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Hubbard's Emergence Sparks Timber Rattlers

APPLETON, Wisc. - The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers started the 2005 season much as everyone had expected. They were hitting for both power and average, their pitching was efficient at worst, their defense was stingy; but more importantly, they were winning games. A month-long team-wide slump had dropped the Rattlers out of first place, and questions began to arise. Who would pull the team out of their struggles? Who would put the team on their back and get them turned around?

The answers came; one from a predicted source, but the other from a slightly surprising spot. The return of infielder Asdrubal Cabrera was a forecasted lift, as he provided a switch-hitting bat that jump-started the faltering Rattler offense. But arguably the biggest help has been the emergence of hot-hitting first baseman Marshall Hubbard. Hubbard's onslaught truly came as something of a...

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