"Rawley would have beaten the 1927 Yankees today, he was that good," Toronto Manager Bobby Cox said after New York left-hander Shane Rawley beat his team on a seven-hitter for his first major league shutout.
Butch Wynegar singled home the lead run in the top of the fourth inning and Don Mattingly, a rookie playing right field because Steve Kemp was ailing, doubled for two insurance runs in the seventh.
As so often, the Yankees made an off-field stir, too. The general counsel of the major league umpires association, Richie Phillips, said on NBC-TV he has asked Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to discipline owner George Steinbrenner for statements made during New York's exhibition game against Montreal March 26.
Phillips said Steinbrenner "attacked the integrity of the umpires" with an allegation that National League umpires had to observe a "rule in effect," supposedly imposed by NL President Chub Feeney, in interleague games to "give the close calls to the National League."
Besides, Phillips said, "This season was not further than the second inning, when George Steinbrenner was screaming to the world that the (AL) umpires had just blown them out of the opening game. If this is going to continue . . . the umpires are not going to be part of George's vaudeville act, I'll tell you that."
Steinbrenner: "Richie Phillips is looking for a little publicity . . . I've given the commissioner my version of what happened."