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MLB's Biggest Surprises of the First Quarter of the 2013 Season
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Shelby Miller and the Cardinals are fired up.

By the time this week's slate of games comes to an end, every team in baseball will have arrived at or passed the quarter mark of its regular-season schedule.

That in itself is a surprising fact, as it feels like the season only started a few weeks ago.

With roughly 25 percent of the 2013 regular season behind us, now is as good a time as any to take a look at the biggest surprises from early-season action—surprises of both the good and bad variety.

To give some perspective on what I believe constitutes an actual surprise and what doesn't, here are some examples: John Buck having hit more home runs than Prince Fielder is surprising; Chris Davis hitting for power and driving in runs is not. None of those players appear on the pages that follow.

With that in mind, let's take a look at which players (and teams) have forced us to stand up and take notice in 2013.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and current through the end of games on May 14.

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