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Phillies | Darin Ruf to play winter ball

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Darin Ruf will play winter ball in Venezuela, where the team hopes he can make the transition to left field with 1B Ryan Howard manning first base for at least the next four years. Ruf will see time in the outfield over the final few weeks of the season as well. Ruf is not in the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 10. "I'm looking forward to seeing him play and seeing him hit," skipper Charlie Manuel said. "There's an old saying, 'If you can hit, we'll find a place for you.' In today's game, that goes a long way. If you can hit and hit with power, it's more than likely we'll find a position where you can play."

2012-09-10 15:47:29 | Source: ESPN.com - Jerry Crasnick

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