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Hot As Chooch

Once again, Chooch is hot in August.

Hot As Chooch

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

With four hits Sunday and two more Monday (including a homer), Carlos Ruiz is once again making the month of August his own. He is hitting .340 this month (16-47), while the rest of the Phillies are hitting .199 (101-507).

Since 2009, Ruiz' line in August reads .311/.369/.489 ... And in 39 August games dating back to Aug. 29, 2010, he is hitting .331.

 

 CARLOS RUIZ' AUGUST STATISTIC (Thru 8/19/13)
 Year      G    AB    R      H  2B  HR  RBI    Avg  .  OBA    Slg.
 2007    18      56      8      16      5      1    10  .286  .394  .500  
 2008    19    46    9    11    2    1    2  .239  .364  .348
 2009    20    59  11    18    6    3  11  .305  .391  .559
 2010    26    84  11    25    5    3  17  .298  .372  .488
 2011    20    70    9    23    4    1    6  .329  .365  .429
 2012      1      4    0      0    0    0    0  .000  .000  .000
 2013    15    47    5    16    3    2    4  .340  .367  .532
 Totals    119  366  53  109  25  11  50  .298  .372  .473
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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