DUNEDIN, Fla. — For Ryan Howard, it was yet another day of activity. He has started all eight Grapefruit League games and will do it again Sunday for the ninth time in nine days.
He marked his eighth game with an opposite-field blast off Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. It was aided by strong winds that demonized pitchers all day.
"Howard is getting there," Manuel said.
Howard is hitting .429 (9 for 21) with five extra-base hits this spring.
Darin Ruf was nowhere to be found in Saturday's boxscore. He has not played in the field since Thursday, when he botched a single into a three bases.
Manuel said Friday Ruf was pressing and needed a break. He will play again Sunday, although Manuel did not say whether it would be as left fielder or designated hitter.
Ruf is 3 for 16 in spring play with one double.
The Phillies have their lone split-squad day of the spring Sunday. Manuel will manage the team in Clearwater that faces Toronto. Aaron Cook starts that game. Another group will head to Sarasota to see the Orioles. That game will be started by Kyle Kendrick.
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