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Murphy: Manuel Discusses Possible Outfield Options; Names Ichiro, Ludwick, Ross

Candidates for the outfield have been dropping off the Phillies radar like flies the past week.

B.J. Upton signed with the Braves, Angel Pagan went back to the Giants and Shane Victorino landed in Boston. And with the price tags for Josh Hamilton (likely going back to Texas) and Michael Bourn being too high, the market for a starting centerfielder and corner outfield has thinned.

But manager Charlie Manuel talked about some ideal options to fill a corner outfield position as well as center field.

A handful of names, in a series of tweets by David Murphy of the Daily News, included Ichiro Suzuki, Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross.

“We’ve talked about Ichiro. I think Ichiro can help our team,” Manuel said, leaving people to interprete that any way they want to.

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Phillies Cloyd, Aumont Earn First Win, Save; Beat Reds

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd allows a run on four hits while striking out nine for his first Major League win against the Reds. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

Phillies 4, Reds 2
WP – Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 2.77)
LP – Johnny Cueto (18-6, 2.58)
SV – Phillippe Aumont (1)

CINCINNATI — It was an afternoon of firsts for a pair of young Phillies right-handers.

Tyler Cloyd never would have guessed his first Major League win would come on the road against the best team in the National League while being opposed by a Cy Young candidate.

But Cloyd did it anyway, besting the Reds offense and Johnny Cueto on a cloudy Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. Then Phillippe Aumont came in to pitch the 9th, earning Cloyd his first Major League win to go along with Aumont’s first Major League save in the Phillies 4-2 win over the Reds.

Cloyd settled down nicely after allowing a 2nd-inning solo home run to Ryan Ludwick. He pitched seven innings, striking out nine while allowing only a run on four hits.

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The mystery behind Howard and SD’s Latos

Why can't Ryan Howard hit this guy? (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Inquirer’s own Phils beat writer Matt Gelb recently tweeted that John Mayberry, a right-handed bat, will be playing first base today in place of Ryan Howard.

With a right-handed pitcher on the mound, the move makes no sense if you took a quick glance. Howard has been a major leaguer since 2005, and despite his lack of success against left-handed pitching, he has much better success against right-handers.

But San Diego’s right-hander is no ordinary pitcher. It’s Mat Latos.

Now, some of you are laughing right now as you read this. “Who the hell is Mat Latos?” “This guy is a scrub!” “Why is Howard sitting against Latos such a big deal?”

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Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 61-36, 1st in NL East; SD: 44-55, 4th in NL Central

When: July 22-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) vs Corey Luebke (3-3, 2.57)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34) vs Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) vs Tim Stauffer (6-6, 2.83)
Monday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83) vs Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
Monday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: at San Diego

PHI: 11-6, 1st in NL East; SD: 8-10, 5th in NL West

When: April 21-23
Where: PetCo Park (San Diego, CA)

Probable Pitchers
Thursday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) vs Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84)
Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.32), vs Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50)
Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.27) vs Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27)
Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83) vs Wade LeBlanc (0-0,-.–)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 10:05, TCN

Friday, 10:05, TCN
Saturday, 8:35, CSN
Sunday, 4:05, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchC Nick Hundley: Hundley is the only Padre off to any type of good start. Leading the Padres with a .339 average, three homers and nine RBIs, the 27-year-old Hundley is off to a good start in what could be a career season.

Overview: The Padres are a pushover team; there is no way around it. With that being said, this is the right time for Philadelphia to break out of their funk going up against a poor group of pitchers for San Diego.

The Phillies may be tossing the bottom of their rotation plus Roy Halladay at San Diego. But Roy Oswalt hasn’t had a bad start all season, Cole Hamels has been incredible his last two starts and Joe Blanton is coming off his first quality start of the season.

San Diego short stop Jason Bartlett has been struggling to start off the season but he’s 9-for-20 in his last five games, bringing his average up from a .118 to a .241. He’ll give the Padres a base runner from the bottom of the order if he keeps it up.

San Diego also has outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Cameron Maybin in their line up. Ludwick has been hitting better as of late now (8-for-21, HR, 4 RBI in his last five) and Maybin is in his first full season as a starter.

Placido Polanco is still raking for the Phils this season, hitting a team-high .352 with two homers and tied with Ryan Howard for the team lead with 15 RBIs. Shane Victorino is tied with Howard for the lead in doubles (5) and has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and has a .341 (14-for-41) average, two homers and four RBIs in that span.