• Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown was again passed over for the Home Run Derby on Thursday. Carlos Gonzalez, the National League leader in homers, opted out of the contest because of a finger injury, and David Wright chose Pedro Alvarez to replace him. Brown was a potential candidate for the field, and his 23 homers tie him with Alvarez for the second most in the NL.
• Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf hit his first homer of the season Wednesday, and he is 5-for-13 (.385) since being called up to replace the injured Ryan Howard on Saturday.
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