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U.S. Cellular always magical for Raburn

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CHICAGO -- Meet Ryan Raburn, perennial White Sox killer. With a pair of hits Thursday, Raburn raised his career average vs. Chicago to .303 in nearly 300 at-bats, a significant sample size. He's even better as a visiting player, putting up a slash line of .320/.371/.551 in 178 at-bats.

But unlike Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis, an Illinois native, Raburn can't point to why he has so much success against the Sox, and in particular, at U.S. Cellular field.

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CHICAGO -- Meet Ryan Raburn, perennial White Sox killer. With a pair of hits Thursday, Raburn raised his career average vs. Chicago to .303 in nearly 300 at-bats, a significant sample size. He's even better as a visiting player, putting up a slash line of .320/.371/.551 in 178 at-bats.

But unlike Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis, an Illinois native, Raburn can't point to why he has so much success against the Sox, and in particular, at U.S. Cellular field.

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"Man, if I had a clue to that, I'd be letting everybody else know that," Raburn said with a laugh. "Nah, it's just one of those places. I see the ball well here. I'm comfortable here. I think when you're confident and comfortable, you tend to have results."

The right-handed hitting Raburn has been in high demand in recent days, as the Indians faced a left-handed starter for the fourth consecutive game Friday night. It's a big reason why he's played so much against the White Sox dating back to his days with the Tigers.

Even when Raburn had a .171 average in 2012, his final year with the Tigers, he still scratched out a .238 average (5-for-21) at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Even the last year in Detroit, it was such a terrible year, even when we came here, I was still able to get some hits," he said. "It's just one of those places that's been good to me and hopefully continues to [be]."

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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