As focus centered on Roy Halladay off the field, Kyle Kendrick logged his most impressive start of the spring on it.

Kendrick pitched six innings, gave up only two hits and didn’t allow a run. He threw 88 total pitches, 68 of those coming in the game and the rest in the bullpen.

He looked good, he threw good. He mixed his pitches up good. He changed speeds good. his location was good,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. ”He was aggressive. He looked like he wanted to pitch.”

Kendrick will ramp it up to around 100 pitches in his next start, scheduled as of now for Monday at home against the Red Sox. Kendrick has arguably been the best Phillies pitcher this spring.

“That’s the best I’ve felt all spring with everything,” Kendrick said. “Felt good. It’s getting there.”

• Dom, Howard homer again: For Domonic Brown and Ryan Howard, it’s almost becoming news when they don’t hit a home run.

Both homered again in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory against the Yankees, and it was Brown’s second straight day with a home run.

Brown leads the team and both the Grapefruit League and Cactus League with six home runs, while Howard isn’t far behind with five.

Howard, who struggled with left-handed pitching last season, continued his assault on lefties this spring, as the home run came off of southpaw Josh Spence.

“The ball got deep on (Howard) a little bit,” Manuel said. “But at the same time, as strong as he is, he put a good power swing on it, he hit it strong.”