Phillies defeat Marlins, 12-6, but lose Spencer Howard to shoulder stiffness

For two-thirds of this pandemic-shortened season, the Phillies were lucky. Not only were they COVID-free, but they also avoided injuries. The rest of the National League East must have been so jealous.But now, in the midst of a meat grinder of a September schedule, they have lost two starting pitchers in a span of three days, a development that figures to test their depth at the most inopportune time.Spencer Howard became the latest to go down. Staked to a five-run lead and cruising right along Saturday night in Miami, the rookie right-hander left in the fourth inning of an eventual 12-6 victo…

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