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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-08

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-08
As he makes the transition to a new team in a new league, Raul Ibanez doesn't want to reveal all of his secrets.

Let's just say he's taking a studious approach.

Ibanez, the Phillies' new left fielder, said Tuesday he is watching more video than usual to become more familiar with National League pitchers. And after spending the last 13 seasons in the American League, he admitted he may even jot notes about each pitcher in a journal -- if he hasn't already started.

"I'm not opposed to doing that," Ibanez said with a smile. "There's stuff I won't really get into. But I've always been a guy that takes advantage of every resource. The video is a resource. I'm taking advantage of it as much as I can."

Ibanez, 36, is a .286 career hitter, but only 459 of his 1,384 at-bats entering this season had come against NL teams. And while he has an extensive personal scouting report on pitchers who been in both leagues (he's faced Wednesday's Braves starter, Javier Vazquez, 15 times), he has nearly no firsthand experience with others (he'd faced Jair Jurrjens twice entering Tuesday).

So, when a pitcher and a hitter haven't seen much of one another, who has the edge?

"Most of the time, it's the pitcher," manager Charlie Manuel said. "But also I don't think it takes long to get used to that pitcher, especially when you start to see him more and more."

Ibanez wasted no time adjusting to Jurrjens. In his first at-bat Tuesday, he opened the second inning by doubling off left fielder Garret Anderson's glove. Ibanez also flashed his defensive skills by throwing out Casey Kotchman at the plate in the fourth inning.

"I'll definitely look into gathering as much information as I can," Ibanez said of facing new pitchers. "That can only be a help. But at the same time -- and more importantly, I think -- is my approach and what I'm trying to do."

BRAVES 4, PHILLIES 0: Jamie Moyer allowed two home runs, including a leadoff shot by Kelly Johnson on the game's first pitch, as the Phillies became the third defending World Series champion in the past five seasons to start 0-2. The Phillies went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 men on base. It's the fourth consecutive season that they have started 0-2 and the fifth straight year that they have lost the season-opening series.

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