Reggie Jackson, booed loudly by the fans every time he came to the plate, played in his first game since his five-game suspension a week ago and hit two RBI singles and a solo home run yesterday as the New York Yankee's touted the visiting Cleveland Indians, 11-0, in the first game of a double-header.
In the second game, Catfish Hunter was knocked out without retiring a batter for the first time in his 445 major league starts as the Indians scored nine first-inning runs in a 17-5 triumph. Cleveland's Duane Kuiper drove in six runs with two bases loaded triples.
Jackson, reduced to a part-time designated hitter by Billy Martin before the manager's forced resignation earlier this week, returned to the starting lineup in the right field. He responded with RBI singles in the first and fifth innings and his 15th homer of the season in the fourth.
The nightcap loss was the first defeat in four games for Yankee Manager Bob Lemon since replacing Martin. The first 10 Cleveland batters reached base on five walks and five hits - including Kuiper's first triple and a two-run single by Bernie Carbo. The Indians scored seven runs before a batter was retired, one short of the American League record.
In other games, Mike Cubbage hit for the cycle and Stan Perzanowski, making his first big-league appearance in more than two years, pitched a six-hitter as the host Minnesota Twins topped the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-3.
Rollie Fingers went to the final two innings to earn his 22nd save, tops in the major leagues, as the San Diego Padres downed visiting Pittsburgh, 6-3, and extended the Pirates' losing streak to five.