Ryan Howard, who was 2 for 29 since the All-Star break coming into Saturday, was originally given the day off against the Padres in favor of an old Stanford first baseman, John Mayberry. Jr.
In recent years, ever since they started rubbing elbows with baseballs big boys heck, they are one of baseballs big boys the Phillies have focused on trying to win that seasons World Series.
CHICAGO It was just about a month ago that Charlie Manuel expressed his desire to add a hitter before the trade deadline.
Manuels wish list has grown.