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    Jul 24, 1970 - Chicago's Bill Melton ties the ML record by striking out 7 times in a doubleheader split with Detroit. Melton will strike out his first 3 times up in his next game‚ in Baltimore on the 28th‚ before flying out in the 9th. The Sox win the opener today‚ 5-2 with 6 straight singles and 5 runs in the 9th. The Tigers win the nitecap‚ 5-4‚ in the 9th when Don Wert draws a walk from Wilbur Wood with the sacks full.

    Jul 9, 1970 - Dalton Jones of the Tigers loses a grand slam against the Red Sox when he passes teammate Don Wert on the base paths. Jones pinch hits for Jim Price and belts a 2-2 pitch from Vincente Romo into the RF upper deck for a grand slam. However‚ he passes Don Wert between first and second and is called out‚ ending up with a 3-RBI single.

    Jul 15, 1969 - With President Nixon attending his 5th game of the season‚ the Senators beat the Tigers again‚ 7-3. The Tigers pull off the first triple play of the year when Brinkman grounds to 3B Don Wert. Cullen‚ hitting .206‚ drives in 4 runs with a single‚ double and HR.

    Sep 17, 1968 - Yankee SS Gene Michael polls a hidden ball trick on Tom Matchick in the 7th‚ but Detroit clinches the AL pennant with a 2-1 win. Detroit is ahead 1-0 when Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey phones Tiger GM Jim Campbell with the news that the Sox have beaten the Orioles‚ clinching the pennant for the Tigers. Campbell keeps the score off the radio and the scoreboard‚ fearing the news will send fans rampaging onto the field. Don Wert singles home the winner in the 9th and the fans tear down the left field screen.

    Jun 24, 1968 - Detroit RF Jim Northrup becomes the 6th AL player to hit 2 grand slams in one game‚ connecting in the 5th inning off Eddie Fisher and in the 6th off Billy Rohr‚ as the Tigers bomb Cleveland 14-3. Norhtrup misses a chance when strikes out in the 1st inning with the bases loaded. Denny McLain is the victor. First baseman Willie Smith pitches the last 3 innings‚ walking just one and allowing one hit and no runs. Detroit's Don Wert is taken to the hospital following a 6th inning beaning which shatters his batting helmet. He will miss just a few games.

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