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Raburn starts after cramping the day before

CLEVELAND -- With the Indians facing a left-hander on Friday in Rays starter Matt Moore, Tribe manager Terry Francona wanted to make sure right-handed hitting Ryan Raburn was ready to start.

That's why he sent Drew Stubbs out to right field for the fifth inning of Thursday's win over Cincinnati to replace Raburn, who was overcome with "miserable" cramping in his calf. A similar discomfort plagued Raburn last week, but he said it's not a pain he's used to feeling.

"That's why it's kind of weird right now," Raburn said after the game. "[We're] just trying to deal with it and get it taken care of."

Raburn was penciled into the eighth spot in the lineup on Friday, playing left field. A night earlier, he drilled an RBI double and scored in the Tribe's seven-run fourth inning against Cincinnati.

Raburn went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the 9-2 loss that went deep into Saturday morning.

In 32 games, Raburn is hitting .296 (29-for-98) with eight doubles, five homers and 16 RBIs. Against left-handers, the veteran was batting .308 (12-for-39) with one homer and four RBIs entering Friday.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for
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