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March 4 2007

Ryan Howard may be unhappy with his new contract.

Charlie Manuel talks about the Philadelphia media in this article.

The Phils beat the Red Sox 12-9 in ten innings yesterday to improve to 2-1 in spring action.

The Phillies starting lineup saw Greg Dobbs at third, Nunez at short and Coste behind the plate.  Despite his defensive problems, I think we're likey to see Coste behind the plate this season far more than a typical third catcher.

Dobbs continued his amazing start to spring training, going 4-for-5 with another home run, a triple and four RBI.  Coste was 0-for-3.  Not including the home run he hit in the exhibition game with Florida State, Dobbs now has as many home runs in spring training this year as he does in his 222 career at-bats (2).

Howard was 1-for-3 with a two-run double.  Rowand was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Michael Bourn, who seemingly has virtually no chance to make the team, went 3-for-5 with a triple, a walk and two RBI.  In addition to the much-talked about chemistry problems a Rowand trade would create, the Phillies also may be concerned about what would happen if they dealt Rowand and Victorino got hurt.  You have to wonder if a nice spring by Bourn or some of the bazillion other Bourn-like options in center would make them feel a bit more comfortable about their depth at the position.  They still don't help their offense if they trade Rowand and end up with worse production in right field than they would have gotten from Rowand in center -- at this point I don't think you can say for sure that Werth and Garcia will create more offense than Rowand this season.

Adam Eaton was fantastic in his first action with the Phils.  He went three innings, allowing a single run on one hit, a solo home run to Brandon Moss.  He struck out two.  Geary followed Eaton and was hit hard, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning.  Brian Mazone gave up a three-run homer to Mike Lowell in his first inning but followed it up with two scoreless frames.  The Red Sox loaded the bases against Matt Smith in the bottom of the eighth, but Smith got out of the inning with a double-play ball.  Jeff Farnsworth was hit hard in the ninth, allowing three runs.  Joe Bisenius set Boston down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the tenth.

The Phillies play the Yankees this afternoon.

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