Phillies' Howard Gets Some Help

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Phillies great Mike Schmidt is in spring camp for a month and is spending quality time with Ryan Howard.

Schmidt is working with the Phillies slugger on making more contact at the plate, especially late in games.

Howard hit only .143 after the sixth inning last year. He struck out 45 times in those 84 at-bats.

Schmidt says he's hoping Howard can put more balls in play and cut down on fouls that leave him in two-strike counts.

Outfield switch for Yankees?

Yankees outfielders Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner could be switching positions.

Granderson worked out in left field Thursday, and the speedy Gardnerson switched to center.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to play the pair together in upcoming spring training games.

Said Girardi: "I think it has a chance to help us a little bit, but I'm not really sure. ... That's why I've said from the beginning that I'm going to toy with it."

Union head cautions media

Baseball union head Michael Weiner said reporters should refrain from jumping to conclusions about media reports linking players to a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance- enhancing drugs.

Starting his annual tour of the 30 spring training camps, Weiner cautioned that Major League Baseball is still investigating Biogenesis of America, a defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. …