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  • 1931 - Records for catching fly balls are set in a doubleheader as the A’s beat the Tigers, 9 - 1 and 5 - 1. The Detroit outfielders make 24 putouts, and Philadelphia adds 19 for a 2-team total of 43 in the two games.
  • 1987 - One day after hitting three home runs in Oakland’s 13 - 3 rout of the Indians, A’s rookie 1B Mark McGwire hits two more in a 10 - 0 Oakland romp to tie the major-league record of five homers in two games. McGwire’s nine runs in two games ties an American League record set in 1937.

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