Fightin Phils celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees

Team back in town for start of 2nd homestand of 2013 season

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Published: Apr 26 2013 11:15:55 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 26 2013 06:14:01 PM EDT
READING, Pa. -

Some of the Fightin Phils players traded in their bats for shovels in an effort to make Baseballtown a little greener.

The team, along with the city of Reading and volunteers with the Reading Shade Tree Commission, celebrated Arbor Day on Friday by planting more than 40 trees around FirstEnergy Stadium and neighboring properties..

The planting will be followed by an Arbor Day ceremony at 1 p.m.

The trees were purchased through the state's Tree Vitalize program, officials said.

The Fightin Phils are back in town for the start of their second homestand of the season.

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will be in the lineup for a pair of rehab starts both Friday and Saturday.

Ruiz is currently in the midst of a 25-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance during the off-season. He'll be able to join the Phillies on Sunday when they play the New York Mets at Citi Field.

First pitch at FirstEnergy Stadium will be at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. Fireworks will follow both games.