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Park lands in rotation with help from South Korean TV viewers

The Phillies informed Chan Ho Park that he would be the team’s fifth starter in the rotation on Tuesday.

Park signed with the Phillies this past offseason with the understanding that he would be able to earn a spot in the rotation. Pitching in the rotation would allow his countrymen in South Korea to know ahead of time when to catch him on television — as opposed to being faced with the unimaginable prospect of having to to watch every Phillies game and hope he gets in the game as a reliever.

Popeye the batboy not that impressed by Rollins’ first spring homer

Jimmy Rollins hit his first home run of the spring after wasting nearly an entire month with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.

Chase Utley was the only infielder for the Phillies to not find his longball stroke or any stroke for that matter as he went hitless in three at bats. Ryan Howard hit his major league-leading ninth home run of the spring while Carlos Ruiz and Eric Bruntlett also homered and combined for seven RBIs in the 13-3 romp over the Astros.

Kendrick’s philanthropy hurting chances of joining rotation

Kyle Kendrick continued his charity work on the mound by giving up eight earned runs in only three innings today against the Braves. The two-year vet is currently battling for the final spot in the Phillies rotation with Chan Ho Park, J.A. Happ and Carlos Carrasco, but it appears he is more interested in helping others get through this rough economy.

“I thought about how I could either pitch my butt off this spring and win a job, or I could let a couple guys tee off on me and help them earn jobs,” Kendrick said following Wednesday’s outing.

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