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Elephant Rumblings: A’s say goodbye to Felix Hernandez

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1973 — The Angels’ Nolan Ryan fans 16 in 11 innings, beating the Twins, 5 - 4. The final strikeout victim, Rich Reese, is the 383rd of the season for Ryan, enabling him to surpass the major-league record set by Sandy Koufax in 1965. Ryan opts to skip his next start on the 30th, thus passing on a shot at 400 K’s.
  • 1998 — Padres reliever Trevor Hoffman ties the National League saves record as he gets three straight outs in a 3 - 2 victory over Arizona. His 53rd save (out of 54 chances) matches the standard set by current teammate Randy Myers, who did it for the Cubs in 1993.

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