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Ibanez gets first game off this season

Ibanez gets first game off this season

PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard had been the only two Phillies to start every game this season.

Ibanez got a day off Sunday.

He has been bothered the past few days with some soreness in his left Achilles area because of some ill-fitting shoes. He said the shoes have been fixed and he is fine.

"I noticed last night he was limping a little bit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

Ibanez said after a long week, which included three consecutive extra-inning games and a game Saturday that ended after midnight ET, he just needed a day off.

"It's nothing at all," he said.

Ibanez, who is hitting .322 with 22 home runs and 59 RBIs, had started 222 consecutive games before Sunday's 11-6 victory over the Red Sox.

"It's fine," he said. "It actually was fun [to sit]. I would have paid money to watch those guys play. This team is fun to watch. It worked out OK."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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