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Hoping to spur lagging offense, Phils take extra work

DENVER -- Sunday mornings are typically laid back in baseball clubhouses with players getting their work done in the batting cages. But not this Sunday for the Phillies.

They took batting practice.

They had been held without an extra-base hit for four consecutive games before Jimmy Rollins hit a solo homer in the first inning on Sunday. The drought was the longest in baseball since the Marlins went four straight games without one in Sept. 1993, and the longest one in the organization since May 1968.

The Rollins homer was the first extra-base hit for the club in 130 plate appearances. Before the blast, the Phillies' last extra-base hit came in the eighth inning on Monday when Domonic Brown hit a home run.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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