Beyond "BB" (base on balls) and "ERA" (earned run average), some baseball pitching abbreviations are less obvious. Today's Think Thursday mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge asks you to identify three pitcher-related abbreviations. Good luck!

Per Major League Baseball, identify the
meanings of these three abbreviations
used to designate pitching statistics:

AO
K
XBA

Here are the ANSWERS.

QUESTION:

Per Major League Baseball, identify the meanings of these three abbreviations used to designate pitching statistics:  AO, K, XBA.

ANSWERS:

AO stands for FLY OUTS (AO = air out, to avoid confusion with Foul Out)

K stands for STRIKEOUTS (K = striKeout, to avoid confusion with Save, Shutout, and other "S" terms)

XBA stands for EXTRA BASE HITS ALLOWED

Thanks for playing! Tomorrow, it's Free-for-All Friday.