Ruf might get some time there in the final month of the season. "Every time I get out there, I get a little more comfortable," Ruf said. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will spend the next three weeks trying to determine if and where Ruf fits in the team's long-term plan. Ruf was admittedly down emotionally after making the final out in Reading's Eastern League playoffs series against Trenton on Sunday, but his spirits were lifted when he received word that he had been summoned by the Phillies. He is primarily a first baseman, but the Phillies started him in left field 29 games late in the season. Manuel's facts hold up, and his decision paid off in the form of a 3-1 victory over the Marlins that extended the Phillies' winning streak to five games. Wigginton's contribution was a fifth-inning walk that was followed by a Domonic Brown home run, which was all the support Kyle Kendrick needed for his fifth win in his last six starts.
Inside the Phillies: Darin Ruf has to bide his time in the big leagues
Actions always speak loudest, and Charlie Manuel made his view on the Phillies' standing in the National League wild-card race clear when he filled out his lineup card for Monday night's game against the Miami Marlins.