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Picking Up at Short

Wilson Valdez was great at shortstop during Jimmy Rollins' absence.

Picking Up at Short

Wilson Valdez proved to be a capable fill-in at shortstop with Jiimmy Rollins injured. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)
Wilson Valdez proved to be a capable fill-in at shortstop with Jiimmy Rollins injured. (Jeffrey Phelps/AP)

The Phillies went 13-5 during Jimmy Rollins' most resent absence from the lineup with a groin strain.

Although Michael Martinez picked up a handful of those starts, Wilson Valdez (who suffered his own hamstring injury Saturday) played most of the games in Rollins' absence and hit safely in 11 of his 13 starts.

Those offensive numbers for Valdez (shown fielding in a Sept. 7 game at left):

Starts 13
W-L 10-3
At-Bats 45
Runs 10
Hits 14
Doubles 4
Triples 1
Home Runs 1
Walks 2
Strikeouts 5
Batting Avg. .311
On-Base Pct.       .346
Slugging Pct. .511
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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