Dean Chance pitched a two-hit shutout as the Minnesota Twins remained undefeated with a 2-0 win in a game overshadowed by injuries to Yankees’ Joe Pepitone and Horace Clarke. The continuing impression of general impotence of the Yankees was supported by the shutout, but was completely brought to light with Pepitone’s mishap. Pepitone suffered a hairline fracture of his left (throwing) elbow in the eighth inning. He made a splendid catch of a Tony Oliva fly ball to open the inning, and fired the ball back to the infield off balance, as he often does. This time, he felt something pop and had to leave the game. X-rays will be studied, then it will be decided whether Pepitone will go on the disabled list, which would make him unavailable for a minimum of three weeks. Clarke left the game in the sixth. He has been playing with a sprained right wrist since the last week of spring training and it bothers him when he bats left-handed as he did against the right-handed Chance. Minnesota scored their runs in the third inning. One run scored on a wild pitch by starter Fred Talbot; the other on a Tony Oliva groundout after a double steal by Cesar Tovar and Rod Carew.
Reggie Smith hit a pair of home runs late in the game to lift the Boston Red Sox past the previously undefeated Cleveland Indians, 10-4. The Red Sox peppered Sonny Siebert and four relievers for seventeen hits. The Indians had allowed only nine hits over their first three games. Dalton Jones was the only Boston starter without a base hit. Joe Lahoud celebrated his 20th birthday with a two-run double in Boston’s three-run first, but Sox starter Jerry Stephenson was unable to hold the initial lead. Cleveland matched the Red Sox total with three runs, two scoring on a Vic Davalillo single. Boston scored single runs in the second and third, and busted the game open in the seventh with Reggie Smith’s first home run of the day. Stephenson settled down for a complete game victory.
In other American League action, the Orioles remained the other undefeated club in the major leagues with a 5-3 comeback victory over the Angels. The Birds scored four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Boog Powell’s three-run double. Davey Johnson collected three hits in the win. Chicago’s Tommy John blanked the Tigers, 3-0. Reggie Jackson homered in Oakland’s 5-3 win in Washington.
In the National League, the Phillies knocked the Giants from the ranks of the undefeated with a doubleheader split at Candlestick Park. Philadelphia hammered Giants ace Juan Marichal for four home runs by Richie Allen, Tony Gonzalez, Johnny Callison and Don Lock in the opener. Ray Sadecki shut down the Phils with a three-hitter, 3-1, in the nightcap. Phillies’ starter Chris Short surrendered only two hits over seven innings, but issued five free passes. Jesus Alou drove in both Giant runs with a single scoring Jim Davenport and Willie McCovey. In Chicago, Ernie Banks’ two-run home run in the sixth lifted the Cubs over the Cardinals, 3-1. Jim Bunning and the Pirates defeated the Dodgers, 6-2. In the Astrodome, Larry Dierker won the battle of 21-year-old hurlers with a 6-1 win over Nolan Ryan and the Mets. The Braves and Reds were washed out in Atlanta.
In the national news:
Plot Hinted in King Assassination
Investigators are confused by the amount of conflicts between witnesses. This confusion leads them to believe that there was more than one person involved in the King assassination. The FBI is still looking for the killer and is “conducting the most massive manhunt in its history.” (Associated Press)
Hanoi Charges U.S. Delays Talks
North Vietnam charged Sunday that the United States was “deliberately delaying” preliminary peace talks on the Vietnam war by its reluctance to accept Phnom Penh or Warsaw as the site for the initial contacts. (Associated Press)
Los Angeles Stayed Calm After King’s Assassination
The Watts riots taught Los Angeles a lesson. “Within 24 hours after King’s death, a coalition of Negro leaders – The Black Operational Unity Committee – was formed. Its directors were leaders of about 40 Negro organizations and represented what they said were ‘extremists of both sides.’ “As long as we find something in common to move on and do more on just that, the movement will keep up together,” (Ron) Karenga said.
Carmichael Says King’s Assassination Will Be Unifying Force
Stokely Carmichael told reporters “They clearly made a mistake when they killed Dr. King. It would have been far better if they killed Rap Brown or myself. There is no possible way for them to make an excuse for Dr. King’s killing. He preached love, forgiveness and mercy.” (Associated Press)
Guaranteed Minimum Income is Proposed by McCarthy
Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, D-Minn, has proposed a guaranteed minimum income and a federally subsidized health insurance program to raise the standard of living of the nation’s poor. He is expected to win the Massachusetts primary on April 30 because his name is the only name on the ballot. Kennedy hasn’t launched a write-in campaign. (Associated Press)