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Padres Swinging Hot Bats

Padres appear to be in good shape just a couple of weeks into the exhibition season

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013  |  Updated 4:31 AM PDT
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Padres Swinging Hot Bats

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Catcher Nick Hundley is hoping for a bounce-back 2013 season

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Major League managers will tell you line scores don't matter much in March. Unlike the regular season, Cactus and Grapefruit League games are more about individual numbers than wins or losses. If that truly is the barometer, the Padres appear to be in good shape just a couple of weeks into the exhibition season.

2012 National League RBI leader Chase Headley has picked up where he left off last September. He's hitting .500 with 3-RBI this spring. Cameron Maybin, who hit only .243 last season is batting .357.

The biggest bright spots for manager Bud Black have to be the hitting of Kyle Blanks, Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko. Blanks, who has been injured the past two season has a robust .471 Cactus League batting average. Hundley had a disastrous 2012, hitting a paltry .157. This spring, knowing his chances are running out, is swinging at a .471 clip. Gyorko, who has hit at every level, already has three home runs, including a grand-slam in his first spring at bat.

While the sample size is small and pitchers aren't necessarily bringing their best stuff, hitting well in March is better than the alternative.

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