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McAdam: Mookie Betts makes even a loss interesting with first Red Sox cycle in three years

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TORONTO -- Cycles, like no-hitters, can be funny things.

They're both rare. And they both come from the unlikeliest sources at times.

So, yes, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax both threw multiple no-hitters, which makes sense. Then again, so did Bob Forsch and Homer Bailey, which makes no sense at all. And Roger Clemens never threw one, never mind two. Go figure.

The same goes for cycles. Sure, in Red Sox history, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski each had one, as did fellow Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr (twice), Joe Cronin and Tris Speaker. But so did Scott Cooper and Rich Gedman.

See how unpredictable they can be?