After being knocked out of the game in the fourth inning Thursday, his earliest departure in 20 starts this season. California's Frank Tanana waved and made an uncomplimentary gesture to the Minnesota crowd amidst a chorus of boos.
"I happen to like Tanana personally and as a player, but I hate to see him or anyone of that caliber act like a little boy," said Twin manager Gene Mauch after his team earned an 8-6 victory.
Tanana later apologized for his actions. "I had no business doing what I did," he said. "It was uncalled for, I guess it was the frustration of not doing the job I'm capable of doing."
Meanwhile, New York's Catfish Hunter did what he is capable of doing. The Yankees' righthander pitched a four-hitter for his best showing of the season as New York pounded Cleveland, 8-2, for its 13th straight triumph over the Indians over two seasons.
"I'm encouraged because my arm felt good," said Hunter, who has had arm trouble virtually all season. "That's the most important thing. When my arm feels good, I was hitting my spots and making good pitches."
"Tanana wasn't himself," Minnesota's Butch Wynegar said after collecting three hits and driving in three runs. "But it's always nice to get to him. When you beat him, you've beaten the best."
Tanana was shelled for eight hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings. The loss dropped the record of the AL most successful pitcher - and probable starter in the All-Star Game - to 12-6. It was only the fourth time he failed to go the distance.
Meanwhile, Hunter's complete-game effort was only his fourth in 11 starts and raised his record to 5-3.
"Cat's got to win for us to win," said New York outfielder Lou Piniella "He's the leader of our staff"