American League Roundup : Neither Blue Jays Nor Unruly Fans Can Stop Orioles
The Toronto Blue Jays went down meekly to Mike Boddicker, but their fans didn’t.
Boddicker, of the Baltimore Orioles, pitched a four-hitter to outduel Doyle Alexander, 2-1, Monday in the home opener at Toronto, but the big story was the crowd of 43,587.
Always an exuberant lot, 126 of the Toronto fans got carried away, and were ejected.
Several fans darted onto the field and sprinted from the outfield bleacher seats to the stands on the first-base side, causing Oriole Manager Earl Weaver to play the game under protest.
“Here I am answering questions about that rather than about my pitcher going nine innings,” Weaver said later.
“I have no idea why they (the fans) do that. It’s something I could never do--jump on the field, get my head whacked and pay a $150 fine.”
Toronto’s Rance Mulliniks, who had two doubles off Boddicker, was even more furious.
“I think I’d be inclined to take a night stick to them,” Mulliniks said. “It’s not enough to just walk them off the field and let them go. I’ve never seen it this bad, and that includes any place I’ve ever been.”
Boddicker (1-0) struck out six and walked two.
Doubles by Rick Dempsey and Alan Wiggins gave the Orioles a run in the third inning, and Dempsey’s run-scoring double in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie.
Toronto scored in the first when Tony Fernandez singled, stole second and scored when Dempsey’s throw to second deflected off Fernandez and rolled into left field.
Kansas City 8, Boston 2--Willie Wilson triggered a six-run eighth inning with his third consecutive single, and the Royals beat the Red Sox to spoil the 86th home opener at Boston.
The Royals jumped on starter Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd (0-1) and reliever Bob Stanley and broke a 2-2 tie by sending 12 batters to the plate in the eighth. The Royals came up with six hits in the inning.
Marty Barrett homered for Boston.
Detroit 10, Chicago 8--Darrell Evans hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and ignited a six-run sixth with a single as the Tigers defeated the White Sox at Chicago.
Harry Spilman and Lance Parrish added solo homers for the Tigers, who handed the White Sox their sixth loss in seven games.
Greg Walker hit two homers for Chicago.
Oakland 7, Minnesota 6--Carney Lansford’s two-run single capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning to give the A’s a victory over the Twins at Minneapolis.
Tom Brunansky hit two home runs for the Twins, including one that traveled 463 feet, and drove in three runs. Kirby Puckett added a solo homer for Minnesota.
Texas 10, Milwaukee 1--Rookie Ed Correa allowed three hits over eight innings, and the Rangers hit four home runs to rout the Brewers in the home opener at Milwaukee.
Darrell Porter, Oddibe McDowell, Steve Buechele and Larry Parrish homered for the Rangers.