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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 5, 1983, Tokyo, JapanMonday september 5, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes sports 27 the final month who s on first by Ben Walker associated press will september equal Success for Baltimore without Earl Weaver will Vuckovich mean Victory for Mil Waukee will the Yankees come up Short As in shortstop or will they be right As in right hander can Toronto s Young Blue jays handle the pressure even with the Best schedule does Detroit have the spark up the Middle will chief Noc a homa get his Tepee Back and can the braves turn the Corner without Horner will the dodgers Correct the errors of their ways will the National league East be a Battle of Pennsylvania or will the cardinals again steal it is Montreal s achillies Heel healed it s september baseball s Pennant race time and almost half the teams in the major leagues Are chasing division titles. Only the Chicago White sox in the . West appear to have a Crown locked up. I Challenge anybody to figure out this year says Whitey Herzog Man Ager of the defending world Cham Pion cardinals. I be been in baseball 34 years and i can t figure this one Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith remember that the Best team does t always win. It s the team that gets it together at the right of the contending teams Are in the american league East where baseball observers had been waiting year for a scheduling quirk to come into there Are seven teams in the division one of them spends virtually the entire month of septem Ber playing teams in the . West. This year s Lucky team is Toronto which won t play another . East team after this weekend and will spend much of the final month going against the worst of the West Seattle and Minnesota. It does t make much differ ence says Toronto manager Bobby Cox whose team faded in late a gust losing seven of 10, three times in three nights in extra innings. The schedule is the schedule and Well just have to Hope for some Breaks to go our perhaps the Youthful jays outfielders Lloyd Moseby and Jesse Barfield Are both 23, shortstop Alfre do Griffin and second baseman Damaso Garcia Are each 26, and none of the Toronto pitchers except for Randy Moffitt and Doyle Alexander is Over 30 Are too Young to worry. For More than 14 years Baltimore fans smiled knowing they had Earl Weaver in the orioles dugout. Weaver used to equate his team to the tomatoes he planted in left Field at memorial stadium each year they were a bit thin and scrawny Early in the season but grew to be big an Strong. Last year the orioles recovered from a horrible Start and went 22-10 in the final month to almost overtake Weaver and his tomatoes Are gone and the late season legacy is first year manager Joe Altobelli s Domain but those Are about the Only differences in Baltimore where the orioles closed August with an eight game winning masterminds the orioles Jigsaw Puzzle like makeup fitting role players into their proper places. Baltimore still relies on pitching bolstered by the August return of injured starters Mike Flanagan and Jim Palmer and also Home runs where they Lead the orioles Are in first place and that s where they re going to stay until somebody knocks them out said Detroit manager Sparky Ander son who. Went through his share of september wars with world Cham Pion teams in Cincinnati. Last year the Milwaukee Brewers hitting and the tandem of by Young starter Pete Vuckovich and reliever Rollie fingers took them to the world series. But Vuckovich and fingers both had Arm trouble before the season. Fingers won t pitch this year Vuckovich made his first appearance on aug. 31, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings of a 4-1 loss to Seattle. Don Sutton acquired last August to help the Brewers Pennant drive went 0-6 in eight starts Between july 14 and the end of August yet first san Diego in August. Prior to Monte Fusco s Outing new York righty starters had recorded Only three victories season. Detroit has Clung closely season and the tigers Hopes Are sparked by second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell bidding to become the first double play partners to hit Over .300 in the same year in the . Since Boston s Joe Cronin and Bobby Doerr did it in 1939.catcher Lance Parrish and Center fielder Chet Lemon add to the tigers strength up the Middle. The strength in the . West again resides in los Angeles and Atlanta which both made some late August mane vering. The dodgers acquired Texas Rick Honeycutt who had a 14-6 record and was leading the . In earned run everything is still up in the air. Baseman Cecil Cooper recovered from a slow Start and is now carrying the offensive Load entering septem Ber with 107 rib 26 homers and a .304 average. Baltimore and the Brewers play seven times Over a 10-Day stretch in mid september. The new York Yankees once again under the influence of Billy Martin spent last year looking for a Short Stop who could Field and spent this season looking for a right handed starting Pitcher. They got their shortstop this year in Andre Robertson but he was injured in an August automobile Accident and will be sidelined for the replacement the Good hit fair Fielding Roy Smalley hauntingly illustrated the difference. In one game Smalley made two errors in the Bottom of the ninth inning As califor Nia rallied to nip the Yankees. The next Day Smalley smacked a three run Homer to beat the Angels. Ironically the winning Pitcher in that new York Triumph was Veteran right hander John Montefusco whom the Yankees picked up from average and Atlanta got Cleveland s Len Barker a fast Baller Best remembered for his 1981 perfect game. Sinker Balling some say scuff Balling Honeycutt allowed just one earned run in his first two starts for los Angeles Barker was hit hard in his . Debut giving up five runs and 10 hits in 42/3 of a 6-3 loss to St. Louis. Last season Many thought the braves were pretenders rather than contenders. Atlanta however Hung on with most valuable player Dale Murphy and slugging Bob Horner. But Horner broke his wrist in mid August finishing him for the Yea Rand Power Laden Atlanta hit just six Home runs in the next two weeks and went into an immediate tailspin. Superstitious fans blamed the slump on the removal of the Tepee of chief Noc a homa the braves Mas cot at Home. Last year the team lost 19 of 21 games after the Tepee was dodgers May have finally got ten settled in the infield which for a while was the worst in the majors. Offensive spark plug Steve sax went almost half the season unable to throw the Ball from second base to first. He started september with 30 errors More than two thirds on throws just five More than third baseman Pedro . East again is a Jumble among St. Louis Pittsburgh Phila Delphia and has stepped Forward and taken charge says St. Louis Ozzie Smith. We have a Good club. It s not the same club As last year but it s still a Good the built for Speed cardinals have generated much of their offence with a league leading 167 stolen bases but they Are still feeling the ill effects of the mid season Trade of Star first baseman Keith Hernandez evidenced by George Hendrick s Sud Den rib drop. Also starters Joaquin Andujar and Bob Forsch have been in a season Long matter what kind of team Chuck Tanner has in Pittsburgh the pirates Are always close. And this year is no exception though Tanner s formula has undergone some modification. The pirates still count on their veterans Guys like Bill Madlock and Dave Parker who s rallying in his option year but rookies Are playing a big role this pitchers Lee Tunnell and Jose Deleon who was dazzling in winning his last four starts in a gust and Center fielder Marvell Wynne have been keys to the pirates can have a Good track record but if you Don t have the players it s not going to work says the soft spoken Tanner. Philadelphia s wheeze kids have surprised Many by staying close. Mike Schmidt has shown signs of breaking put of his year Long doldrums with three two Homer games in August to run his league leading total to 32, but Pitcher Steve Carlton lost three starts to fall to 12 14.montreal, meanwhile continues to confound. They have Andre Dawson a triple Crown threat who is consid ered by Many of his Peers to be the Best in the game Star Catcher Gary Carter and Sweet swinging Al Oliver along with on paper some Fine say the team lacks the heart and soul found in Pittsburgh but the expos do have two things going for them in the final month a 16-game Home stand going into september and Manny , the starting second baseman for the . All Star team was acquired from Cleveland in mid August to fill the expos longstanding trouble spot and proceeded to hit .345 in seven games the rest of the also activated starter Scott Sanderson who broke his thumb july 4, to help Ace Steve Rogers 16-8 with a 2.93 Era through August. Perhaps the team that might enjoy september the most is the Chicago White sox. The team has t won a Pennant since 1959 and a world series Flag has t flown Over com Iskey Park since 1917.earlier this season Chicago fans did t believe their team could Winthe . West. Now they be caught , i think the people Here have been a Little hard to convince say White sox manager Tony Larussa. But when you think about it Las year we were a very Streaky club. This year we re a lot More consistent. And we be been winning he says. We have a Chance to draw 2million. We must be doing something

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