Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/18/12
Editor's note: The temperature gauge is a Bill James-created statistic that measures how hot or cold hitters are. We will spotlight Red Sox and opposing team temperatures on game days. Carlos Ruiz's expertise behind the plate is invaluable to the Phillies, but it's his bat that's making headlines this season. Ruiz enters Friday's series opener against the Red Sox with a .363 average -- the third-best mark in the National League. That impressive figure accompanies seven home runs and 27 RBIs, both of which are healthy numbers to start the season. Ruiz feasted on Cubs pitching during Philadelphia's last series...

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