Phillies notes…

In last night’s Phillies & Reds game, Ryan Howard hit his 100th career home run. Howard did this in only his 325th game, making him the youngest player to reach the 100 home run mark.

Other Phillies notes…

If anyone knows of the whereabouts of leftfielder Pat Burrell, please let me know. I’m very worried. He hasn’t been around in weeks. Part of me thinks that Burrell and embattled third baseman Wes Helms skipped town together and possibly joined the circus, but until that is confirmed, I will remain on the look out.

The Force That is Utley, Phils’ second baseman Chase Utley is leading vote getter for NL second baseman in this year’s All Star game and barring any kind of freak run from anyone else, will be starting in the all-star game. At this point, it looks like Utley will be the only position player making the trip, with shortstop Jimmy Rollins failing to crack the top 3 in shortstop voting. No word on pitchers, but it looks like either Cole Hamels or Adam Eaton will be making the trip.

Phils’ skipper Charlie Manuel reportedly ate 15 doughnuts in one sitting. While this is not confirmed, it is highly suspected to have happened…probably on more than one occasion. So he’s got that going for him, which is nice. At least he knows how to do something right…

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