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Game rained out

Game rained out
WASHINGTON - The Phillies' clubhouse was quiet yesterday afternoon, two days after the team lost its longtime broadcaster Harry Kalas to heart disease. After a win Monday and an off-day Tuesday, many Phillies remained saddened yesterday in the hours before their game against the Washington Nationals was postponed because of rain.Manager Charlie Manuel said that his players were shaken by the loss."They really liked Harry," he said. "They probably liked him more than they'll ever know, really, because everything the other day was absolutely quiet. Everything that happened during the game, they congratulated guys when they did something, but there wasn't very much noise.

They just kind of sat right down, and you could tell that things weren't going real good."As the sadness extended into yesterday, the team announced details of tomorrow night's tribute to the Hall of Fame broadcaster. The 7:05 game against the San Diego Padres will be the first at Citizens Bank Park since Kalas' death at age 73.Kalas' sons Todd, Brad and Kane will throw out the ceremonial first pitches, and Kane will sing the national anthem. The first half-inning of the television showing on Comcast Network Philadelphia will feature no commentary, an extended moment of silence for the late announcer. All in attendance will receive an 8-by-10 color photograph of Kalas, and during the seventh-inning stretch, a video of the Philadelphia icon singing "High Hopes," his signature song, will be shown at the stadium.The team also will commemorate Kalas in several lasting ways. The television booth will be named the Harry Kalas Broadcast Booth, joining the radio booth, already named the Richie "Whitey" Ashburn Broadcast Booth. Kalas' signature will be displayed on the field during the seven-game homestand beginning tomorrow. Also during the homestand, a black drape will hang in front of the Phillies' radio and television booths, and the Phillies' flag in Ashburn Alley will be at half-staff.A circular "HK" patch has been sewn onto the front of the Phillies' jerseys and will remain there for the entire season. Manuel was impressed by the patch. "I think it's great," he said. "I think for us to wear it all season, it's definitely an honor for him, and it shows our appreciation and how much we liked him."Before the game was rained out, the manager sat in his office in the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park and reflected on Kalas' impact. "Harry had a way about him, his voice controlled your interest," Manuel said. "It didn't really matter what he was saying. When he talked, his voice, it would kind of attract you. . . . I just liked to hear him."I used to watch NFL Scoreboard [an NFL Films program on HBO] just because of Harry. It wasn't because I needed to know the scores, I just wanted to hear him. If I had something to do, I would stay in my house until he came on. After he was over, then I'd do whatever I had to do. . . . It wasn't that I wanted to see the show, I just wanted to hear him, his voice."One of the day's only moments of levity came when Manuel compared Kalas to another Phillies icon. "Harry was very popular," he said. "He was big-time. He was" - and here the manager allowed himself a broad smile and laugh - "bigger than the Phanatic."Ruiz progresses. Catcher Carlos Ruiz resumed light exercise on a stationary bicycle Sunday but is still expected to miss two weeks as he recovers from a strained muscle in his right side.Ruiz was hurt in Friday's game in Colorado. He said he still felt pain in his lower rib cage, particularly when he laughed or sneezed, although he had noticed improvement this week. His Phillies teammates tried unsuccessfully to aggravate the injury on the flight from Denver to Washington on Sunday."They started to joke around and I said, 'Hey, stop,' " Ruiz said.Lou Marson was recalled from triple A to replace Ruiz on the roster and was in yesterday's lineup to catch Joe Blanton. He is likely to catch Blanton tonight. Extra bases. No makeup date for the rainout was immediately announced. The Phillies' rotation will simply resume today with Blanton - scheduled as last night's starter - on the mound. Cole Hamels will start tomorrow's game.Contact staff writer Andy Martino at 215-854-4874 or

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