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Sunday Baseball Notes

2013: A baseball odyssey

Tigers pitchers struck out a record 1,428 batters this season. Astros hitters whiffed a record 1,535 times. Neither team disappointed when they played seven times this season: Astros batters fanned 76 times, an average of 10.9 per game, the high being 18 in the first meeting, the low being six a night later. Some of the other more esoteric records, milestones, and oddities in 2013:

At 21, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado became the youngest player to have 125 hits before the All-Star break, finishing wtih 128.

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Dan Haren became the 13th pitcher to beat all 30 major league teams in a win over the Phillies on Aug. 9. Also on the list: Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, and Vicente Padilla.

The Nationals’ Bryce Harper became just the second player to begin his career with back-to-back 20-homer seasons before turning 21, joining the Red Sox’ Tony Conigliao (1964-65).

John Buck became the third catcher to hit nine homers in April, tying the mark held by Charles Johnson and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Buck hit six more the rest of the season.

Reds speedster Billy Hamilton stole a base in each of his first four major league games, all without a plate appearance.

The A’s Bartolo Colon won his first seven starts after turning 40 on May 24, a first in baseball history.

The Mariners’ Raul Ibanez hit 29 homers, tying Ted Williams for most in a season by a 41-year-old.

The Rays’ Alex Cobb struck out 13 Padres in 4 innings on May 10, the most strikeouts ever by a pitcher who didn’t get through the fifth inning.

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