1961 Game 96: Washington Senators (42-53) @ Minnesota Twins (40-55)

Tuesday July 25, 1961

Senators 2, Twins 1

The last time Dick Donovan and Jack Kralick opposed each other on the mound, Kralick knocked the only run in as part of a 1-0 Twins’ win. This time, the roles were reversed. Both pitchers held the opposition off balance, but it was Donovan who used his bat to succeed where his teammates struggled.

With the game scoreless in the top of the third inning, Donovan sent a home run to deep right field. It was his first of the season. Later in the inning, the Nats added another on a Gene Woodling ground out that followed consecutive singles by Marty Keough and Bob Johnson. Washington had a 2-0 lead.

The Twins were able to get to Donovan just once, on a Bob Allison RBI double in the fourth. The rest of the game was all pitching, and the Twins dropped another to the expansion Senators.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
New York Yankees                96   62   33    1  .653     -   529  392
Detroit Tigers                  99   63   35    1  .643   0.5   542  428
Baltimore Orioles               98   52   45    1  .536  11.0   423  407
Cleveland Indians               99   53   46    0  .535  11.0   472  447
Chicago White Sox               99   50   49    0  .505  14.0   475  462
Boston Red Sox                 100   45   54    1  .455  19.0   450  517
Washington Senators             96   43   53    0  .448  19.5   401  457
Los Angeles Angels              99   43   55    1  .439  20.5   449  453
Minnesota Twins                 96   40   56    0  .417  22.5   432  491
Kansas City Athletics           96   35   60    1  .368  27.0   419  538
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