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Tuesday April 7, 1970
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With five extra-base hits powering their early attack, the Athletics defeated the Royals, 6-4, to disappoint a Kansas City opening-day crowd of 18,127. Sal Bando and Don Mincher hit homers, Bert Campaneris tripled and Rick Monday rapped a triple and double, all off Wally Bunker in the first five innings.

The Royals nipped at Blue Moon Odom and forced his exit in the sixth when Bob Oliver tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Rollie Fingers took over and limited the Royals to one hit the rest of the way. [The Sporting News]


Oakland Athletics 6, Kansas City Royals 4

Game Played on Tuesday, April 7, 1970 (Day game) at Municipal Stadium

A's          1  0  3    1  1  0    0  0  0  -   6 10  1
Royals       1  0  2    0  0  1    0  0  0  -   4  7  0


A's                  AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      Royals               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
Campaneris ss         5   1   1   0     0   1   .200      Kelly rf              3   2   2   0     1   0   .667
Monday cf             3   2   2   1     2   1   .667      Fiore 1b              4   0   0   0     0   1   .000
Alou lf               5   1   2   1     0   0   .400      Otis cf               4   0   2   3     0   0   .500
Jackson rf            4   0   1   1     1   2   .250      Oliver 3b             4   1   2   0     0   0   .500
Bando 3b              5   1   1   2     0   2   .200      Piniella lf           3   0   0   0     1   1   .000
Mincher 1b            4   1   2   1     1   0   .500      Alcaraz 2b            4   0   0   0     0   0   .000
Green 2b              5   0   1   0     0   1   .200      Hernandez ss          3   0   0   0     0   2   .000
Fernandez c           2   0   0   0     2   2   .000        Kirkpatrick ph      1   0   0   0     0   0   .000
Odom p                3   0   0   0     0   2   .000      Rodriguez c           4   0   0   0     0   0   .000
  Fingers p           1   0   0   0     0   0   .000      Bunker p              0   1   0   0     1   0   .000
                                                            Spriggs ph          1   0   1   0     0   0  1.000
                                                            Rooker p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
                                                            Keough ph           1   0   0   0     0   0   .000
                                                            Drabowsky p         0   0   0   0     0   0   .000

Totals               37   6  10   6     6  11             Totals               32   4   7   3     3   4

Time of Game: 2:52   Attendance: 18,127
Left on Base: A's 10, Royals 4
DP: A's 1, Royals 0
Errors: Monday
Doubles: Monday (1), Alou (1)
Triples: Campaneris (1), Monday (1), Oliver (1)
Home Runs: Bando (1), Mincher (1)
Stolen Bases: Jackson (1)
Caught Stealing: Piniella (1)
GIDP: Oliver (1)


A's                    IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Odom W(1-0)             5     6   4   3   3   3   0  23   5.40
Fingers SV(1)           4     1   0   0   0   1   0  12   0.00
Totals                  9     7   4   3   3   4   0  35

Royals                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Bunker L(0-1)           5     9   6   6   3   8   2  27  10.80
Rooker                  2     0   0   0   3   0   0   9   0.00
Drabowsky               2     1   0   0   0   3   0   7   0.00
Totals                  9    10   6   6   6  11   2  43

Passed Balls: Rodriguez 2 (2)
Wild Pitches: Odom 2 (2)
Balks: Bunker (1)

Umpires: HP - Larry Napp, 1B - John Rice, 2B - Marty Springstead, 3B - Larry Barnett


ATHLETICS 1ST: Campaneris tripled to left; Monday doubled to
left [Campaneris scored]; Alou made an out to second; Jackson
flied out to right; Bando grounded out (first to pitcher); 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Athletics 1, Royals 0.

ROYALS 1ST: Kelly singled to center [Kelly to second (error by
Monday)]; Fiore grounded out (second to first) [Kelly to third];
Otis grounded out (shortstop to first) [Kelly scored
(unearned)]; Oliver singled to left; Piniella made an out to
second; 1 R (0 ER), 2 H, 1 E, 1 LOB.  Athletics 1, Royals 1.

ATHLETICS 2ND: Mincher singled to right; Rodriguez allowed a
passed ball [Mincher to second]; Green flied out to left;
Fernandez struck out; Odom struck out; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Athletics 1, Royals 1.

ROYALS 2ND: Alcaraz grounded out (third to first); Hernandez
grounded out (pitcher to first); Rodriguez grounded out (third
to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Athletics 1, Royals 1.

ATHLETICS 3RD: Campaneris struck out; Monday tripled to right;
Alou singled to left [Monday scored]; Rodriguez allowed a passed
ball [Alou to second]; Jackson struck out; Bando homered [Alou
scored]; Mincher walked; Green singled to left [Mincher to
third]; Fernandez walked [Mincher stayed at third, Green to
second]; Odom grounded out (pitcher to first); 3 R, 4 H, 0 E, 3
LOB.  Athletics 4, Royals 1.

ROYALS 3RD: Bunker walked; Kelly singled [Bunker to second];
Odom threw a wild pitch [Bunker to third, Kelly to second];
Fiore was called out on strikes; Otis singled to left [Bunker
scored, Kelly scored]; Oliver grounded into a double play (third
to second to first) [Otis out at second]; 2 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Athletics 4, Royals 3.

ATHLETICS 4TH: Campaneris flied out to right; Monday walked;
Bunker balked [Monday to second]; Alou made an out to shortstop;
Jackson singled [Monday scored]; Jackson stole second; Bando
struck out; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Athletics 5, Royals 3.

ROYALS 4TH: Piniella struck out; Alcaraz made an out to
shortstop; Hernandez struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Athletics 5, Royals 3.

ATHLETICS 5TH: Mincher homered; Green struck out; Fernandez
struck out; Odom was called out on strikes; 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 3.

ROYALS 5TH: Rodriguez grounded out (shortstop to first); SPRIGGS
BATTED FOR BUNKER; Spriggs singled to left; Kelly walked
[Spriggs to second]; Fiore popped to catcher in foul territory;
Otis made an out to third; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Athletics 6,
Royals 3.

ATHLETICS 6TH: ROOKER REPLACED SPRIGGS (PITCHING); Campaneris
grounded out (shortstop to first); Monday walked; Alou lined to
left; Jackson walked [Monday to second]; Bando grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 3.

ROYALS 6TH: Oliver tripled to center; Odom threw a wild pitch
[Oliver scored]; Piniella walked; FINGERS REPLACED ODOM
(PITCHING); Piniella was caught stealing second (catcher to
second); Alcaraz flied out to left; Hernandez struck out; 1 R, 1
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ATHLETICS 7TH: Mincher flied out to left; Green flied out to
center; Fernandez walked; Fingers grounded out (pitcher to
first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ROYALS 7TH: Rodriguez made an out to second; KEOUGH BATTED FOR
ROOKER; Keough flied out to center; Kelly flied out to left; 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ATHLETICS 8TH: DRABOWSKY REPLACED KEOUGH (PITCHING); Campaneris
grounded out (third to first); Monday struck out; Alou doubled
to left; Jackson was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ROYALS 8TH: Fiore flied out to center; Otis singled to right;
Oliver popped to first in foul territory; Piniella flied out to
right; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ATHLETICS 9TH: Bando was called out on strikes; Mincher popped
to catcher in foul territory; Green lined to shortstop; 0 R, 0
H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.

ROYALS 9TH: Alcaraz grounded out (second to first); KIRKPATRICK
BATTED FOR HERNANDEZ; Kirkpatrick flied out to right; Rodriguez
lined to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Athletics 6, Royals 4.



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