Ed Whitson got hit hard in Yankee Stadium last night but no one seemed to mind too much because he won a game that included 31 hits, seven home runs and six doubles.
Rickey Henderson's three-run homer highlighted a nine-run seventh inning that gave Whitson and the New York Yankees a 14-11 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Whitson was booed so mercilessly at home late last season and in his first start there this season that Manager Lou Piniella decided to give him only road assignments. But, after Whitson pitched well recently in Kansas City, Piniella scheduled him to start Saturday in New York. Whitson's stomach became so upset that he missed the game, although he mopped up in the ninth inning the following day in New York.
Last night, Whitson (2-1) got the victory for 3 1/3 innings in relief of starter Ron Guidry, even though he allowed six hits and five runs, including an RBI single by Billy Beane in the eighth, an RBI double by Kirby Puckett in the ninth and a three-run homer by Beane in the ninth.
Beane had five hits and four RBI.
As Guidry said, "Nothing went right for pitchers tonight." He should know. He entered the game with a 3-1 record and a 1.29 ERA, but was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in five innings and a "fine" from the team's Kangaroo Kourt for "endangering the lives of his teammates."
*Angels 4, Blue Jays 3: Rick Burleson scored the winning run for California from third base while rookie pitcher Mark Eichhorn argued a call at first base in the ninth inning in Toronto.
With one out in the ninth, Burleson singled off Eichhorn (2-1) and Ruppert Jones went to first on catcher's interference by Jeff Hearron. Wally Joyner hit a bouncer to first baseman Willie Upshaw, who forced Jones at second. Shortstop Tony Fernandez's relay throw to Eichhorn at first was not in time to catch Joyner, according to first base umpire Al Clark, and when Eichhorn argued the call Burleson ran home with the winning run.
"I think he just got caught up in the excitement of the game," said Burleson. "He never even glanced at me, so I got off third base more and more. I'm not the fastest guy in the world, but I decided to try it."
Eichhorn, 25, blamed Clark, saying he made a slow call at first.
"Basically, I just assumed it was the third out," he said. "I really didn't think there was any question. There was some hesitation and then he [Clark] said 'safe.' It was definitely a delayed call . . . . I don't even know what the runner did. Did he trip over my foot? Did he fall down? I don't know."
*Indians 6, Rangers 5: In Arlington, Tex., Julio Franco doubled home Andy Allanson in the ninth as Cleveland rallied from a three-run deficit in the final two innings.
Jim Kern (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings before Ernie Camacho got his fifth save. Loser Greg Harris (2-3) allowed five hits and four runs in 2 1/3 innings.
The Indians tied in the eighth on pinch-hitter Mel Hall's two-out, three-run home run.
*Tigers 2, Royals 1: Mike Laga's seventh-inning home run gave visiting Detroit the victory in a pitching battle between Frank Tanana and Kansas City's Dennis Leonard. Laga's two-out bases-empty homer into the second deck in right was the second hit off Leonard (2-2).
"When you pitch like that, you're supposed to win," Royals Manager Dick Howser said. "He can't pitch any better than this."
Tanana (3-1) gave up six hits and struck out eight in his second complete game.
*Brewers 5, A's 4: In Milwaukee, Billy Joe Robidoux lined a bases-loaded single to left to score Ernest Riles with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Riles opened the inning with a single to left off loser Jay Howell (0-2). Cecil Cooper doubled, moving Riles to third, and Howell intentionally walked Robin Yount to load the bases before Robidoux singled.