Posted February 29, 2012 on AP on Fox
On the same day they learned Ryan Howard's rehabilitation from Achilles surgery would be slowed, the Philadelphia Phillies beat Florida State University 6-1 Wednesday in the first preseason game of the year. Hector Luna's two-run homer keyed a five-run seventh inning for the Phillies. Pete Orr and Erik Kratz led off the seventh with back-to-back hits to break a 1-all tie. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel rested most of his regulars. All-Star infielders Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, who struggled with injuries last season, were each given the day off, as was starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. Manuel said he plans to ease both Utley and Polanco into action this spring. In place of his regulars, the Phillies manager gave three of his new bench hopefuls at-bats. Juan Pierre, Ty Wigginton and Scott Podsednik were a combined 1 for 6 with an RBI.
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