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Elephant Rumblings: Top free agent Gerrit Cole signs with Yankees for $324 million

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  • 1884 — The American Association votes to keep its ban on overhand pitching and to continue to allow fouls caught on one bounce to count as outs. It does abolish the tradition of team captains flipping for the honor of batting first. Now the home team will automatically bat first.
  • 1987 — The A’s obtain Jesse Orosco from the Mets and then trade the southpaw reliever along with shortstop Alfredo Griffin and right-hander Jay Howell to the Dodgers for pitchers Matt Young, Bob Welch and Jack Savage. New York gets Savage as well as right-handed hurlers Wally Whitehurst and Kevin Tapani from Oakland to complete the three-team, eight-player deal.

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