Phillies NotesCLEARWATER, Fla. - Righthander Brett Myers allowed four hits and two runs in three innings of work in a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians at Bright House Networks Field yesterday.
Myers struck out four.
"It's just a matter of being more comfortable with the mechanics," he said.
Surge in speed, confidenceVictorino stole second base in the first inning. He is crediting first-base coach Davey Lopes for a surge in confidence. Manager Charlie Manuel thinks Victorino could steal 30 bases this season. "I have to get five before I get 10. I have to get 10 before I get 15," Victorino cautioned.
Howard soldiers onRyan Howard didn't get the contract he wanted, but his frustrations weren't apparent during yesterday's exhibition game.
He made a nice catch in foul territory in the first inning during the victory before he crushed a solo home run to center field in the third inning. The ball not only carried over the berm seating area, it also traveled completely out of the park and almost landed in a pond outside the ballpark.
"That's my way of trying to get back locked in for the season," Howard said.
"So far, he's been tremendous," Manuel said. "I know how much he loves to play. I'm sure he looks at it and says, 'I'll just go out and keep hitting.' I don't really worry about Ryan in that aspect. I think [a big payday] is coming, too. He'll get his. I think it's in the near future."
Bet on it.
- Todd Zolecki