Each year it seems, Ralph Houk dips into his minor-league well and fishes out a major-league pitcher. First there was Mark Fidrych, then Dave Rozema. And now, while the Detroit Tigers have quietly slipped into contention in the American League East, Houk has come up with Kip Young.
No relation to Cy.
"A lot of pitchers that come up from the minors just have one main pitch, a second one that isn't as good and a third that isn't worth much at all," said Houk, after the Tigers whipped the Chicago White Sox, 7-1, Friday night. "Kip's got the three-good pitches and can move them around."
"I'm just a guy that was called up from the minors and told to try and get major league hitters out," said Young, who scattered 10 hits and struck out six in going the distance for the third straight time in as many career starts. In 29 innings, Young has compiled a 1.55 ERA, losing only once in a relief effort.
Steve Kemp singled home a first-inning run for the Tigers and rookie Lance Parrish singled to open the second, eventually scoring one of his three runs for the night on a ground out by Alan Trammell. Parrish then doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Trammell before hitting his ninth home run in the sixth.
Chicago managed only three hits off Young through the first six innings, but scored in the seventh on a walk and two-out singles by Claudell Washington and Bill Nahorodny. Orioles 2, Yankees 1
Doug DeCinces cracked a two-run homer and Mike Flanagan and Don Stanhouse scattered seven hits to send Baltimore over New York and Ron Guidry. Guidry retired the first 14 Oriole batters, spaced five hits and struck out 10 in dropping only his second decision against 15 wins. Brewers 6, Red Sox 2
Sal Bando and Larry Hisle slam consecutive first-inning homers to stake Lary Sorensen to his 13th win for Milwaukee. The triumph helped the Brewers cut Boston's first-place lead in the AL East to five games. Blue Jays 5, Royals 4
Otto Velez knocked in the tying run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly and Rick Bosetti followed with a game-winning single to cap a two-run rally and give Toronto a victory over Kansas City, loser of four straight games. Rangers 8, Indians 0
Ferguson Jenkins threw his second shutout of the season and moved into 11th place on the all-time strikeout lists, (2,545) and Al Oliver knocked in three runs with a pair of singles against Cleveland to help Texas break a five-game losing streak. A's 6, Mariners 1
John Henry Johnson fired a seven-hitter and Willie Horton drove in three runs with three singles to beat Seattle for Oakland. Angels 12, Twins 3
Carney Lansford rapped out four singles and drove in three runs to pace California's 16-hit attack over Minnesota. NATIONAL LEAGUE Giants 2, Dodgers 1
Vida Blue won his 16th game in pitching San Francisco over Los Angeles. Blue had a one-hitter entering the ninth and retired the first two hitters before Reggie Smith doubled to center. Ron Cey, whose 13th homer in the fifth inning was the only other hit off Blue, was coming up and Manager Joe Altobelli decided to make a change.
Moffitt retired Cey on a fly to center to record his ninth save and moved the Giants two games ahead of Cincinnati and 4 1/2 ahead of the Dodgers in the National League West. Padres 3, Reds 2
San Diego won its 10th straight as Gene Tenace, who had a two-run single in the first inning, scored from first base on a Cincinnati throwing error in the eighth. Bob Shirley got the win and Rollie Fingers came on for his 26th save. Phillies 2-2, PIrates 0-5
Rookie Don Robinson hurled a four-hitter and Bill Robinson drove in two runs to give Pittsburgh the split after Larry Christenson threw a six-hitter for Philadelphia in the opener. Braves 7, Astros 2
Jeff Burroughs hit a three-run homer and Jerry Royster slashed four singles to back Phil Niekro's 10-hit pitching as Atlanta moved past Houston into fifth place in the West. Mets 8, Cardinals 3
Joel Youngblood and John Stearns drove in three New York runs apiece to help Craig Swan to his third straight win. St. Louis pitchers walked 10 batters as the Cardinals lost their seventh straight.