Some bravado? Charlie likes it

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- No doubt Jimmy Rollins knew what he said would be plastered on headlines everywhere Sunday. (Hey, we may be dummies, but when a story like that smacks you in the face, it's hard to mess it up.)

Charlie Manuel heard it too, and he was fine with the statement. Rollins says the Phillies' goal should be to break the record of 116 wins, held by the 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners.

"That's good," Manuel said. "If Jimmy says we can win 116, that's good."

Manuel has never been upset with Rollins' bravado. Actually, he probably encourages it.

"One year when he was popping off, we won," Manuel said. "So, pop off, it might be good."

LIVE BP. Another mile marker day is Monday, when hitters will face live pitching for the first time all spring. But it's nothing too serious. Many hitters will not swing at the pitches. (Although there's always an eager rookie who takes some hacks like Domonic Brown did against Roy Halladay last spring.)

Pitching coach Rich Dubee has not yet announced a starter for the first exhibition game, Thursday against Florida State. Usually, a younger pitcher starts the game. The guess here is either Drew Naylor or J.C. Ramirez gets the call.


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