Darin Ruf comes out ready, will start again Saturday

Darin Ruf comes out ready, will start again Saturday

February 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Darin Ruf will be one of the most scrutinized players in Phillies camp as he tries to win a spot in the team’s outfield.

The 2012 Eastern League MVP came out of the chute well with a pair of doubles in Friday’s intrasquad game at Bright House Field. Ruf started in leftfield for the team managed by Triple A skipper Dave Brundage. That team won, 8-2.

Ruf, 26, hit .317 with 38 homers and 104 RBIs in 139 games at Double A Reading last season. He hit another one in the playoffs, three more in 33 September at-bats with the Phillies, and 10 more in the Venezuelan winter league to finish his year with 52.

Ruf will be back in leftfield for Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener against Houston.

Domonic Brown, who is also battling for an outfield job, singled and doubled in Friday's intrasquad game.

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, neither of whom played a spring training game last year, both saw time. Utley walked and struck out; Howard lined a single off the rightfield wall.

Minor league pitching prospect Adam Morgan, a lefty, pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two.

The Phillies host the Astros on Saturday afternoon. Cole Hamels will be the starting pitcher. He will be opposed by Houston righthander Lucas Harrell. Former Phillies prospect Jarred Cosart, sent to Houston in the Hunter Pence deal, is expected to see work for the Astros.

Here is the Phillies’ lineup for Saturday:

Ben Revere CF
Michael Young 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Darin Ruf LF
Domonic Brown RF
Laynce Nix DH
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Erik Kratz C

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