Reggie Jackson hit a pair of home runs, his first since May 14, off Tom Seaver last night and the California Angels won in Boston, 5-0, over a Red Sox team that had just suspended 11-game winner Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd.
Kirk McCaskill (10-5) pitched the shutout, an eight-hitter, in dealing Seaver (4-7) his first loss in three decisions since Boston acquired him from the Chicago White Sox.
The Red Sox suspended Boyd without pay a minimum of three days for leaving the club in a rage over being bypassed for the American League all-star team.
Boyd stalked out before Thursday night's California-Boston game and did not appear on schedule for last night's game.
"He's not going to get back into uniform until he comes and talks with us and apologizes to his teammates," General Manager Lou Gorman said. "It's going to cost him some money, quite a bit of money. You can't react like he did against his teammates and the organization. We recognize that he was disappointed in not making the all-star team, but so were others."
The amount of the fine was not announced, but it figures to about $6,450. Boyd was fined one day's pay, a reported $2,150, for reporting late for the Red Sox's final exhibition game in Florida on April 5.
With a smaller salary in 1985, the right-hander was fined about $1,600 for missing a game last August after losing his temper and challenging veteran slugger Jim Rice in the clubhouse.
Gorman and Manager John McNamara held a news conference in a clubhouse office about a half-hour after Boyd failed to check in with other pitchers by 5:10 p.m. yesterday. "We haven't heard from him," McNamara said.
The Red Sox had made sure that Boyd could not get into uniform until he first met with McNamara and Gorman. His uniform had been removed from his locker.
Boyd, 26, bolted Thursday, cursing everyone in sight and throwing clothing around as he got out of his uniform and departed. Asked if Boyd's past history had to do with the fine, Gorman said: "Definitely. Everything compounds."
Boyd (11-6) had been scheduled to start Sunday against California. McNamara said the job will be filled by rookie Jeff Sellers.
In last night's game, Jackson hit a towering shot into the right field stands leading off the second inning for his eighth homer of the year. After Wally Joyner's RBI single made it 2-0 in the fifth, Jackson started the sixth by lining a pitch into the bleachers in right-center for career homer No. 539.
Blue Jays 6, A's 5: In Toronto, Damaso Garcia's two-run homer capped a four-run second inning that set up the win over Oakland.
Mark Eichhorn (7-3) won in relief of former Atlanta Brave Joe Johnson, who lasted into the fifth.
Yankees 9, Twins 3: Doug Drabek got his first major league win as Mike Pagliarulo and Dan Pasqua hit New York home runs, Don Mattingly three doubles and Rickey Henderson two doubles and a single in Minnesota's Metrodome.
Royals 4-7, Tigers 3-8: Frank White's two-run eighth-inning homer won the doubleheader opener for the home team in Kansas City, but Dave Collins' two-run shot in the eighth led to a Detroit victory in the second game. Jim Sundberg had a grand slam for the Royals, but Collins' first homer this season tied the game at 7, and the Tigers won in the 11th when Dave Engle singled home Kirk Gibson.
Indians 7, Rangers 2: In Cleveland, Andre Thornton drove in three runs to back knuckleballer Tom Candiotti's league-high eighth complete game. Candiotti (8-6) allowed eight Texas hits.
Mariners 9, Brewers 3: Danny Tartabull hit a two-run homer, Phil Bradley drove in three runs and John Moses had three hits, three stolen bases and an RBI as Seattle won with 14 hits in Milwaukee.