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The 29-year-old has a strange way of doing things, and he looks awkward because he has long arms, long legs and runs oddly. But he had plenty of success no matter how weird he looked doing it.

“He is the most unique player that I’ve ever been around and kind of different,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said before a game against the Nationals. “And I mean that in a good way. I do not mean that in a bad way at all. This guy is so is aggressive. He doesn’t cut down nothing on his swing. He’s just railing away. But the biggest part about him, though, is he can hit.”

Pence has a career .290 average with 131 homers and 471s RBI in six seasons with the Astros and Phillies. Though he struggled defensively in Philadelphia, his 61 outfield assists since 2008 are second in the majors.

Pence led the Phillies in hits (108), homers, RBIs, runs scored (59), total bases (178) and walks (37).

“I am surprised,” Pence said. “You understand the circumstance.”


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.


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