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Ryan Howard has the most perfect gender reveal

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Ryan Howard has the most perfect gender reveal

It looks like the Big Piece will be getting a little family addition soon. 

Ryan Howard came out of retirement briefly on Saturday to take a swing at a baseball for the gender reveal of his newest child. Our old friend took up his beloved stance to swing at a pitch sent toward him by his wife, Krystle.

The slugger connected once again, as we’ve seen so many times before, but this time, that ball wasn’t flying out of Citizens Bank Park. This time, the ball was sent into the air and exploded pink, to symbolize Howard’s incoming baby girl. 

Check out the video below, which Howard shared on his Instagram page. The family’s reaction is priceless. It looks like they’re pretty excited about a future slugger.

Congrats to the entire Howard family on their newest addition. We can’t wait to see her rocking some pinstripes soon. 

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Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets early offense, 3 K’s in spring debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola’s spring debut went rather nicely Sunday afternoon. He came out of the gate with two scoreless innings and was supported by four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Nola threw 28 pitches over his two innings of work. Eighteen were strikes. He allowed three singles, walked none and struck out one. He was relieved by lefty JoJo Romero in the third inning.

It is presumed that Nola will be the Phillies’ opening day starter though manager Joe Girardi has not made an announcement yet.

The Phils’ offense looked good early. Roman Quinn led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a hit by Jean Segura. Jay Bruce added a two-run double in the inning and newcomer Kyle Garlick had an RBI single.

In other news, the Phanatic unveiled his new look before the game and the world kept on spinning.

More later.

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The first look at the 'new' Phillie Phanatic

The first look at the 'new' Phillie Phanatic

Things have ground to a halt in Philadelphia in the 48 hours since Jim Salisbury reported the Phillie Phanatic was set for a makeover of sorts. 

There’s been anger, there’s been sadness, agony, but more than anything else a sense of confusion in the city. Not confusion why. That’s all explained here. It’s been more of a philosophical why. “Why is this happening to me and to those I hold dear?”

The changes, though, aren't too significant. If you're a die-hard, you'll probably notice several of the differences, but all fans will still recognize our jolly ol' fella from the Galapagos Islands.

The first look at the “new” Phanatic will be this afternoon when the Phillies host the Pirates at 1 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia ...

... but here’s a preview. 

My guy straight up pelvic thrust his way into weight redistribution. Forever a scientific marvel.

The snout is smaller and a bit of a different shape. The tail is longer with a different color at the end. New shoes and socks. New scales(?) on the arms. And it looks like he’s seeing a new optometrist.

There are definite springtime vibes in Philly, across Florida and Arizona and in each of the major-league cities. Baseball is back and in a few short hours, we’ll get the crack of the bat and the big green guy's usual hijinks.

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