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  • 1971 - Oakland book ends solo homers to defeat the Red Sox, 2 - 1. Bert Campaneris leads off the game with a shot and, with two out in the 9th inning, Reggie Jackson ends the game with a homer.
  • 1989 - On a 96 mph fastball, A’s Rickey Henderson swings and misses to become Nolan Ryan’s career 5000th strikeout. The “Ryan Express” strikes out 13 and gives up only five hits, but loses the game to Oakland, 2 - 0.
  • 2012 - Oakland A’s P Bartolo Colon is suspended for 50 games for testing positive for testosterone, 8 days after Giants OF Melky Cabrera was also suspended for using the same performance-enhancing substance.

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