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The 25-Man roster is set as J.A. Happ, Jack Taschner and Miguel Cairo take the final roster spots.

They Phillies have announced that they will be giving the final two spots in the bullpen to J.A. Happ and Jack Taschner while they send Gary Majewski down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They will also be giving the final bench spot to infielder Miguel Cairo. With that, your 2009 defending World Champions Philadelphia Phillies look like this:

Catchers
Carlos Ruiz
Chris Coste

Infielders
Ryan Howard
Chase Utley
Pedro Feliz
Jimmy Rollins
Greg Dobbs
Miguel Cairo
Eric Bruntlett

Outfielders
Raul Ibanez
Shane Victorino
Jayson Werth
Matt Stairs

Staring Pitchers
Cole Hamels
Brett Myers
Jamie Moyer
Joe Blanton
Chan Ho Park

Relief Pitchers
J.A. Happ
Clay Condrey
Jack Taschner
Chad Durbin
Scott Eyre
Ryan Madson
Brad Lidge

…plus J.C. Romero, who will be returning later in the season from his stupid 50-game suspension, to retake his roster spot in the bullpen.

Although the team looks good and appear ready to defend the title, I still have this nagging question in the back of my head. Why are they putting Happ into the bullpen, where he has not done too well so far at the big league level, instead of Majewski? Let’s be honest, folks. Happ is a starter, no more, no less. He’s better off pitching some more at Lehigh Valley until something bad happens to one of the five starters, knock on wood, instead of the bullpen. I can only think that he’s up here just in case someone in the starting rotation blows it big time real early in the season. I am so hoping that I’m wrong and that Charlie Manuel and the brain-trust knows exactly what they are doing.

In other Phillies-related news, the Mets have just signed outfielder Gary Sheffield to a one-year, $400,000 deal. If Gary’s attitude is as bad as I’d been reading about during the past few days, our team has just bit the bullet by him signing elsewhere. As for the Mets, I hate to be in their clubhouse when he starts becoming disruptive.

Spring Training: Phillies lose their final Grapefruit League game in a 12-10 shoot out with the Nationals.

In their final Grapefruit League game, the Phillies lose a wild shoot out with the Washington Nationals, 12-10.

Jamie Moyer started the game for the Phils and, in four innings of work, got torched by the Nats for nine runs on eleven hits, including two home runs to Ryan Zimmerman, a solo shot in the third and two-run home run in the fourth, and a two-run home run to Austin Kearns, also in the fourth inning, and two walks while striking out three. Not a typical Moyer game, but hopefully he now has it out of his system before he goes on to face the Atlanta Braves this upcoming Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Clay Condrey followed for two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk as he struck out one. Chad Durbin then pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits while striking out one. Jack Taschner took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, a pair of solo home runs to Cristian Guzman and Alex Cintron, and two walks as he struck out one batter. Gary Majewski ended the game for the Phillies, pitching a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Taschner spring training record with the Phils is now 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

Among the batters, the Phils collected twelve hits. Pedro Feliz led the team with four hits, including a double and a solo home run in the second, as he knocked in three runs while scoring two. Ryan Howard and Matt Stairs both followed him with two hits apiece, with each man hitting a home run, with Howard’s being a two-run shot in the first, his tenth home run of the spring, while Stairs hit a three-run home run in the sixth. Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz had the other four Phillies’ hits, with Ruiz knocking in a run. Greg Dobbs had the Phils’ final RBI.

After the game, the Phillies took a chartered plane back home to Philadelphia, where they will play two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park against the 2008 American League Champions Tampa Bay Rays. The first of the two games is to be played tonight at 7:05 pm.

In other sports new, as the Villanova Wildcats prepare to meet the North Carolina Tar Heels in Detroit, Michigan, to get into the NCAA Championship Game, one of my three alma maters, the Penn State Nittany Lions Basketball Team yesterday defeated the Baylor Bears, 69-63, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to win the 2009 NIT Tournament. To say that I’m right now a very happy puma (not lion as the Nittany Lion is actually a Mountain Lion or Puma) is an understatement.

Spring Training: Brett Myers gives up just a run as the Phils flatten the Blue Jays, 9-1.

Last night, Brett Myers, the now designated opening night starter, showed that he was ready to take the mound next Sunday night, as he pitched a strong four innings, giving up only one run on three scattered hits, with the run coming in on a Travis Snider solo home run in the second inning, as he struck out three. Relievers J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson then followed him, each man pitching a scoreless inning, giving up just one hit between them (Romero) while striking out a batter (Madson). Jack Taschner, making his spring training debut as a Phil after his trade to the team, then came on to pitch an inning, giving up just one hit. Brad Lidge and Gary Majewski then pitched the final two innings for the Phils, with both man pitching 1-2-3 innings, striking out three batters between them (Lidge 2, Majewski 1). Myers got the win, with his spring record now at 2-2 with a 3.52 ERA. Hopefully, it’ll be the good Brett that will be making an appearance next Sunday night.

Batting-wise, the Phillies unloaded for nine runs and fifteen hits on Blue Jays’ pitching. Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz each collected two hits, while Eric Bruntlett, Chase Utley, Pablo Ozuna, Ryan Howard, Paul Hoover, Jason Ellison and Chris Coste got the other seven. Ibanez’ two hits were a double and a two-run home run, while both Rollins and Werth would also get doubles. Ibanez knocked in three of the Phils runs, Werth plated two, while Bruntlett, Howard, Ozuna and Matt Stairs each got an RBI, with Stairs’ RBI coming in when he was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded.

The Phillies next Grapefruit League game is this afternoon against the New York Yankees from George M. Steinbrenner Field, in Tampa, Florida. The game is presently in progress.

Spring Training: Chan Ho Park is announced as the fifth starter.

As the Phillies were releasing Geoff Jenkins, they also announced that they have made Chan Ho Park the fifth man in their starting rotation. With the announcement, that places J.A. Happ in competition with Gary Majewski, Jack Taschner and Bobby Mosebach for the two bullpens spots that are still open.

This means that the Phillies’ starting five are now Cole Hamels (ace), Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton and Park.

Last night, Phillies traded catcher Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner.

Last December, the Phillies had traded catching prospect Jason Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ronny Paulino, who they hoped would be able to challenge, if not win, the second catcher job from fan favorite Chris Coste. Sadly, for Paulino, his spring training average would show otherwise as he batted only .194 (6 for 31) in thirteen Grapefruit League games with only two doubles and a home run while striking out twelve times. Although Coste didn’t do any better with his at-bats, the Phillies have decided to go with the known quantity instead of the unknown and had put Paulino out as trade bait several days ago. Last night they got a nibble as the Giants had traded to them left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner for Paulino.

Although Taschner is having just as bad a spring pitching for the Giants in the Cactus League (6.23 ERA in eight and two-thirds inning), the Phils thinks that he is the man that they need for their bullpen right now. While pitching for the Giants last year, Taschner went 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in fourty-eight innings as he appeared in 67 games. Career-wise, in four seasons in the big leagues, all with the Giants, Taschner has a career record of  8-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 140 innings as he pitched in 178 games, all in relief.

With the trade, the Phillies now have two left-handers coming out of the bullpen as they wait for J.C. Romero’s return from his soon to be served 50 games suspension. The trade may also have an influence on the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation, as its more than likely now that the left-hander J.A. Happ will either be declared the winner of the battle, over right-hander Chan Ho Park, or he will be sent down to the Lehigh Valley Triple-A team and will be the first pitcher to be called up if any of the members of the starting rotation is either injured or have a melt down. Only time will tell.

My thoughts on the trade? I think it’s a good strategic move on the Phillies’ part. The Phils have moved someone who they saw during spring training couldn’t cut it while getting in return a temporary, veteran, second left-handed arm to go along with their left-handed relief specialist Scott Eyre while they wait for J.C. Romero to come back from his enforced exile, thus preventing the kind of situations with Eyre like had just happened to him this past Thursday against the Yankees. Hopefully, Traschner will be good enough during that 50 games period that he makes it hard for the Phils to let him go when that happens. I would just love to see what the Phils will do if that happens. :)

Last night, Phillies traded catcher Ronny Paulino to the Giants for left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner.

Last December, the Phillies had traded catching prospect Jason Jaramillo to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Ronny Paulino, who they hoped would be able to challenge, if not win, the second catcher job from fan favorite Chris Coste. Sadly, for Paulino, his spring training average would show otherwise as he batted only .194 (6 for 31) in thirteen Grapefruit League games with only two doubles and a home run while striking out twelve times. Although Coste didn’t do any better with his at-bats, the Phillies have decided to go with the known quantity instead of the unknown and had put Paulino out as trade bait several days ago. Last night they got a nibble as the Giants had traded to them left-handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner for Paulino.

Although Taschner is having just as bad a spring pitching for the Giants in the Cactus League (6.23 ERA in eight and two-thirds inning), the Phils thinks that he is the man that they need for their bullpen right now. While pitching for the Giants last year, Taschner went 3-2 with a 4.88 ERA in fourty-eight innings as he appeared in 67 games. Career-wise, in four seasons in the big leagues, all with the Giants, Taschner has a career record of  8-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 140 innings as he pitched in 178 games, all in relief.

With the trade, the Phillies now have two left-handers coming out of the bullpen as they wait for J.C. Romero’s return from his soon to be served 50 games suspension. The trade may also have an influence on the battle for the final spot in the starting rotation, as its more than likely now that the left-hander J.A. Happ will either be declared the winner of the battle, over right-hander Chan Ho Park, or he will be sent down to the Lehigh Valley Triple-A team and will be the first pitcher to be called up if any of the members of the starting rotation is either injured or have a melt down. Only time will tell.

My thoughts on the trade? I think it’s a good strategic move on the Phillies’ part. The Phils have moved someone who they saw during spring training couldn’t cut it while getting in return a temporary, veteran, second left-handed arm to go along with their left-handed relief specialist Scott Eyre while they wait for J.C. Romero to come back from his enforced exile, thus preventing the kind of situations with Eyre like had just happened to him this past Thursday against the Yankees. Hopefully, Traschner will be good enough during that 50 games period that he makes it hard for the Phils to let him go when that happens. I would just love to see what the Phils will do if that happens. :)

Road trip ends on a low note as the Phillies’ bullpen let one get away.

The Phillies leave San Francisco on a low note as they lose to the Giants, 4-3, as the bullpen is unable to hold the lead. The Giants score first in the second inning as Phils’ starter Adam Eaton gives up a RBI single to John Bowker, knocking in Bengie Molina, who has singled earlier. The Phillies would tie it in the top of the fourth on a bases loaded walk to Eaton by Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked. The Giants would regain the lead on a double play ground ball by Jose Castillo, scoring Molina, who has earlier doubled. The Phils would then tie the game in the top of the fifth on a Ryan Howard RBI triple, scoring Chase Utley, who has earlier walked. The Giants would then take out Sanchez and replace him with Billy Sadler. Burrell would hit a sacrifice fly off of Sadler, scoring Howard and giving the Fightin’ a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the sixth the Giants would threathen with two hit batmens, and a double, before Chad Durbin, who has replaced Eaton, would get out of the inning with a line drive double play ball, and after an intentional walk, striking out Ray Durham. Then in the seventh, the Giants would retake the lead for good as J.C. Romero, with two outs, gives up a two-run home run to Steve Holm, his first of the year, knocking in Randy Winn, who has earlier reached base on a single. That would be how the game ends, as Giants’ closer Brian Wilson would get a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording save number eleven.

Phils’ starter Adam Eaton would receive yet another no-decision, his seventh of the year, as he goes five innings and two batters, giving up two earned runs on five hits, while hitting a batter. Chad Durbin would pitch an inning, giving up no runs and no hits, while also hitting a batter. J.C. Romero, the losing pitcher, would go one inning, giving up two earned runs on two hits. His record is now 3-1, as his ERA goes up to 1.76. Tom Gordon would also pitched an inning, giving up no runs on one hit. Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez would only go four and one-third inning, giving up three earned runs on four hits. Billy Sadler would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on no hit. Jack Taschner is the Giants’ winning pitcher, as he goes one inning, giving up no runs on one hit. His record is now 2-0, with a 3.86 ERA. Tyler Walker would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on no hit. Brian Wilson would pitch a 1-2-3 inning, giving up no runs or hits, as he records his eleventh save of the year.

The Phils comes back home, with a 3-4 road trip and once again in third place in the National League East, three games behind the Marlins, who earlier had defeated the Nationals, and trailing the New York Mets by .005 percentage points, as they had also won. The Phils are a game ahead of the Braves, as their game with the Pirates was postponed because of rain.

The now third place Phillies (21-18) will have the day off tomorrow as they prepare to face for the first time this season the fourth place Atlanta Braves (18-17) at Citizens Bank Park for a three game set. The first game of the series will be played Tuesday night at 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 4.93), who is coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on May 7, where he went six innings, giving up three earned runs on ten hits in the Phils’ 5-4 come from behind win. Kendrick will be looking to improve his record. He will be opposed by Jo-Jo Reyes (1-0, 2.25). Reyes was taken out of his last game against the Padres on May 8, with a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand. He had pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on five hits, in the Braves’ 5-4 win. In his previous start, he defeated the Cincinnati Reds on May 3, giving up one earned run on four hits in five and one-third innings of work in the Braves’ 9-1 win. He will be looking for his second win of the season. The Phils will be looking to regain their winning ways against the once streaking Braves.

Rollins returns to the lineup, help lead the Phils to victory over the Giants.

Jimmy Roland returns to the Phils’ starting lineup last night, and with his bat help lead the Phils to a 7-4 win over the Giants, keeping them a game behind the Marlins, who also won. Rollins would go 3-5 in his first game back, with a single, a double, and a home run and three RBIs.

The Phils would score first in the second inning as Carlos Ruiz hits a RBI single off of Pat Misch, scoring Pat Burrell, who has earlier walked, taking a 1-0 lead. The Giants would tie it in the bottom of the third, as Fred Lewis gets a RBI single off of Cole Hamels, knocking in Emmanuel Burriss, who has earlier singled. The Giants would then take a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and two out, Hamels would give up a RBI infield single off of Rollins’ glove to Eugenio Velez, scoring Randy Winn, who has earlier doubled. Burriss would follow up with a RBI triple, driving in Rich Aurilia, who has earlier been intentionally walked, and Velez. After giving up a walk to Misch, Hamels would get the final out, ending the inning. The Phils would then strike back in the top of the fifth as Rollins hits a two-run home run off of Misch, his third home run of the year, knocking in Hamels, who has earlier reached base on a pop fly single, making it 4-3 Giants. The Phils would then tie it in the sixth as Pedro Feliz hits a RBI double, scoring Ryan Howard, who has earlier singled. Then in the eighth, the Fightin’s would erupt for three runs off of Giants’ reliever Tyler Walker to take the lead. With one out and with runners on second and third, So Taguchi, who has earlier come into the game as a pinch runner for Burrell, who has walked earlier, would score on a fielder choice ground ball hit by Ruiz, crossing the plate as the throw comes in late. Then Greg Dobbs, who was pinch hitting for Hamels, would hit a RBI single, scoring Jayson Werth, who has singled earlier. Rollins would then hit a RBI double, scoring Ruiz, and giving the Phils a 7-4 lead. Tom Gordon would then hold off the Giants in the bottom of the eighth, and Brad Lidge would come in to pitched the ninth to record his ninth save of the year, striking out three of the four Giants he would face.

The Phils’ winning pitcher would be Cole Hamels, who would pitch seven innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits and striking out seven Giants. His record is now 4-3, with an ERA of 3.36. Tom Gordon would pitch one inning, giving up no hits and no runs, while walking two. Brad Lidge would also pitch one inning as he records his ninth save, giving up no runs on one hit and striking out the side. The Giants’ starter, Pat Misch, would receive a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits. Jack Taschner would pitch one inning in relief, giving up no runs on one hit. Tyler Walker would take the lost, as he pitched one third of an inning, giving up three earned runs on two hits. His record drops to 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA. Keiichi Yabu would pitch the last one and two third innings for the Giants, giving up no runs on one hit.

The second place Phils (21-16) continues their series at AT&T Park against the Giants (14-22) this afternoon at 4:05 pm Eastern (1:05 pm Pacific). The Phils’ starting pitcher will be Jamie Moyer (2-2, 4.15), who last pitched on May 5, winning against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching seven innings, as he give up two earned runs on six hits in the Phils’ 11-4 win. His opponent will be Tim Lincecum (4-1, 1.49), who received a no-decision in his last start against the Phils back on May 4. He pitched six innings, giving up four run, none earned, on six hits in the Giants’ 6-5 lost to the Phils.

The Phils hope to stay pace with the first place Marlins, who defeated the Nationals, and stay a game and a half ahead of the Mets, whose game with the Reds was postponed due to rain, and the Braves, whose six game winning streak was snapped by a lost to the Pirates.

The Phils stay in first place as they win in the ninth inning on second baseman’s fielding error.

The Phils have avoided going into their third straight extra-innings game as they defeated the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the ninth with two out on second baseman Eugenio Velez’s throwing error, 6-5. The Phils would score the game’s first runs in the bottom of the third inning on a two-run double by Pat Burrell, off of Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum, scoring Shane Victorino, who has earlier reached base on a Emmanuel Burriss error, and Eric Bruntlett, who has singled. The Giants would tie it up in the fourth off of Phils’ starter Cole Hamels, on a RBI single by Jose Castillo, which scored Burriss, who has earlier singled, and then a RBI double by Rich Aurilia, scoring Burriss. The Fightin’s would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth off of Lincecum. The first one would come off of a wild pitch by Lincecum, which scores Victorino, who has earlier singled. The Phils second run of the inning would come on a Geoff Jenkins sacrifice fly, scoring Bruntlett, who has reached base on a Castillo throwing error when he tried to force out Victorino at second base earlier in the inning. The Giants would respond by scoring two more runs of their own off of Hamels as Aurilia hits a two-run home run, his third of the season, with Aaron Rowand aboard, who has earlier singled. Both teams starters would then be taken out of the ballgame for pitch hitters, with both getting a no-decision. Hamels would give up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out five, while Giants’ starter Lincecum would also give up four runs, none earned, on six hits while also striking out five. The Phils now find themselves involved in their four straight game which would be decided by each sides’ bullpens. The Phils would first send out Chad Durbin for two innings. After having an easy seventh inning, Durbin would give up a run in the eighth. After getting two out, he would give up a single to Rowand, and then a RBI triple to Castillo, which scores Rowand, before he finally ends the inning with a fly out, after intentionally walking a batter. The Giants would counter with Jack Taschner for one-third of an inning, and then Vinnie Chulk for one and two-third innings, with Chulk giving up a solo home run to Carlos Ruiz, his first home run of the year, which would tie the game once again, this time at 5-5. The Phils would then send their closer Brad Lidge to pitch the ninth. Lidge would have an easy 1-2-3 inning. The Giants would send in Keiichi Yabu to pitch their half of the ninth. After getting the first two Phillies’ batters out, he would walk first Ryan Howard and then Burrell. He would then get Jenkins to hit a grounder to Velez, but Velez would misplay the ball, letting it go under his glove, thus allowing Howard to score the winning run, giving the Phillies a 6-5 win.

The Phils’ (18-14) winning pitcher is Lidge, who went one inning, giving up no hits and no run. His record is now 1-0, with his ERA still at 0.00. The Giants’ (14-18) losing pitcher is Yabu, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on no hits, as his record falls to 2-2, with his ERA still at 2.95.

The victory was Charlie Manuel’s 500th as a Manager.

The Phils finished the homestand winning both series, with a combined record of 4-2. They are still leading the National League East by .5 games over the Marlins, who have earlier won their game, and at the moment by a full game over the Mets, who are presently winning their game.

The Phillies next game is on the road, where they will play the National League Western Division leading Arizona Diamondbacks (21-9) who presently have the best record in baseball. Their next game will be played tomorrow at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona at 9:40 pm Eastern. The Phils’ starter will be Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.50) who is still looking for his second win of the year. He will be facing Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00) who is pitching in his second major league game and will be making his first career start.

Myers pitches well in a no-decision, the Phils lose in extra-innings as bats are silent.

Brett Myers goes seven innings for the Phils last night, giving up two earned on six hits while striking out ten Giants in a no-decision. Myers seems to have gotten the zip back in his fastball, as he effectively used it and the rest of his arsenal to keep San Francisco off of the scoreboard for most of the game. The Giants would take a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Randy Winn, scoring Fred Lewis who has started the game off with a walk and then later stole second, the first of four for the Giants, which would have dire consequences later in the ballgame for the Phillies. The Phils would tie the game up in the fourth inning on a solo home-run by Chase Utley, his league leading thirteenth of the season, off of Giants’ starter, Matt Cain. The Giants would retake the lead in the top of the fifth, when Lewis hits a solo shot of his own off of Myers, his third of the year. The Phils would then retie it in their half of the fifth, as Geoff Jenkins hits his second home run of the year off of Cain, who would eventually pitch seven full innings, giving up two earned runs, both on solo home runs, on three hits, while striking out eight Phils, as he also ended up receiving a no decision. After that, the game would remain tied, with both Myers and Cain being lifted for pitch hitters, as the Phils would be involved in their third straight game where the game would be decided by the opposing bullpens, as well as their second straight extra-innings affair. Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge would each pitch an inning for the Phils, giving up only one hit, while the Giants would counter with Tyler Walker and Jack Taschner, who both kept the Phils hitless, thus sending the game into extra innings. In the top half of the tenth, Rudy Seanez, who was now pitching for the Phils, got into trouble as, with one out, he gives up a single to Winn, who would then steal second. Bengie Molina would then drive in Winn with an RBI single. After striking out Aaron Rowand, Seanez would give up singles to John Bowker and Rich Aurilia to load the bases. Seanez would get out of the inning with no further damage by getting Jose Costillo to hit into a force out. Brian Wilson would be given the ball by the Ginats with Pat Burrell, the previous night’s hero, being the first person to face him. Burrell was able to work a walk, but that would be the best the Phils would be able to do against Wilson as he would get a force play, a strike out and a ground out to end the game and record his league leading tenth save of the year.

The Phils waste a good outing by Brett Myers as San Francisco pitching kept the Phils’ bats quiet by giving up only three hits in ten innings, while striking out ten Phils. The Phils’ losing pitcher is Seanez who is now 2-2 with a 1.64 ERA. The winning pitcher for the Giants is Jack Taschner who’s record is now 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA.

Despite the lost, the Phils are still leading both the Mets and the Marlins by .5 games in the National League East standings as both teams have also lost last night.

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