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Tigers Sweep Doubleheader from Kansas City, Regain First Place in American League

July 23, 1961 - The Detroit Tigers regained first place today by trouncing the Kansas City Athletics, 6-3 and 17-14. The second game was a slugfest, with a total of 31 runs, 34 hits, 13 pitchers and 7 errors. It lasted 3 hours 54 minutes, a record for a nine-inning major league game. The double-header lasted 7 hours 23 minutes. The Tigers suffered a costly loss when their third baseman, Steve Boros (pictured), collided with Frank Lary while chasing a bunt in the second game. Boros suffered a fractured collarbone and will be out of action for at least a month. A week ago the Tigers lost their first-string catcher, Dick Brown, with a broken finger.


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