Strange But True feats of 2013

Carlos Gonzalez
Gonzalez

• From Neal Kendrick: So who do you think led all National League hitters (with 200-plus PA) in road OPS this year? It was Carlos (Don't Call Me A Coors Field Creation) Gonzalez. Who else?

• From Jay Virshbo: Jonny Gomes pulled off an unassisted double play July 31. Which was pretty cool, considering he was playing left field! In the 15th inning! Gomes made a diving catch of a Michael Saunders line drive. He then stopped to tag second on the way to the dugout, doubling Raul Ibanez. Voila!

• From Diane Firstman: When Jason Castro caught Jarred Cosart in Houston, they made anagram history, if not baseball history -- joining Matt Nokes and Randy Nosek as the only catcher-pitcher anagram duos ever to mess with both the alphabet and the box scores.

• From Doug Hughes: Billy Hamilton finished second on the Reds in stolen bases (with 13) -- in a season in which he only got 22 big-league plate appearances.

• From Steve Sirk: Justin Masterson won two complete-game 1-0 games. The run scored in the first inning in one of them -- and the ninth inning in the other.

• From Jason Cloutier: In their last regular-season game of the season, the Red Sox scored 20 runs against the Tigers in one game. When they met again in the ALCS, the Red Sox scored 19 runs in the whole series -- and still won it in six.

• From Eric Longenhagen: Finally, what did the winning pitcher ( Greg Smith) in an April 10 International League game between Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley have in common with the pitcher who saved that win for him (Luis Garcia)? Correct answer: Neither of them even had a job in that league that day. So how'd that happen? The game got suspended, was finished in July, and all records reverted back to the day it started. Fortunately, Smith and Garcia both signed deals with Lehigh Valley in between. Proving once again that nothing in baseball is stranger than suspended animation.

Strangest But Truest Cy Young Feats of the Year


• Both defending Cy Youngs ( R.A. Dickey and David Price) somehow lost 13-0 games on the same day (April 7). No kidding.

Aaron Harang
Harang

• A pitcher who got released by the Mariners ( Aaron Harang) threw as many shutouts (two) as the two Cy Young Award winners -- Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer -- put together. Hey, of course he did.

• Scherzer may have won the Cy Young -- but he didn't even lead his own team in ERA (because Anibal Sanchez did).

• And if you're ever looking for a lovely set of bookends, you might want to ask Kershaw to carve them for you. He finished the season by winning the Cy Young. He started it by hitting the Dodgers' first home run of the season (a tiebreaking, eighth-inning bomb on Opening Day). And bookends don't get much lovelier than that. Do they?

Strangest But Truest Brother Acts of the Year


Colby Rasmus earned some serious family trash-talking capital May 28, when he hit a double off his little brother, Cory. Colby was only the ninth man in big league history to even come to bat against his brother.

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