CLEARWATER, Fla. — During early morning batting practice on a back field at the Carpenter Complex, Domonic Brown launched a deep fly. It was headed toward a players' parking lot and everyone knew it. The loud thud was heard from home plate. So was the car alarm.
Brown had struck Jose Contreras' big truck with a home-run ball.
"You park your truck over there," Charlie Manuel said, "you have a pretty good chance of getting hit."
Baseball karma caught Brown later when he was hit by a pitch in his first spring plate appearance. He was plunked near the right wrist, but no damage was done. Of course, Brown's spring ended last year when he fractured a bone in his right hand.
"I wasn't thinking about it," Brown said. "I knew it wasn't serious."
Brown was 0 for 1 with a stolen base. He easily handled a few chances in left field.
>>> In addition to Austin Hyatt's two scoreless frames, six other Phillies pitchers — Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, Phillipe Aumont and B.J. Rosenberg — tossed scoreless innings Wednesday. The lone run was surrendered by J.C. Ramirez, who actually earned the win.
>>> Florida State senior righthander Adam Simmons struck out future Hall of Famer Jim Thome in his first at-bat of the spring.
>>> The Phillies were held scoreless until the sixth when Scott Podsednik reached on an infield single with the bases loaded.
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