Phillies Make Roster Move For Tonight's Game
Washington (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies have brought up first baseman Jonathon Jakes and he is expected to start tonight's game against the Washington Nationals. Jakes replaces Jim Thome, who has hit only one homerun in April. Jakes, 11, his hitting .688 with 4 homeruns and 11 runs batted in for the Phillies of the Chubbuck, Idaho youth league, and is coming off of a 3-4, 4 RBI performance against the Tsunamis of the Idaho SuperLeague. "I'm looking for some power at first," said manager Charlie Manuel, adding "So far, Thome hasn't been the answer. As far as I can tell, Jakes has only one downside." That "downside" is his bedtime. Jonathon has to be in bed by 9:00pm, which means he must leave the stadium by the 7th inning. Thome will report to the Chubbuck league Friday. "Of course, I'm not happy," said Thome, but added, "I hear the Cotant Park right field fence is 180' down the line, so I should do well."