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Brown at DH, Gwynn in left for Phils in opener

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ARLINGTON -- The Phillies opened a season for the first time against an American League team when they began play against the Rangers on Monday.

It meant the team needed a designated hitter. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose Domonic Brown to DH, with Tony Gwynn Jr. playing left field.

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ARLINGTON -- The Phillies opened a season for the first time against an American League team when they began play against the Rangers on Monday.

It meant the team needed a designated hitter. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg chose Domonic Brown to DH, with Tony Gwynn Jr. playing left field.

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Sandberg opted to upgrade the outfield defense, which made sense. The Phillies picked up just six hits and scored zero runs in their final three Spring Training games. 

The Astros' move to the AL West prior to the 2013 season resulted in two 15-team leagues, meaning there is at least one Interleague series happening throughout the course of the season.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com.

Philadelphia Phillies, Tony Gwynn Jr.