First in a daily series of looks at the Philadelphia Phillies as opening day nears. The Phillies begin the season at 7:10 p.m. Monday at the Atlanta Braves.

The infield

Ryan Howard and Chase Utley gave Phillies fans a reason to be optimistic when they hit back-to-back home runs in a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

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After several injury-filled seasons, the Phillies’ infield appears healthy.

Howard has batted .329 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in spring training. The first baseman missed the first three months of last season with an Achilles’ tendon injury.

Chase Utley is hitting .291 with four home runs. The second baseman has been hampered by knee troubles for much of the past two seasons.

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.286 average) and third baseman and newcomer Michael Young (.273 average) have had solid albeit routine springs.

But the good news for the Phillies is for the first time since 2010, the infield appears settled and healthy as the season nears.

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies’ outfield.

Michael McGarry, Staff Writer, 609-272-7185

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