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Friday, September 28, 2012
It is insane that Manuel actively refused to use a potentially huge power threat down the stretch against lefties, especially considering how hideous Howard looks against lefties at this point in his career (Howard was 1 for 4 on the night).
I would say that Ruf should have started at first base to keep Howard on the bench against the lefty, but at this point in the season, it probably doesn't even matter.