In Kansas City, third baseman George Brett struck a news photographer in the head with a crutch as he was leaving Royals Stadium during a game the Texas Rangers won, 3-2.

Brett injured his ankle sliding hom in the fourth inning and was waiting at the clubhouse elevator with teammate Clint Hurdle when the incident occurred. Tom Gralish, a staff photographer for United Press International, and photographers from the Kansas City Times and The Associated Press were snapping pictures of Brett.

"Brett stuck out his crutch and hit me with a swipe up and caught my camera on the way down," said Gralish, who was not hurt.

"He said, 'Don't you have anything better to take pictures of?'

"I was stunned and Hurdle was laughing," said Gralish.

A team spokesman said Brett, the AL's most valuable player in 1980, probably would be out a week with strained ligaments in his right ankle.

Pat Putnam's homer in the eighth won the game for Texas. Kansas City starter Paul Splittorff (0-3) had retired 12 straight batters before Putnam hit a pitch into the right-field stands with one out in the eighth.

Doc Medich (3-2) yielded six hits over eight innings before being relieved by John Henry Johnson. Steve Comer finished up for his second save.