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Monday, April 12, 2004
Beckett dominates as Marlins sweep Phils. The Phillies, everybody's choice to win the National League, are 1-5. (Yahoo!)

Michael Berquist hopes the Phillies' new park (opening today) will help them succeed. (A Citizen's Blog)

Allen Barra hopes so too. (Slate)

Phils booed in first game at new park. Make that 1-6. "Paul Wilson allowed just one run over 7 1-3 innings, and the Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia 4-1 Monday in the first game at Citizens Bank Park, triggering boos from Phillies' fans frustrated by the team's slow start...A sellout crowd of 41,626 spent most of the afternoon hiding from the rain on a 48-degree afternoon. Most of the seats in the upper deck were empty by the fifth inning, and some of the remaining fans were booing or chanting, 'Let's Go Flyers!' by the seventh." (Yahoo!)

Franco becomes oldest non-pitcher to play since 1993. He's 45. Funny, I could have sworn Ray Lankford was at least 48. Didn't he inherit the Cardinals' left-field job when Lou Brock retired? (

St. Louis Cardinals - Stats. Fun with small sample sizes. Mike Matheny: 25 at-bats, .440/.444/.720. Tony Womack: 26 at-bats, .423/.483/.538. Ray Lankford: 20 at-bats, .400/.478/.900. (Yahoo!)

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