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Thursday May 17, 1973
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MLB standings at the end of May 17, 1973

A.L. East
Detroit Tigers 34 17 17 0 .500 127124 8-109-75-5Won 3
New York Yankees 33 16 17 0 .4850.5 145127 11-85-96-4Won 2
Baltimore Orioles 32 15 17 0 .4691.0 106100 7-68-115-5Won 1
Milwaukee Brewers 32 15 17 0 .4691.0 121131 8-87-95-5Lost 2
Boston Red Sox 31 14 17 0 .4521.5 140143 9-95-85-5Lost 2
Cleveland Indians 35 15 20 0 .4292.5 116152 7-98-114-6Lost 2

A.L. West
Chicago White Sox 30 20 10 0 .667 146119 9-511-55-5Won 1
Kansas City Royals 36 21 15 0 .5832.0 181154 10-1011-55-5Won 1
California Angels 32 18 14 0 .5623.0 107109 9-79-75-5Lost 1
Oakland A's 36 19 17 0 .5284.0 167144 7-812-96-4Won 1
Minnesota Twins 31 15 16 0 .4845.5 143150 8-77-94-6Lost 1
Texas Rangers 32 12 20 0 .3759.0 108154 8-94-113-7Lost 1

N.L. East
Chicago Cubs 36 21 15 0 .583 154129 11-710-87-3Lost 2
New York Mets 33 18 15 0 .5451.5 124119 7-1011-56-4Won 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 30 14 16 0 .4674.0 154148 6-98-73-7Won 1
Montreal Expos 31 14 17 0 .4524.5 119155 6-58-124-6Lost 2
Philadelphia Phillies 34 13 21 0 .3827.0 114152 8-85-132-8Lost 1
St. Louis Cardinals 34 11 23 0 .3249.0 126152 6-115-126-4Won 3

N.L. West
San Francisco Giants 40 26 14 0 .650 182168 15-911-55-5Lost 1
Houston Astros 38 23 15 0 .6052.0 162125 13-610-95-5Won 1
Cincinnati Reds 35 20 15 0 .5713.5 155121 6-814-75-5Lost 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 37 21 16 0 .5683.5 155133 12-99-77-3Won 2
Atlanta Braves 35 15 20 0 .4298.5 143139 6-89-126-4Lost 1
San Diego Padres 37 14 23 0 .37810.5 127174 12-122-115-5Won 1

Today's scores and summaries:

A's 4, Angels 0 at California (night game):
Bobby Valentine slammed into the center field fence and suffered a fractured leg chasing a three-run homer by Dick Green in the second inning of the Athletics' 4-0 victory over the Angels. Reggie Jackson led off the inning with a triple and, after two out, Ray Fosse walked before Green hit a drive that bounced off the top of the fence. Bill North accounted for the A's last run with a homer in the fifth.

Orioles 4, Indians 1 at Cleveland (day game):
A homer by Dave Duncan with one out in the ninth inning deprived Jim Palmer of what would have been his third straight shutout when the Orioles' righthander defeated the Indians, 4-1. Palmer allowed only two other hits. The Orioles' attack included a two-run double by Rich Coggins.

Tigers 1, Red Sox 0 at Detroit (night game):
Tony Taylor, who went into the game batting only .173, smashed a homer in the eighth inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 victory over the Red Sox in a duel between Jim Perry and John Curtis. The shutout was Perry's first of the season.

White Sox 5, Twins 4 at Minnesota (night game):
Although needing help in the eighth inning, Wilbur Wood gained his ninth victory of the season when the White Sox defeated the Twins, 5-4. The White Sox scored in the second on a single by Bill Melton and double by Rick Reichardt, added two runs on a homer by Dick Allen in the third and made it 5-0 with a pair in the fourth on a single by Ken Henderson, triple by Reichardt and a wild pitch. Steve Braun homered in the Twins' half of the fourth. A single by Rod Carew, double by Tony Oliva and triple by Braun finished Wood in the eighth, but Cy Acosta relieved and struck out Danny Thompson to end the rally.

Yankees 4, Brewers 2 at New York (night game):
Shut out for eight innings, the Yankees rallied for two tying runs in the ninth and then beat the Brewers in the 11th, 4-2, when Felipe Alou singled and Graig Nettles smashed a homer. Nettles also batted in the tying run in the ninth. Bobby Murcer sparked the rally with a homer, Ron Blomberg doubled and Nettles smacked a single.

Royals 6, Rangers 1 at Texas (night game):
Clinching the victory with two homers, the Royals defeated the Rangers, 6-1, to end their four-game losing streak. Amos Otis hit for the circuit in the sixth inning and John Mayberry rapped a round-tripper with two aboard in the seventh.

Cardinals 6, Cubs 4 at Chicago (day game):
Batting safely in his 25th straight game, Beckert had a 4-for-4 day, but the Cubs lost to the Cardinals, 6-4. Ted Simmons had four hits in five trips for the Redbirds. The Cubs took a 4-3 lead when Randy Hundley homered with a man on base in the third, but a round-tripper by Ken Reitz tied the score in the seventh. The Cardinals, facing Jack Aker in the ninth, broke away to win with two runs on an error and singles by Mike Tyson, Ed Crosby and Lou Brock.

Dodgers 3, Reds 1 at Cincinnati (day game):
Rallying for three runs in the ninth inning, the Dodgers defeated the Reds, 3-1. A surprise bunt by Johnny Bench resulted in a Reds' run in the eighth after Pete Rose walked and took third on a single by Larry Stahl. The Dodgers began their rally with singles by Joe Ferguson and Willie Crawford. Following a sacrifice by Ron Cey, Bill Russell was passed intentionally. Steve Garvey grounded to Joe Morgan, whose only play was to first as pinch-runner Steve Yeager scored to tie the game. Davey Lopes then singled to drive in two runs and provide the Dodgers with their victory.

Astros 2, Braves 1 at Houston (night game):
With Ken Forsch pitching a four-hitter, the Astros broke a four-game losing streak by defeating the Braves, 2-1. The Braves scored their run in the fourth inning on a double by Dusty Baker and single by Mike Lum. The Astros came back with a pair in their half. Cesar Cedeno singled, took third on a single by Bob Watson and counted the tying tally on a sacrifice fly by Lee May. Watson moved to second and scored the deciding run on a double by Tommy Helms.

Pirates 5, Phillies 2 at Pittsburgh (night game):
The Pirates knocked out Steve Carlton in the seventh inning and scored three runs to defeat the Phillies, 5-2. Gene Alley started the outburst with a single. Milt May and Rennie Stennett walked to load the bases. When Mike Schmidt bobbled a smash by Gene Clines, Alley scored to break the 2-2 tie. Dave Cash then doubled to drive in two extra runs.

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