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More position players pitching: Indians use Ryan Raburn and David Murphy in relief

Position players Raburn, Murphy pitch in CLE

Life's a bit of a grind: there are bills and appointments and obligations and chores and not enough time for the finer things of this vale. So, it's often the little things that provide a brief break from the numbing routine: finding five dollars in your pocket, getting all green lights on your way home from work, getting to watch fielders pretend that they're pitchers ...

For the fourth -- and fifth -- times in the last two days, an MLB team turned the ball over to a position player for a relief pitching appearance. The Cubs were up big on the Indians, thanks in part to Kyle Schwarber's first three big league hits, when Tribe manager Terry Francona called on Ryan Raburn, who started the game as the team's DH.


This wasn't Raburn's first rodeo. The utility man took the hill for the Indians back in 2013 and threw a perfect frame, striking out Tigers infielder Matt Tuiasosopo in the process. Raburn wasn't as successful on Wednesday, so Tito was forced to make a call to left field.

That's right, he brought in David Murphy ... who promptly surrendered a grand slam to Kris Bryant.

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Welp, maybe that's why they're position players.

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