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Notes: Abreu holding at .300
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04/27/2003  6:42 PM ET 
Notes: Abreu holding at .300
Outfielder is on a hot streak
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com Vote now for the 2003 All-Star game
PHILADELPHIA -- Thanks to a 4-for-6 tear, Bobby Abreu's batting average has returned to more familiar territory, as it approaches .300.

Hitting .256 on April 24, the hot streak has brought him to .293 entering play on Sunday. A single in his first at-bat pushed his average to .301, his first time over .300 this season.

"He's swinging really well," said manager Larry Bowa. "When the smoke clears, he's gonna hit .300. I think baseball people are very aware what he can do."

"I'm seeing the ball well right now, hitting it the other way," said Abreu, who is hitting .474 on this home stand. "I'm always working on my mechanics and trying to be consistent."

    Bobby Abreu   /   RF
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: L/R

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Byrd watch: Marlon Byrd rejoined the team Sunday and will travel to Los Angeles in anticipation of his being activated from the disabled list. That will probably happen Wednesday, when the Phillies are scheduled to face lefty Odalis Perez.

The rookie has struggled in his first full season with the Phillies, hitting .161 in his first 31 at-bats. Meanwhile Ricky Ledee has hit .302 with two homers and 12 RBIs. He added his team-tying third home run on Sunday and is demanding more playing time with his bat.

"He's done a good job," said Bowa. "He's going to get a lot of at-bats. I can rest Pat [Burrell]. I can rest Bobby [Abreu]. I'm not going to let that kid in center field (Byrd) bury himself."

Phanatic final Vet birthday: The Phillie Phanatic celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and the festivities included many of his friends. This will be his last birthday party at Veterans Stadium

In addition to many of the city's mascots, the partiers include the world-famous, fun-loving bunch known as the "Zooperstars." Among the attendees were Ken Giraffey, Jr., Ichiroach, Clammy Sosa and Derek Cheetah. They danced and did tricks to the songs "Who Let the Dogs Out" and "Bye Bye Bye," among others.

The highlight of the afternoon came when the guest of honor arrived in style, repelling down from the 700-level to the top of the Phillies dugout.

The furry green creature with the big nose arrived from the Galapagos Islands on April 25, 1978 and hasn't left since.

This day at the Vet: 1980 -- Cardinals second baseman Ken Oberkfell hit an inside-the-park homer in a 10-1 win over the Phillies. The shot came off Lerrin LaGrow, who appeared in 25 games for the 1980 Phillies.

Minor news: Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: RHP Ryan Madson allowed two runs on four hits in five innings, but took the loss against Buffalo. ... RHP Josh Hancock, acquired in a deal for Jeremy Giambi, started on Sunday. Double-A Reading: Taylor Buchholz won his second game with seven shutout innings against Harrisburg. ... SS Buzz Hannahan had two hits and an RBI. ... Single-A Clearwater: RHP Keith Bucktrot starts Sunday against Tampa.

Philling In: Hector Mercado pitched two scoreless innings in a rehab start for Double-A Reading, and allowed no hits and a walk. He is expected to move to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and make at least five starts. Bowa said the team wants to make sure the leg is strong before the team activates him.

Coming up: The Phillies head to Los Angeles for the first stop of a three-city road trip that also takes them through San Diego and Arizona.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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