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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, April 4, 1773 But first-year players get plenty of chances elsewhere Rookies finding it hard to crack Oakland line-up By TIIE ASSOCIATED PRESS Baseball's touted, toasted rookies of the fleeting spring- time have stuck by the multi- tudes with weaker major league clubs, but crashing the cham- pion Oakland Athletics was a zero possibility. Charles 0. Finley's green and yellow wonders packed up and headed home from Arizona with nothing but veterans on man- ager Dick Williams's roster. Rookies had about the same chance as orange baseballs. Elsewhere, there are blossom- ing heroes such as power hitter Charlie (Bogalusa Bomber) Spikes of Cleveland and 6-foot-4 shortstop Ray Busse of St. Louis, a defender with the slinky class of former Cardinal ace Marty Marion. Spikes, the key young talent in an Indian trade that sent Graig Nettles to New York Yan- kees, has been a home run ter- ror in Tucson. Busse broke up a four-man battle among Cardinal un- knowns for the shortstop job, hitting .263 in the eighth posi- tion and knocking in 10 runs during the Florida1 pre-season. Danny Ozark, with the hercu- lean task of making Phila- delphia Phillies into more than the Steve Carleton show, is go- ing with some of the greenest of muscle. He's keeping 19-year-old pitcher Larry Christiansen, the Phils' No. 1 draft choice last June, and 22-year-old Dick Ruthven, who finished college at Fresno State last season. "They're sticking because they're among the best 10 arms in Ozark said. "We might gradually work them in as long rilievers to get their feet vet." Los Angeles boasts its finest pitching staff since the Sandy Koufax-Don Drysdale days and newcomers Charlie Hough, 14-5 at Albuquerque, and Doug Rau, 14-3 with the same team, are the hottest rookies. And, big Tom Paciorek has fi- nally stuck with the Dodgers after three straight .300-plus seasons in the Pacific Coast League with 100-or-more runs batted in each summer. Pittsburgh, like Oakland, is a rugged outfit (o crack and the rookie the Virates like best is 27-year-old Chuck Coggin, an infieldcr who hit 294 with 10 home runs last season for Char- leston. San Francisco was a young, potential-heavy club in 1972 and the Giants will platoon two rookies in left field as they fight to rise in the National League's tough western division. Gary Matthews hit .333 in a late season shot with the Giants and will be alternated against 1 e f t-handed pitching. Gary Thomasson, who batted .290 in 20 NL games, will go against right-handers. Right fielder Dwight Evans, the International League's most valuable player, is starting for Boston Red Sox after hitting .300 with 17 homers and 98 RBI in the minors. Atlanta has a base-path speedster in Rod Gilbreath, 20, who ran his way on to the Braves' roster after stealing 45 bases at Savannah. Like most strong teams, Cin- cinnati Reds were a tough test for rookies, but Gene Locklear was a strong enough hitter to hang on as a backup outfielder. The 23-year-old Locklear won a batting title with .325 at In- dianapolis last year. Detroit has an aging team, but manager Billy Martin has some new blood in outfielder Dick Sharon, who was picked up in a deal with the Pirates.. Sharon is hitting .300 for spring training and could get a starting shot when Martin goes for an all-righthanded outfield of Mickey Stanley, Willie Hor- ton and Sharon with Al Kaline at first base. Pepe Fries has done the job with the bat and glove for Mon- treal and should start at second base tor the Expos as manager Gene Mauch shifts Ron Hunt to third ard benches the slump- ridden Bob Bailey. And, the resurgent New York Yankees were another tough-to- crack club. 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