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Elephant Rumblings: A’s shut out Red Sox again; more extensions across MLB

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Boston Red Sox v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1987 - The Chicago Cubs trade starting pitcher Dennis Eckersley to the Oakland Athletics for three minor leaguers. Eckersley will emerge as the game’s dominant closer, saving 291 games over the next eight seasons.
  • 1989 - Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners makes his major league debut. The rookie outfielder hits a double in his first at-bat against Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics.

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