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This Day in A's History, May 14

The Oakland A's are 17-21 on May 14.

1968: In his first start after throwing a perfect game, Catfish Hunter faces Minnesota again, with decidedly different results (well, at least as far as his pitching line is concerned). Five of the first six Twins reach base: homerun, walk, homerun, walk, (flyout), homerun. But Hunter (6 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 4 HR) sticks around long enough to "earn" the victory, as the A's storm back to win, 13-8.

1971: Trailing 3-0 after eight innings, the A's take advantage of four walks in the ninth to stun Kansas City, 5-3.

1973: A 3-run, first-inning homerun by Reggie Jackson is all the support Ken Holtzman needs in a 5-1 complete-game effort. Ray Fosse adds a solo shot in the seventh for good measure, and Jackson closes out the scoring with a sac fly in the eighth.

Reggie

1974: Gaylen Pitt only played 28 games in the big leagues. He drove in a total of four runs. But on this day he collects half of those RBI's, including a run-scoring double in the tenth as the A's walk off with a 2-1 win, and split a double-header with the Royals.

1985: After eight straight defeats on May 14, the A's break through with a 6-3 victory, thanks to another five-run ninth (as they had done in 1971), this time in Milwaukee.

1986: Back-to-back homeruns by Jose Canseco and Dave Kingman key a five-run seventh as the A's beat the Blue Jays, 9-4.

1988: Bob Welch tosses a complete-game shutout - Oakland's only one on this date - and homeruns by Mark McGwire and Dave Parker spark an 8-0 win in Baltimore, as the A's improve to a league-best 25-10.

1997: The Bash Brothers reach back to the days of yore in a 7-4 beating of the Brewers. Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire both go deep (the former does so twice), and Matt Stairs adds a pair of homreuns to lead an 11-hit attack.

Jose-Mac

2006: Dan Haren goes the distance in a dominating Mother's Day performance at Yankee Stadium. Mark Kotsay's two-run homer in the first kick-starts a 6-1 win for the eventual AL West champions.

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