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Elephant Rumblings: A’s finale against Tigers stalled by rain; head to Cleveland

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  • 1945 — One-armed outfielder Pete Gray of the St. Louis Browns enjoys an incredible day against the New York Yankees. Gray makes three outstanding catches, collects four hits with two RBI, and scores the game-winning run during a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees.
  • 1988 — Mike Schmidt belts the 535th home run of his career during 1st inning at San Diego, CA off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andy Hawkins, moving Schmidt past Jimmy Foxx into sole possession of 8th place on the all-time home run list.
  • 2006 — Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hits a home run in an interleague game against the Oakland Athletics, tying his home run count with that of Babe Ruth at 714. The ball is hit at the McAfee Coliseum against pitcher Brad Halsey, a left-hander. Because of interleague play, Bonds is the designated hitter rather than his normal spot in the outfield.

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