During early-morning batting practice on a back field at the Carpenter Complex, Domonic Brown launched a deep fly. It was headed toward a players parking lot, and everyone knew it. The loud thud was heard from home plate. So was the car alarm.
Brown had struck Jose Contreras' big truck with a home-run ball.
"You park your truck over there," Manuel said, "you have a pretty good chance of getting hit."
— Matt Gelb, in yesterday's Inquirer