in June. Losing the first two games of the month to the Mets was bearable, the next two to the Phillies exasperating. The Giants took the light-hitting Phillies so lightly they did not even scout them. Result: Gaylord Perry was racked for nine hits in less than five innings and lost. Then Tim McCarver beat the Giants with a pinch-hit home run. "Ahhh, I still don't believe this swoon business," grumbled Manager Charlie Fox. LOS ANGELES dropped one game because Rookie Third Baseman Bobby Valentine lost three ground balls in the lights. Manager Walter Alston replaced Valentine with Steve Garvey, who lost no grounders in the lights and hit a home run to boot. Larry Dierker won two more games for HOUSTON, making him 10 and 1 for the year, and Joe Morgan, the littlest Astro at 5'7" and 150 pounds, continued to lead the big Astros in home runs (4) and RBIs (22). "If I lead this team in homers, we'll finish fifth," Morgan said. Mrs. Polly Freedman of Cornelia, Ga. sent ATLANTA Pitcher Pat Jarvis a 1934 Liberty head dime, hoping the coin would help Jarvis end his 11-game losing streak. Jarvis promptly pitched 5‚Öî innings of runless relief and won. Clarence Gaston blasted his own SAN DIEGO pitchers for not protecting the Padre hitters with retaliatory knockdown pitches. "Pitchers have been throwing at us all spring, especially at Nate Colbert," Gaston said. CINCINNATI lost five games out of six and finally benched Johnny and his .223 batting average.
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Baltimore was having trouble with dust-off pitches. It was no coincidence, the Orioles figured, that Chicago pitchers hit three Orioles in one game after going 43 straight games without hitting anyone. And it seemed even less coincidental that Target No. 1 was Don Buford, a former White Sox player who already had hit two home runs in the game. Joe Horlen plunked Buford with a pitch. Bart Johnson followed suit a few innings later and the ruckus started. It quieted without damage, then broke out again when Buford took umbrage at a fan's jeering. The Orioles couldn't be happier. Buford's aggressiveness, they figured, finally woke up their sleeping team, BOSTON dropped out of first place as Sonny Siebert lost twice following nine straight wins. In an attempt to patch their sagging pitching corps, the Red Sox brought up Luis Tiant from their Louisville affiliate. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reportedly is investigating rumors that CLEVELAND signed Sam McDowell, Ken Harrelson and Graig Nettles to so-called performance bonus contracts. If the three did agree to such terms, they are in dollar trouble. McDowell is 5-5, Harrelson is hitting .201, Nettles .209. DETROIT Manager Billy Martin, embarrassed by the ovations he received on his return to Minnesota, said, "I didn't want to go out to talk to the pitchers because it'd look like I wanted more cheers." The Tigers dropped two of three to the Twins. WASHINGTON lost a 21-inning game to Oakland and Denny McLain lost his tenth of the season. "I don't care what the writers say, I still say I got a helluva chance to win five games this season," McLain said, NEW YORK, loser of five of eight games, let it be known that it was going into the amateur draft with only a small list of desirables. They're loaded, they say, in the minor leagues.
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Kansas City was looking more like royalty every day. Paced by Amos Otis and Cookie Rojas, the team swept a three-game series from the Red Sox, two from the Yankees and finished its East Coast tour with a 6-1 record. Otis hit three home runs at Fenway Park as the Royals won both ends of a doubleheader, the first time that has happened to the Red Sox at home since 1966—when another Kansas City team, the old Athletics, did it. Boston's George Scott was impressed by the Royals' pitching. "Last year their pitchers tried to overpower us," Scott said. "Now they know how to pitch." OAKLAND'S Vida Blue can pitch, too. He won two more games, hiking his record to 12 and 2, and for his efforts was presented with a Cadillac (license plate: VBLUE) by Owner Charlie Finley. "I need wheels," Blue said, "and these are good ones." After making only one error in six games, the WHITE sox reverted to form and erred three times on three consecutive plays. MINNESOTA Manager Bill Rigney, looking for double plays, shifted All-Star Second Baseman Rod Carew to third base and moved rookie Steve Braun to second. In his first game at the new position, Braun made a high throw on a routine double play and gave the Twins another loss. Owner Calvin Griffith said, "I can't remember one of our teams ever looking worse than this." MILWAUKEE was tied for the best earned run average in the American League—a good 2.88—until the Baltimore Orioles ravaged the Brewers 12-4. CALIFORNIA continued to slip into the Pacific, and Alex Johnson onto the bench as he failed to run out a ground ball. There were strong rumors that Lefty Phillips would be replaced. "Highly premature," said Dick Walsh, the general manager. "Managers," said Phillips, "are hired to be fired."
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