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  • 1974 — Oakland’s Reggie Jackson and Billy North engage in a clubhouse fight at Detroit. Jackson injures his shoulder, and Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the combatants, suffers a crushed disk in his neck. Fosse will spend 12 weeks on the disabled list, virtually ending his season.
  • 2015 — Pat Venditte becomes the first ambidextrous pitcher of the 21st century when he makes his debut for the Athletics against the Red Sox. In the 7th inning, he pitches lefthanded to get Brock Holt to ground out for the first out, then switches to the right hand to allow a single to Hanley Ramirez and force Mike Napoli to ground into a double play to end the inning, then follows with a perfect 8th inning. However, the Sox’s 4 - 2 win is marred when a female fan is hit by Brett Lawrie’s broken bat in the 2nd inning and has to be wheeled away from Fenway Park on a stretcher with what are described by police as life-threatening injuries.

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