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Yanks Top Tigers as Stafford Pitches Another Gem

June 12, 1962 - The Yankees discovered an antidote today to Detroit’s Frank Lary, who has been pitching poison to them for years. Manager Ralph Houk turned Bill Stafford loose against the Tigers and the young righty proved even more venomous than Lary. Pitching shutout baseball until 2 were out in the last inning, Stafford topped Lary, 2-1. Bill allowed only six hits and walked no one. The victory put the Yanks in first place, and they stayed there when the Twins lost to the Angels at Los Angeles. As things turned out, a third-inning homer by Roger Maris decided the contest. The towering drive into the right-field upper deck, close to the foul line, was the 11th of the season for Maris.


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