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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-20

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-20
--SS Jimmy Rollins is a staple in the Phillies lineup, unless he's injured. But he didn't start Sunday, and manager Charlie Manuel said it was for his own good. Rollins was mired in a 5-for-41 slump and was batting just .133 (6-for-45) with two doubles and three RBIs through 10 games. Manuel thought the rest would help Rollins, who hit a pinch home run in the eighth inning Sunday. "I'd like to see him hit a couple hundred of those," Manuel said. "That would be pretty good, wouldn't it?"

--1B Ryan Howard made 19 errors last season, the most by a Phillies first baseman since Nick Etten in 1942. So, back in January, he reported to Tampa, Fla., and started working with new infield coach Sam Perlozzo. The results are showing. Howard made three defensive gems Sunday, including two diving stops in the third and sixth innings. Both times, he made well-placed flips to the pitcher covering first base. "The hardest play?" Howard said. "I don't know. They were all pretty tough. I basically just try to go out there, throw some leather around and see what happens."

--C Lou Marson has been feeling as if he's cramming for a test. Marson, called up from Class AAA Lehigh Valley on April 11, has been scanning scouting reports, watching video of opposing hitters and talking with pitchers about what they prefer to throw in different situations. But, really, the best way for Marson to learn is by catching. "Learning the hitters is the big thing, and I can't do that overnight," Marson said. "It'll take experience to learn the hitters and things like that." Until C Carlos Ruiz recovers from his strained right oblique muscle, manager Charlie Manuel said he is likely give starts to both Chris Coste and Marson. "What (Marson) gets, he'll earn," Manuel said.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Home runs allowed by RH closer Brad Lidge through April 19. Lidge allowed only two homers all of last season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Harry Kalas may have -- if you can look past Ben Franklin and William Penn -- been the greatest person ever to grace Philadelphia in the history of this city. As many lives as he affected over the time that he lived in Philadelphia and around this area, who would have had a bigger impact on the city? Who would?" -- Mike Schmidt.

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Added: April 20, 2009

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