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This wasn't a first offense for Rollins

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There are no curfews and no equipment requirements that Charlie Manuel. In fact, the Philadelphia Phillies manager has only two rules that he insists that his players follow: Be on time for gameday and hustle when you get there.

But when you break either one of those rules, the Phillies manager tends to get awfully upset.

And right now, there is only one notable repeat offender to Manuel's policy: shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

That's why Rollins was sat down for the third time in the last five seasons on Thursday after failing to run out a sixth-inning popup that was eventually dropped by Mets pitcher Jonathan Niese during Philadelphia's 3-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

"I asked him if he thought he ran to first base," Manuel said during his postgame press conference. "He gave me an answer like, 'No, not at the end,' or something like that. That's all that was said."

Rollins didn't add to that dialogue with the media, either. When approached by reporters before the team's charter flight to Atlanta, Rollins started walking out the back door near the clubhouse.

"Hell no," Rollins said. "He already told you what happened. There you go."

Phillies media relations personnel tried to get Rollins to make a statement or a comment, but he declined and left for the road trip.

This would be the fourth public dust-up between Rollins and Manuel about the manager's two rules. The first two took place in 2008 -- the first one on June 5 against the Reds for not hustling. The other was on July 24 in New York for being late to a game at Shea Stadium.

There was also an incident two weeks ago in Miami. Rollins didn't appear to bust out of the box on a ball hit deep in the hole at shortstop, instead jogging as Jose Reyes' throw beat him by three feet. Later, he peeled off instead of trying to bust up a double play in the eighth inning of a tie game.

After a conversation at the team's next stop in Milwaukee, Manuel decided not to bench Rollins.

That set the stage for Thursday.

"I just got to a place where it's a reflection on myself," Manuel said. "It's a reflection on our team. It reflects on our organization."
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