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Hot Howard Can't Carry Phillies In 8-4 Loss

Ryan Howard continued his torrid spring tear, but the Phillies lost to the Reds, 8-4, in Clearwater.

The big man hit his fourth Grapefruit League home run as part of a 2-for-3 day. Jason Donald had a three-hit day, raising his Grapefruit average to .320. Geoff Jenkins added a homer, his second of spring play.

Cole Hamels made his second start of the spring, giving up two runs in 2.2 innings. He also recorded his first strikeouts of the spring — three total. Andrew Carpenter pitched a productive 2.1 innings, giving up a run. Justin Lehr was saddled with the lion’s share of runs, giving up four in his frame.

In good news, Chris Coste got an at bat. He went 0-for-1 in his first spring action. Todd Zolecki is reporting he, Brad Lidge, Pedro Feliz and Chad Durbin could all see significant action as early as Wednesday.

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