FACTS/ FLUKES: Ludwick, Alvarez, Niese, Martin, Samardzija

Ludwick resets the bar   ... Coming off two years of decline, Ryan Ludwick (OF, CIN) revived his career with the Reds in 2012, delivering a .275-26-80 stat line. That's not bad for someone who was an afterthought at most draft tables last spring. Now, with a new two-year, $15-million contract, there are again expectations for the 34-year-old outfielder. Can he fulfill them?

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