Tuesday, April 2, 2013

PHILLIES NOTES: Revere honored to lead off

For Montgomery Media / ERIC HARTLINE Ben Revere batted in the lead-off position during Monday's season-opener against the Braves.
ATLANTA – It wasn't so much of a surprise as it was a momentous occasion when the Phillies released their opening-day lineup Monday afternoon.

Charlie Manuel had been batting Ben Revere in the leadoff position often in the final few weeks of spring, including both On Deck series games in Philly over the weekend. If anything, a switch for the Phils' opener in Atlanta against the Braves would have been the eyebrow-raiser.

That said, Revere was humbled to take over the leadoff spot from the guy who had manned it for most of the last decade.

"It's an honor, a big honor," said Revere, who hit .326 this spring. "They told me, 'You're a go-to guy, we need you in order to win a championship.'

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