FORT MYERS, Fla. — Greetings from one of the outposts of the Grapefruit League. The Phillies have actually brought a few marquee players along for the 130-mile trip.
Ryan Howard will make his fifth start in five days. Charlie Manuel promised to play his first baseman with regularity, and so far he has held to that. Ben Revere is here to see his former teammates. Carlos Ruiz is catching.
But the most notable development has to be Domonic Brown batting third. It's hard to remember a time when Brown batted third in a Manuel lineup — spring or regular season.
Brown is 3 for 7 in Grapefruit League play with two home runs.
Chase Utley did not make the long trip, as planned. He was back in Clearwater, our Phil Sheridan says, taking batting practice with those who stayed behind.
Here is your daily skinny on the day's Grapefruit League action...
1. Ben Revere 8
2. Freddy Galvis 6
3. Domonic Brown 7
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Carlos Ruiz 2
6. John Mayberry Jr. 9
7. Kevin Frandsen 5
8. Yuniesky Betancourt 4
9. Pete Orr 0
Pitchers: John Lannan, Adam Morgan, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg and Justin De Fratus
1. Aaron Hicks 8
2. Jamey Carroll 4
3. Josh Willingham 7
4. Justin Morneau 0
5. Ryan Doumit 2
6. Trevor Plouffe 5
7. Chris Parmelee 9
8. Chris Colabello 3
9. Pedro Florimon 6
Pitchers: Kevin Correia, Jared Burton, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, P.J. Walters, Caleb Thielbar, Anthony Slama
First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: 1210 WPHT
Thursday: Braves at Phillies (TBA vs. Cole Hamels) in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.
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