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Cleveland Indians

Tribe offense mostly a no-show

By Sheldon Ocker Published: March 25, 2012

GOODYEAR, Ariz.: The Indians' attack has lagged for most of the spring, and it was no different Sunday in a 6-2 loss to the Cubs at Goodyear Ballpark.

The Tribe ranks 12th among American League teams in runs (96) and in batting average (.250).

"The thing I take out of this is that the worst (recent) Cleveland Indians offense in spring training was in 2007,'' manager Manny Acta said. "That's my consolation.'' 

That's the last year the Indians were in the playoffs.  

Only Travis Hafner got two hits on Sunday, a double and single to raise his average to .353. Other Tribe batsmen doing reasonably well at the plate include Shin-Soo Choo (.300), Casey Kotchman (.296) and Michael Brantley (.280).

Shelley Duncan is batting only .235, but he is tied for second among AL batters in homers with five and tied for fourth in RBI with 15.

 

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