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Game 100: Finding Starts For Nix

Phillies 1B/OF Laynce Nix. (Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images North America)

ATLANTA — The Phillies are fortunate enough to have Ryan Howard and Chase Utley back in their lineup every day.

But unfortunately it squashes out guys like Laynce Nix who can provide offense every day.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said that he wants to get Nix in the lineup more often, be it at first base or in left field.

Nix, who recently returned from a DL stint that kept him out of the lineup with a calf strain since May 10, has been crushing the ball when he is healthy. Nix is hitting .320 (16-for-50) with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs in 26 games.

“Nix is a good piece to put up there in a big situation in the game,” Manuel said. “But he also has to play enough to stay sharp.”

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Series Preview: at Washington Nationals

PHI: 13-13, 4th in NL East; WAS: 16-9, 1st in NL East

When: May 4-6
Where: Nationals Park (Washington D.C.)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 6.59) vs Stephen Strasberg (2-0, 1.13)
Saturday: Vance Worley (2-1, 1.97) vs Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.78) vs Jordan Zimmerman (1-2, 1.89)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, TCN
Saturday, 1:05, CSN
Sunday, 8:05, ESPN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up.¬†Less than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Pierre, Podsednik highlight this spring’s battles

Phillies Domonic Brown, right, steals second base vs. Florida State. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Even championship-caliber teams have position battles during Spring Training. With a good idea of who the 25 men making the Opening Day roster, a few position and roster battles loom heading into this season.

With a place on the team is set, John Mayberry, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton are all battling it out for the first base and left field openings left by now-Yankee Raul Ibanez and injured Ryan Howard.

Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Joel Pineiro are looking to win the fifth starter’s spot of the rotation. Even Domonic Brown is hoping he can impress the Phillies this spring in hopes to skip a trip to Lehigh Valley at the end of March.

Lastly, and possibly the most interesting battle this spring belongs to who the Phillies 25th man will be. With Ben Francisco traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, a spot for an outfield bench player has been vacated.

The top two candidates for that spot are both veteran players with similar traits: Scott Podsednik and Juan Pierre.

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Phillies sign former Nats outfielder Nix

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The Phillies are looking to fill their void in left field via platoon.

Instead of dropping big bucks on Michael Cuddyer, the Phillies went out and signed Nationals left fielder Laynce Nix, according to CSN’s Jim Salisbury. The signing comes only a couple weeks after they picked up corner infielder/outfielder Ty Wigginton.

The reported length of the deal is two years and is pending a physical.

Nix, 31, is another role player, starting his career in Texas before playing for Milwaukee, Cincinnati and Washington during his nine-year career.

Last season, Nix enjoyed his best season with a .250 average, 16 homers and 44 RBIs. As a career pinch hitter, Nix is hitting .187 (.276 OBP; .269 slugging) with two homers and 40 strike outs in 152 plate appearances.

This is a great move to add depth. First Jim Thome, then Wigginton and now Nix.

The Phillies are adding cheap but high profile players to their bench. Each and every one of them are capable of starting to spell the Phillies every day starters and this is important for the long haul.

This also spells the doom for Ben Francisco, who was never really a top option off the bench. Players like Francisco and Ross Gload never showed the Phillies any true value during the 2011 campaign.