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Getting Ready for the Season

Jusitn Upton
As Spring training comes to an end and managers finalize their opening day rosters, their players are gearing up for the start of a new season. The 2013 MLB year opens as the Rangers square off against the Astros on Sunday evening. The rest of the MLB open their seasons on Monday, April 1. As an exciting spring training comes to an end let’s look back at how Franklin's finest performed at the plate as they prepared for the season.

Last week, Miguel Cabrera suffered a small orbital fracture below his right eye yet remains confident he will be ready to go when the Tigers open their season on Monday, April 1 in Minnesota. Cabrera collected 11 hits, belting four home runs and driving in 13 runs for the Tigers this spring.

Josh Hamilton is slowly becoming comfortable with his new surroundings as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The five-time All-Star has recorded 13 hits with two home runs and 10 RBI throughout spring training.

This time last year, Cincinnati Reds first baseman, Joey Votto, was working on signing a 12-year extension to stay in Cincinnati. Without a contract to occupy his thoughts, the slugger put together an impressive spring this year recording a batting line of .359/.468/.641 with 14 hits, three home runs and 10 RBI.

Yadier Molina had an exciting spring; the decorated catcher nearly added another championship to his trophy case as his Puerto Rico team finished second to the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic. With the Cardinals this spring, Molina has also impressed posting a batting line of .444/.500/.556.

Justin Upton joined his older brother in Atlanta this offseason and is poised for a big year at the plate. Through 22 spring training games with the Braves, Upton had five home runs and 18 RBI hitting .295.

The captain of the White Sox since 2006, Paul Konerko has established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game and at age 37 there is no sign of him slowing down. This spring training Konerko has recorded a batting line of .364/.407/.673 tallying 5 home runs and 12 RBI.


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