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Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-22

Philadelphia Phillies Notes, Quotes 2009-04-22
--CF Shane Victorino has won the 2009 Lou Gehrig Award, presented by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The award, given for Victorino's work to raise money for ALS, will be presented on July 4. Gehrig was a member of the fraternity's chapter at Columbia University. Victorino also seemingly found his swing Tuesday night. He lugged a .222 average (10-for-45) to the plate in the first inning, drew a four-pitch walk and scored on Jayson Werth's two-run double. He singled to left field in the second inning, and with the bases loaded in the fifth, he lined a single up the middle that scored Pedro Feliz.

"Victorino's been striding quick, and his hands come down and it puts him in a weak hitting position," manager Charlie Manuel said before the game, offering his best diagnosis. "You stride for timing when you hit, and his weight is going on his front side real quick. You have to work like heck to get it down, but when Victorino is hitting good, he does 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 April 19, 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."

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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