Luna's slam translates into more playing time

Luna's slam translates into more playing time

CHICAGO -- Hector Luna on Wednesday became the first player to hit a grand slam in his first plate appearance for the Phillies since Gene Freese on April 18, 1959.

It was not a surprise to see Phillies manager Charlie Manuel start Luna at first base Thursday. He loves home runs.

"Because I wanted to," said Manuel when asked why he started Luna. "That's what made me do it. I looked at [Cubs starter Chris] Volstad and right-handed hitters hitting .300 on him, and we've had some success -- [Mike] Fontenot has had some hits against him -- but I wanted to get Luna in the lineup. I played him in Spring Training and stuff like that, and playing in a nice, comfortable yard, why not play someone who can hit it out?"