When the Athletics roused themselves from their early-season slumber, not to mention an 8-1 deficit, to defeat the White Sox 12-11 last Friday, they added to what has been a steady supply of late-game comebacks in the major leagues this season. Oakland's recovery was the fourth this year in which the eventual winning team trailed by six or more runs in the sixth inning or later. Here are the line scores for those four games.

Here are the full-season totals for comebacks of that magnitude in the majors in the last five years: 1988, two; 1989, four; 1990, three; 1991, one; 1992, five.

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April 26

Giants

022

202

000

0

-8

Phillies

000

003

410

1

-9

May 7

Yankees

002

004

000

000

-6

Tigers

000

000

240

001

-7

May 8

Braves

000

000

062

-8

Rockies

200

000

401

-7

May 21

Athletics

010

001

253

-12

White Sox

041

030

210

-11

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)