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World Series preview: Phillies at the plate
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino

First base is traditionally the place in the field for the team's "big bopper", and they don't come much bigger than Philadelphia's Ryan Howard - who is likely to act as their designated hitter in the games played at Tropicana Field under AL rules.

The 29-year-old Phillies slugger led the major leagues with 146 runs batted in during the regular season, while also launching 48 home runs - although 199 strikeouts contributed to his comparably low batting average of .251.

In front of Howard in the line-up, the Phillies have speed at the top of the order in shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley, who are both three-time All-Stars.

Patrolling centre field is Hawaii-born switch-hitter Shane Victorino, who hit Philadelphia's first ever post-season grand slam in Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series against Milwaukee.

see also
Phillies seal World Series berth
16 Oct 08 |  Baseball

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