Franklin Round-Up: April 22-28

Justin Upton

As the MLB season enters its second month and the weather begins to cooperate for several Midwest teams, two Franklin Pros aim for a return to the lineup. Carlos Ruiz, the veteran Phillies catcher made his season-debut after serving a 25-game suspension to start the year. Ruiz collected one hit in four at-bats against the Mets on Sunday and played all nine innings behind the plate.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers were excited to see third baseman Hanley Ramirez, taking part in game action for the first time this season since suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb during the World Baseball Classic. Ramirez played two-games this weekend for the Dodgers’ minor league club the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The All-Star power-hitter impressed Dodgers management recording three hits in six at-bats with three RBIs, one run scored and one double. Here’s a look at how other Franklin Pros fared last week:

* Justin Upton, Braves, OF: Upton continues his hot start to the 2013 season leading the MLB with 12 home runs. Over the Braves last six games Upton launched three home runs and collected five RBIs.

* Miguel Cabrera, Tigers, 3B: The Tigers' superstar ranks third in the MLB with a .375 batting average for the year. Cabrera recorded nine hits in five games with three doubles, one home run and eight RBIs for Detroit last week.

* Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox continue their torrid stretch going 6-0 last week with the trio of Franklin Pros posting big numbers at the plate. David Ortiz is destroying the ball collecting 11 hits in 23 at-bats over the week with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs. The Red Sox’ captain, Dustin Pedroia also had an impressive week at the plate with a .370/.452/.519 batting line. Finally the Red Sox’ young third basemen, Will Middlebrooks, recorded seven hits over six games with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.

* Howie Kendrick, Angels, 2B: Kendrick had an exciting week at the plate hitting .375/.423/.708 in seven games. On Tuesday last week Kendrick had two home runs against the Texas Rangers including an eleventh-inning walk-off blast sending the Angels faithful home with a win.

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