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Howard, who will start Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against Detroit (1 p.m. on NBCSP+), definitely has a future with the Phils and is expected to contribute in 2021.
NOTES: The D.C. government told the Nationals it’s too soon to say whether spectators will be allowed to attend the team’s home games. Christopher Rodriguez, the director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, wrote in a letter Tuesday that the club’s application requesting to play games at Nationals Park is approved “without fans in attendance.” Rodriguez said the city hopes to offer an update in about two weeks. … Hitting coach Kevin Long said 3B Carter Kieboom had laser eye surgery in the offseason. “He’s seeing the ball better,” Long said. “He’s not squinting.”
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