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Donnellon: Matt Stairs has Phillies' hitters' ears, vice versa

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Tommy Joseph is 25, with 107 major league games under his belt. This spring, he is a teacher. Not intentionally, not because he wants to be, but because his new hitting coach has pretty much forced him to be.

"He's got one of those attitudes where he always wants to learn," the Phillies' first baseman was saying of Matt Stairs. "He's trying to learn from us. He's got a sense of pride when it comes to his work, and how he handles himself around us. You can tell he cares. He wants to be here.