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Elephant Rumblings: A’s lose heartbreaker in Anaheim; MLB Draft concludes

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MLB: Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1918 — Casey Stengel, after being traded by the Brooklyn Robins in the offseason, makes his return to Ebbets Field a memorable one. In his first at-bat, Stengel calls time, steps out of the batter’s box and doffs his cap. A bird flows out and the fans break into laughter.
  • 2013 — The Astros take Stanford University pitcher Mark Appel with the first overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft; Appel was a first-round selection in the 2012 draft, by the Pirates, but failed to come to terms. The Cubs follow by taking third baseman Kris Bryant from the University of San Diego. 15 of the top 20 picks are spent on pitchers.

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