PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard reached a couple milestones Saturday against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.
He hit a two-run home run to left field in the third inning of the Phillies' 5-2 victory. It was Howard's 30th homer of the season, setting a franchise record with five consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons. He had been tied with Chuck Klein, who had four consecutive 30-homer, 100-RBI seasons in 1929-32.
Howard was unaware of the mark until after the game.
"That's a great feat," Howard said. "It hasn't really hit me right now, but I'm sure that when I kind of look back on things and reflect on the season I think that's something that will hit me and I'll definitely be proud of."
It also was Howard's 252nd career homer, which put him in sole possession of third place in Phillies history. Howard had been tied with Pat Burrell.
Howard needs seven more home runs to tie Del Ennis for second place.
Mike Schmidt holds the franchise record with 548 homers.
Moyer progressing after avoiding surgery
PHILADELPHIA -- It is early in the process, but Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer is optimistic.
He has been on the disabled list since July with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and a strained flexor pronator in his left elbow. He opted to rehab the elbow and avoid surgery, which would give him a chance to pitch in Spring Training.
Moyer recently has been throwing from 90 feet, including Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The next step is throwing from 120 feet.
If he continues to progress he will throw from a mound in a few weeks.
"I hope to have an idea in the next month of where I am," Moyer said. "I would hope. ... It's a day-to-day thing. So far it's encouraging."
Moyer is a free agent following the season. The Phillies already have more than $140 million committed to the 2011 payroll, and with the uncertainty surrounding his elbow, it is unlikely Moyer will be back unless he would accept a heavily incentive-laden contract.
Rollins could sit out entire Nats series
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins remained on the bench Saturday because of a strained right hamstring.
He has hit right-handed and left-handed during batting practice, and seems to have made some progress. But Phillies manager Charlie Manuel did not sound as if he believed Rollins, who has not run at full speed, would be back in the lineup Sunday.
Rollins said earlier in the week he probably would be the first player off the bench if the team needed a pinch-hitter in the second or third inning or the last player off the bench because of the uncertainty surrounding his ability to run.
"I think when it comes time to hit him and when or where, I think the game will dictate that to me," Manuel said. "Also, the pitcher. If we've got guys sitting on the bench that match up against the pitcher, more than likely they will probably hit against them. But at the same time, if Jimmy can swing the bat, he's definitely capable of getting a game-winning hit for you."
Lakewood wins second straight SAL title
PHILADELPHIA -- Class A Lakewood beat Greenville, 4-2, in Game 4 of the South Atlantic League championship series Saturday to win its second consecutive SAL title.
Lakewood has won the SAL championship in three of the last five seasons.
Lakewood right-hander Jonathan Pettibone allowed two runs in five innings to get the win, and right-hander Josh Zeid pitched four scoreless innings of relief to get the save. Catcher Sebastian Valle hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give the BlueClaws the lead.
Phils' Manuel not thinking retirement
PHILADELPHIA -- Braves manager Bobby Cox is retiring after the season. He is 69.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre is stepping down after the season, too. He is 70.
So what about Phillies manager Charlie Manuel? Has he thought about retirement? He is 66, and his contract only runs through 2011.
"I could see myself managing at 85," Manuel said before Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. "Pennsylvania is known to have old coaches and managers. What the heck?"
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is 83. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics in 1950, when he was 87. The oldest manager in Phillies history? MLB.com looked it up and it's none other than Manuel.
Manuel likes to call himself a 24-hour-a-day baseball guy. He sure sounded like it Saturday.
"I don't go nowhere," Manuel said. "I go home and I come to the ballpark. I go home and I come to the ballpark. I go home, come to the ballpark, airplane, go on the airplane, go to the hotel. That's all I do. Sometimes I'll walk to the ballpark. That's all I do. I don't go to bars. I don't go nowhere. If I was younger I'd go to the bars. What do you want me to say? I think I've seen about all there is to see."
Laser pointer delays Nats-Phils game
PHILADELPHIA -- Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park was delayed in the seventh inning because Phillies leftfielder Raul Ibanez noticed a green dot on the back of Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard.
A fan was using a laser pointer.
"I could see it kind of moving around," Ibanez said. "I think I saw it on the first pitch, but I didn't really pay attention to it. Right before the second pitch I saw it move around. Yeah, that was weird. Very distracting."
It is the second time in two seasons a Phillies fan has used a laser pointer during a game. A fan also used it in July 2009 in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.