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Spring Training: 2/25

One of last year's 40 home run hitters will miss the next ten weeks of action, and one superstar on the comeback trail had a terrific game.

Spring Player Outlook: Ryan Raburn

Stat Line: 3 HR, 5 RBI, .800 AVG, 0 SB.

Ryan Raburn signed a minor league deal with the Indians this offseason, but he isn't showing it. After just three games, he has four hits in five at bats, as well as three home runs.  This is in stark contrast to his 2012 season, where he hit just one home run and batted .171 in 66 games.  Of course, that season itself was in turn in stark contrast to his 2009-2011, where he averaged 15 home runs per season and batted .274.  Raburn, who has played everywhere on the diamond but catcher, pitcher, and shortstop at some point in his major league career, is looking to make the team any way he can.  Teammate Nick Swisher, a high profile signing, wore Raburn's jersey around the clubhouse yesterday in hopes that some of Raburn's offensive outburst will rub off on him.  Still, Raburn has some serious work to do to make the team, as the Indians have also acquired Mike Aviles, Yan Gomes, Mark Reynolds, Drew Stubbs, and Ben Francisco as well as Swisher and Raburn to power the offense.  

News

Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and broke his forearm.  He will miss about ten weeks, which puts him on track for an early May return.

In the Nationals' 2-2 tie against the Marlins, Nats prospect Anthony Rendon hit his first home run of the spring.

Game Scores: SS=Split Squad

Nationals (0-1) tied the Marlins (1-0) 2-2 (10 innings).

Red Sox (1-1) beat the Cardinals (0-2) 5-3.

Blue Jays (SS, 2-1) beat the Yankees (1-1) 2-0.

Phillies (0-1) tied the Tigers (1-1) 5-5 (10 innings).

Rays (2-1) beat the Twins (0-2) 10-7 (10 innings).

Dodgers (0-1) tied the White Sox (1-0) 2-2.

Cubs (2-0) beat the Giants (1-1) 4-3.

Top Scorer: Rays beat the Twins 10-7 (10 innings).

Standings

Grapefruit (Florida) League: Top: Orioles and Pirates (2-0, 1.000 WPCT).  Bottom: Braves (0-3, .000).

Cactus (Arizona) League: Top: Indians (4-0, 1.000).  Bottom: Reds and Angels (0-3, .000).

Nationals: 0-1, .000, t-11th in Grapefruit League

Spring Leaders

Offensive: AVG: Collin Cowgill (Mets), 1.000 (3-3).  Home runs: Ryan Raburn (Indians), 3.  RBI: Jedd Gyorko (Padres), 6.  Stolen bases: Collin Cowgill and Shawn O'Malley (Rays), 2.

Pitching: Wins: 31 tied with 1.  K's: Dylan Axelrod (White Sox) and Patrick Corbin (D-Backs), 4.  ERA: Dylan Axelrod, Jeff Locke (Pirates), Rodrigo Lopez (Phillies), and Yunesky Maya (Nationals), 0.00 (3 shutout innings).  Saves: 17 tied with 1.

Top Performers

Offensive: Victor Martinez (Tigers): 3-3, home run (1), RBI, 2 runs, AVG up .321 from .250 to .571, hitting streak to 2 games (4-5, .800 AVG).

Pitching: Rodrigo Lopez (Phillies): No decision, 3 shutout innings, 1 hit, no walks, 3 K's (3), ERA drop: -.-- runs from -.-- to 0.00.

Worst Pitching Performance: Jim Patterson (Rays): 0.2 innings, 5 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, 0 K's, ERA jump: -.-- runs from -.-- to 67.50.

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Teams followed in this update: Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers

If your team is not included, please leave a comment.

HR: home runs.  RBI: runs batted in.  AVG: batting average.  SB: stolen bases.  ERA: earned run average. WHIP: walks/hits per innings pitched.  K's: strikeouts. WPCT: winning percentage

Zack Silverman

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