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Some Phillies Links for You, February 18, 2011: Tickets = Hot Cakes

Tickets: As of last night, 3.3 million had been purchased, and 15 of 81 games were sold out

Charlie Manuel: "Will be the one who makes sure Utley gets enough rest." That headline sounds encouraging at first but is worded a bit ambiguously if you think about it. Meanwhile, the quotes from Charlie, to my ears, sound flat-out discouraging.

Ryan Howard (1): Ankle is 98%, considering standing closer to plate

Ryan Howard (2): Matt Gelb talks sabermetrics, sort of

Ben Francisco: Hoping to win the starting RF job, likes to use iPad

MLB Fanhouse: Ranks Phils' farm system #7 (Braves #2, Nats #15, Mets #27, Marlins #29)

Jamie Moyer: Interview from the Bugs & Cranks blog

David Herndon: Learned from Durbin and Lidge last year - good news?

Jiwan James: Likes Boston Market, Lenny's in Clearwater, Pizza Hut / Dislikes sushi, alcohol, Mexican

Matt Anderson: Profile of his career from John Sickels' blog

Baseball Prospectus: Projects Phillies to win 91 games, NL East title

Around the NL East

Braves:
Underdogs hope to surprise Phillies (with bonus embedded video of Chipper interview)
Pirates fan sues Braves, alleges he was assaulted by Turner Field fans

Marlins:
Edwin Rodriguez says he wants a smart team on the field

Mets:
Johan Santana expects to return in June
Angel Pagan defers to Carlos Beltran for CF spot

Nationals:
Stephen Strasburg in camp, throwing lightly
Chien-Ming Wang has bullpen session, reports no pain