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Top Performers of the Spring

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The Red Sox are nine games into spring training, and at at this point you can pretty much tell who's having a great spring, and who just isn't cutting it.

The hottest Sox this spring has been newly acquired Jay Payton, who is hitting .583 (7 hits, 12 at-bats). Payton's defense has been top-notch also, making some great catches.

Kevin Youkilis is making his case to stay in the big leagues with a .421 batting average (8/19). Youkilis has four RBI's but all of his eight hits have been singles.

David Ortiz has been the run producer so far. Ortiz is only batting .267 (4/15) but has three home runs (leads team) and eight runs batted-in (leads team). The only other batters to have multiple home runs are Manny Ramirez, Trot Nixon and Jeff Bailey.

On the pitching front, no one stands out right now as having a great spring. Matt Clement has a 3.60 ERA in five innings pitched. Mark Malaska wants a bullpen spot, and his scoreless four innings are helping his case. Lenny DiNardo also wants to make the big club, and has a 0.00 ERA in three innings pitched.