All obvious "it's just spring training" caveats apply, but damn it if it's not good to see Ryan Howard and Dom Brown swinging big bats down in Florida this spring. Brown and Howard have combined for six home runs and a couple of them are still traveling down Alligator Alley.
They were back at it again yesterday. Brown destroyed a ball in the fourth inning (video) and Howard added one an inning later (video below). The Phils beat the Blue Jays 13-5.
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Remember those reports early in spring of Howard looking nimble on the base paths? Even during his little trot here, his running doesn't look great.
But it's his swing we're all most concerned about coming in to 2013 and Charlie Manuel likes what he sees. He has also been pleased with Brown's spring to this point. Charlie talks:
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