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Howard is first DH at Citizens Bank Park

Howard is first DH at Citizens Bank Park

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard has the distinction of being the first designated hitter to step into the batter's box at Citizens Bank Park, one of several quirks that come with the bizarre situation of Friday's "away" game against the Blue Jays.

Howard went 1-for-5, including an RBI single in a six-run fifth inning in Friday's 9-0 win over Toronto.

Philadelphia took batting practice last and enjoyed the extra hour lounging in its clubhouse, while Toronto warmed up. The Blue Jays are technically hosting this weekend's series because the G20 Summit in Toronto forced the game to be played in Philadelphia.

So the Blue Jays were introduced with their home entrance music, showed team-specific videos on the Jumbotron, wore home uniforms and had the luxury of batting last, even if they didn't have the luxury of playing in their home ballpark.

Howard, who has started every game at first base this season, received a rest from the field as the DH on Friday. Ross Gload started at first for the Phillies.

And Phillies starter Roy Halladay pitched but didn't hit against his former team.

"I get Howard off his feet for a day, it's been quite a while," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said of the decision. "I wanted to play Gload at first because he hadn't played a game there yet."

The series will be considered home games for Toronto, meaning the weekend's attendance will not count toward the Phillies' figures or sellout streak, currently at 82 straight games.

Elias Sports Bureau, however, in its official scorebook, will record the series as a home series for Philadelphia.

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