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PHILADELPHIA -- Because coaches can also be susceptible to pressing, we present Phillies third-base coach Steve Smith.
During Friday night's game, in which the Phils were mounting a comeback from an 8-3 deficit, the team had pulled to within 8-6 by the eighth inning. Shane Victorino singled and Chase Utley walked, putting the tying run on base with no outs.
Ryan Howard then laced a base hit to right field, and Smith waved Victorino around third. Astros right fielder Luke Scott charged quickly and made a perfect throw to catcher Brad Ausmus, who endured a collision with Victorino and held onto the ball.
With no outs, Smith's actions left him open for second-guessing.
"I told myself I was going to be aggressive and get things going," Smith said. "You tell these guys to play the game and don't overdo it, and I overdid it."
Smith had valid reasons for sending Victorino, who, along with Jimmy Rollins and Michael Bourn, is one of the fastest players on the team. Before Howard's hit, Smith saw Scott playing deep in "no doubles" mode. Figuring it would take a perfect execution on the defense, he felt it was a good risk.
"With no outs, it's easy to be conservative," Smith said. "I wanted to send him, plus get runners to first and third and get the tying run at third. [Scott] made an unbelievable play. I couldn't believe the throw."
"My theory is, playing blackjack, you don't hit with the dealer showing 5 and you have a 13," Smith added, explaining what is considered a safe play at the casino game. "I coach third base that way. I overanalyzed and wanted to be aggressive. I wanted to go for it, and you don't have to go for it."
Moyer reaches out:
Lefty Jamie Moyer treated 14-year-old Danny Doyle to his first baseball game on Saturday afternoon. The teenager traveled from Scranton, Pa., and met Moyer and other players before the game.
This summer, Doyle will attend Moyer's Camp Erin, in Philadelphia, where he will find help as he tries to cope with the loss of a loved one. His mother suffered a fatal heart attack in 2003, when Danny was 10, and his older brother, Tim, saw a recent article about Camp Erin -- a bereavement camp for children.
This spring, the Moyer Foundation launched the Campaign for Kids, a plan to establish a Camp Erin in every Major League city nationwide.
Howard receives award:
Howard officially received his awards for being named the 2006 Player of the Year and National League Outstanding Player. The NL MVP was selected by his peers in November and received the hardware from former Major Leaguer Steve Rogers, who now works for the MLB Players Association.
In Howard's name, the MLB Players Trust will donate grants totaling $70,000 to the charity, or charities, of his choice.
"I'll take a Silver Slugger. Gold Glove? Whatever. I don't even know if that's an award anymore." -- Rollins, on which honor he'd rather earn.
He's been snubbed many times for the Gold Glove.
To make room for Freddy Garcia, who is scheduled to make his Phillies debut on Sunday aftermoon, the Phillies designated Clay Condrey for assignment. They have 10 days to move the contract via trade or outright release. If Condrey clears waivers, he can be optioned to the Minors, but because he's been outrighted before, he can decline an assignment and become a free agent. ... Should rain cancel Sunday's game, Garcia would likely start Monday. "We have to get him out there," Manuel said.
Righty Carlos Carrasco, one of the 2006 winners of the Paul Owens Award for the best Minor League pitcher/player, allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, on seven hits, in a start for Class A Clearwater on Friday. ... Triple-A Ottawa scheduled a Saturday doubleheader against Syracuse, in anticipation of Sunday's possible storm.
With a storm scheduled to arrive late Saturday night, it appears possible that the Phillies and Astros won't be able to play Sunday's 1:35 p.m. ET series finale. If nature changes its mind, however, Garcia will make his Phillies debut against the team that originally signed him in 2003. Lefty Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to start for the Astros.
Garcia's season had been delayed by a bout of right bicep tendinitis experienced in a March 21 start against Toronto. Both teams will honor the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut by wearing the No. 42.