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Baseball up close and personal

Published Feb. 22, 2006

Philadelphia Phillies Matt Kata, left, and Ryan Howard wait their turn for batting practice Tuesday at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. The session gave Phillies fans a chance to get close to their heroes, and the fans at right took the opportunity to get baseballs autographed. Tuesday was the first full-squad workout of spring training for the Phillies. The Phillies open their home spring training schedule against the New York Yankees on March 3 at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater.