Manuel Decides to Split Up Chase Utley and Ryan Howard

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Manuel Decides to Split Up Chase Utley and Ryan Howard
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During spring training, Charlie Manuel said that splitting up lefties Chase Utley and Ryan Howard with a right-handed batter was something he would consider. One day after unheralded Pirates lefty Jeff Locke stymied the Phillies for six innings, the manager made the switch. Against the much more heralded lefty Wandy Rodriguez, Utley is batting second tonight and Howard is batting fourth.

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