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Elephant Rumblings: A’s magic number at 5 entering final week

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Tampa Bay Rays v. Oakland Athletics
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  • 1931 — Lefty Grove wins his 31st, beating the Red Sox, 9 - 4, his 11th straight win over the Red Sox stretching back to May 26, 1930. Since July 25th of that year, Grove’s record is 46-4, the best 50-decision streak in the century.
  • 2014 — Twins pitcher Phil Hughes sets a record for the best K/W ratio in history in his final start of the year. He walks none and strikes out 5 over 8 innings in a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks to finish with 186 Ks and only 16 free passes. His ratio of 11.63 tops the previous record of 11.00 set by Bret Saberhagen in 1994. However, a 66-minute rain delay in the top of the 9th proves literally costly as he ends the season with 209 2/3 innings pitched; he would have earned an additional $500,000 bonus for reaching 210 innings.

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