Strange But True feats of 2013

• What was so Strange But True about Matt Adams' two-homer game Sept. 14? Well, he neglected to hit any of those homers in the first 13 innings -- but then went deep in the 14th and 16th. So how many other men have ever thumped two home runs in a game in which they hit NO homers in the first 13 innings? Not a one. Of course.

• But I'm still not certain that Adams can top Mets outfielder Andrew Brown for back-to-back Strange But Trueness. The good news is, Brown hit home runs in two straight big league plate appearances. The bad news is, they came 40 days apart (thanks to a little detour to the minors in May and June). Last man to homer in consecutive trips that many days apart? Bo Jackson in 1990. Then again, Bo always did know Strange But Trueness.

The Five Strangest But Truest Injuries of the Year


• A's outfielder Michael Taylor, um, chewed up his chances of making the team this spring when he missed 11 days after gashing a finger on his throwing hand -- trying to throw away a piece of gum. (He smashed it on the dugout ceiling light.)

• Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti survived 718 appearances on a big league mound without ever visiting the disabled list with an arm injury -- but needed reconstructive elbow surgery this July after blowing out his elbow lifting a suitcase.

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• The Rangers had to shut down Elvis Andrus for two days this spring -- because of an inflamed tattoo.

• Brewers GM Doug Melvin thought he was performing a heroic act when he tried to scoop up a "bug" his wife spotted crawling across the floor of their spring training abode -- until he got stung by a scorpion and ended up in the emergency room.

• And you probably won't be hearing Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez yelling, "Check, please," any time soon. He sprained his knee in April -- checking his swing.

Strangest But Truest World Series Champs of the Year


The team that won the World Series -- those scraggly Boston Red Sox -- had quite the Strange But True saga of their own. Perhaps you noticed that.

• As recently as 2012, they won the same number of games as the Marlins (69). And had a worse run differential (minus-72) than the Mets (minus-59). And had a worse record in their hallowed home park (34-47) than the Astros (35-46). Pretty zany formula for winning the next World Series, don't you think?

• But in 2013, those same Red Sox turned themselves into the first team in the major leagues to win 90 games -- a year after they neglected to win 90 ALL SEASON. Hey, of course they did.

• Their unhittable closer, Koji Uehara, was a guy who started out the year pitching the SIXTH inning.

• Their World Series MVP, David Ortiz, was a guy who went 2-for-22 in the ALCS.

• Their fearsome lineup batted a combined .169 in the World Series – if you didn't count Ortiz, that is. (He hit .688.)

• The 7-8-9 spots in that fearsome lineup went 0-for-44 at one point in that World Series. Yep, 0-for-44.

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