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Evaluating the Ben Revere Trade

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Charlie Manuel wanted a centerfielder who can catch and cover ground, naming Michael Bourn as his first example.

Ruben Amaro got his manager the next best thing, and at a much cheaper price than the supposed $18 million a year Bourn wants.

The Phillies acquired 24-year-old centerfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Vance Worley and top pitching prospect Trevor May.

The trade sent shock waves through the fanbase. “Why would we give up Worley?” “Isn’t May a good prospect?” “Who the hell is Ben Revere? Didn’t he ride a horse?”

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Game 104: New Faces


WASHINGTON — If you’re looking at tonight’s lineup for the Phillies in Washington, there will be a handful of unfamiliar names.

Kevin Frandsen has been hitting well in his short time up with the Phillies while Erik Kratz is in tonight’s lineup to spell Carlos Ruiz.

Then there is the outfield.

Domonic Brown is making his first start of the 2012 season after getting a pinch-hit single last night. Nate Schierholtz, who was a part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants, will make his Phillies debut tonight in right field.

Brown will bat in the six-spot behind John Mayberry and Schierholtz will bat second between Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

The rest of the lineup looks normal.

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Cardinals Freese Phils; force Game 5

Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino hopelessly reaches for a two-run homer off the bat of David Freese in the 6th. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Matt Holliday’s presence in the Cards line up indirectly gave them the spark they needed.

With him hitting in the five spot, David Freese got bumped down a few spots. This spread out the Cardinals fire power and he provided them with four RBIs and another day of baseball.

A two-run double in the 4th and a two-run homer in the 6th was more than enough for the Cardinals, who went on to win 5-3 and force a Game 5 back in Philadelphia.

Holiday, who was 1-for-2 with a single in two pinch-hit scenarios this series, went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his return to the line up in the post season. His troubled hand didn’t affect him enough for it to hurt the Cardinals and should be expected to be back in the line up for Game 5 on Friday.

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