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Grape 14: Phillies at Rays

Darin Ruf had his second two-hit game of the spring Thursday. His hitting is not what has concerned Phillies officials. On Friday, he will return to left field, where the true test lies.

Grape 14: Phillies at Rays

Darin Ruf catches the baseball during spring training drills in Clearwater, FL on Saturday, February 16, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Darin Ruf catches the baseball during spring training drills in Clearwater, FL on Saturday, February 16, 2013. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Darin Ruf had his second two-hit game of the spring Thursday. His hitting is not what has concerned Phillies officials.

"Hopefully that gets him going," Charlie Manuel said. "Ruf is a good hitter. I don't worry about him going 3 for 30 or something. He might be trying a little hard. At the same time, he's all right."

Ruf is 5 for 27 with two doubles in Grapefruit League play.

On Friday, he will return to left field, where the true test lies. Ruf has looked shaky, at best, in left. He has not played there since Tuesday. He was the first position player on the field Thursday morning with minor-league outfield coordinator Andy Abad.

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Abad instructed Ruf on how to better read balls hit to the left-center gap. Then Abad threw — not hit — him some fly balls to catch.

Here is your skinny on the day's Grapefruit League action...

PHILLIES (6-6-1)
1. Freddy Galvis 6
2. Kevin Frandsen 4
3. Michael Young 5
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. John Mayberry Jr. 3
6. Darin Ruf 7
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. Josh Fields 0
9. Michael Martinez 8

Pitchers: Kyle Kendrick, Mike Adams, Mike Stutes, Aaron Cook

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: None

Saturday: Rays at Phillies (Jeff Niemann vs. John Lannan) in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.


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