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Elephant Rumblings: A’s head to Detroit in desperate need of a rebound

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1965 — Oriole teenager Jim Palmer picks up his first major league win, topping the Yankees, 7 - 5. Palmer also bangs his first major league homer, a two-run drive off Jim Bouton, to give himself the victory margin.
  • 1984 — The Orioles release veteran pitcher Jim Palmer, who is 0-3 with a 9.17 ERA this season. Palmer is asked to retire and accept a job with the organization, but he declines, hoping in vain to find a roster spot on another major league team.
  • 1986 — A’s infielder Tony Phillips goes 5 for 5, hits for the cycle and drives in four runs as Oakland beats Baltimore, 8 - 4.

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