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The Phils end their Grapefruit League season on a sour note as they are shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end their Grapefruit League portion of spring training on a low note as they end up being shutout for the second straight game as they lose to the Blue Jays, 3-0.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Dioner Navarro hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Emilio Guerrero, who was pinch running for Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base as Adam Lind struck out, swinging, then went to third on catcher Carlos Ruiz’s throwing error as he tried to throw Guerrero out, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays added insurance runs in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Gabe Jacobo hits a two-run single, knocking in Josh Thole, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Guerrero’s single, then went to third base on Jonathan Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, and Guerrero, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Diaz’s sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, before moving up to second base on left fielder Leandro Castro’s throwing error to the plate. That would end up being the final score as Wil Browning collected the save as he ended a Phils’ threat as they loaded up the bases with Reid Brignac being hit by a pitch, before stealing second base, a walk to Edgar Duran, and a walk to Clete Thomas, and with two men out, as he struck out Koyie Hill, looking, for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-3, 6.05) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out six. Jonathan Pettibone pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Mario Hollands pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on a hit and a walk. Justin De Fratus pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 1.80) got the win as he threw five and a third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and three walks, while striking out three. Brett Cecil collected his third hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, as he retired both batters that he would faced. Casey Janssen received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Marcus Walden also received his first hold of the spring as he also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Wil Browning received his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up two walks and a hit batter, while striking out the side.

The Phils had only one hit in the game, a fourth inning single by Jimmy Rollins. The Phils also had five walks (Ryan Howard, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry, Jr. Edgar Duran, Clete Thomas), a hit batter (Reid Brignac) and two stolen bases (Rollins (3), Brignac (1)) in the game, while the defense committed two errors (Carlos Ruiz, Leandro Castro).

The next Phils (9-17-3) game will be the first of two against the Pittsburgh Pirates for the On-Deck Series at Citizens Bank Park. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT tomorrow night. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 4.09) while the Pirates will counter with Charlie Morton (1-1, 1.13). The Phils hope to do well in these last two spring training games.

The Phils three-game winning streak come to an end as they are two-hit by the Tigers, losing 1-0

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ winning streak ends at three games as they get two-hit by the Tigers, losing 1-0.

The Tigers take the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Miguel Cabrera hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ian Kinsler, who had just tripled, as the Tigers take a 1-0 lead. That would hold up as the final score as Cliff Lee and the Phils’ bullpen would only give up nine more hits and a walk in the game, while the Tigers’ pitching staff would keep the Phils’ offense grounded, giving up only two hits, both singles, and three walks in the game.

Cliff Lee (1-2, 2.55) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Phillippe Aumont, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Rosenberg (2)) between them, while striking out 4 (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Diekman (2)). Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw six and a third shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. Phil Coke collected his fourth hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Al Alburquerque received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Blaine Hardy collected his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.

The Phils had only two hits in the game, both singles, a two-out single in the first by Chase Utley and a two-out single in the eighth by Wil Nieves. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Ryan Howard, Reid Brignac (2)), while the defense committed two errors (Howard, Cesar Hernandez), had an outfield assist (Clete Thomas), and performed three double plays, while Cliff Lee picked off a runner.

The Phils (9-16-3) will play their last Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (13-13). The game will be played at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, and is to start at 1:05 PM EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (1-2, 7.53) while the Blue Jays will counter with Drew Hutchison (0-1, 2.79). The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a good note, before heading north for their final two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park with the Pirates.

The Phils win their third straight Grapefruit League game as they blank the Yankees, 6-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win their third straight spring training game as they throw a goose egg at the Bronx Bombers, defeating the Yankees, 6-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Bobby Abreu hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier reach base on third baseman Kelly Johnson’s fielding error, his second of the inning, before moving up to second base as Dom Brown, who had started the inning off by reaching base on third baseman Johnson’s first fielding error of the inning, is thrown out at third base as he tried to score on the error, 7-2, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the third as, with two men out, Ryan Howard hits a solo home run, his third home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead one batter later as Marlon Byrd follows with a solo home run of his own, his second home run of the spring. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the sixth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Brown hits an RBI single, scoring Byrd, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Phils then took a 5-0 lead one batter later as, after Brown had stolen second base, and with still one man out, Ruiz hits an RBI single, knocking in Brown. The Phils then made it a 6-0 lead in the top of the ninth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Edgar Duran, who had earlier singled, then went to third base on John Mayberry, Jr’s single. That would end up being the final score as Barry Enright pitched a scoreless ninth, getting Yangervis Solarte to pop out to the third baseman for the final out.

Jeff Manship (2-0, 1.80) gets the win as he pitched four shutout innings, giving up five hits, while striking out two. Mike Adams received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus, Brad Lincoln, Shawn Camp and Barry Enright combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Lincoln (1), Enright (1)) and a walk (Lincoln) between them, while striking out five (De Fratus (1), Lincoln (2), Camp (1), Enright (1)). Adam Warren pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. David Phelps (1-1, 2.61) took the lost as he gave up an unearned run on a hit, and two errors. Vidal Nuno pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. David Robertson and Matt Thorton combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Robertson) between them, while striking out one (Thorton). Shane Greene pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Shawn Kelley and David Herndon would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Kelley) and two walks (Herndon) between them, while striking out a batter (Kelley). Matt Daley pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Marlon Byrd leading the team with two hits, a double and a solo home run. Ben Revere (Single), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Single, RBI), Bobby Abreu (Single, RBI), Edgar Duran (Single) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the final Phil run with a sac fly. The Phils also had five walks (Revere, Howard, Ruiz, Abreu, Cody Asche) and two stolen bases (Revere (6), Brown (2)) in the game.

The Phils (9-15-3) next spring training game is with the Tigers (12-12) in a game already in progress.

The Phils defeat the Blue Jays in a rain-shorten game, winning 6-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils win a rain-shorten game with the Blue Jays to win their second straight spring training game, winning by the score of 6-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Ryan Howard and Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a walk to John Mayberry, Jr., moving up both runners, and with nobody out, Cody Asche hits into a 3-6 force out, scoring Howard, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Brown stops at second base, and Mayberry is wiped out at second base for the inning’s first out, as Asche ends up safe at first. The Phils then made it a 2-0 lead as Cameron Rupp follows with an RBI ground out, 5-3, knocking in Brown, while moving Asche up to second base. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via singles by Mayberry and Asche, with Mayberry stopping at second base, and a walk to Rupp, moving up both runners, and with one man out,  Tony Gwynn, Jr.  hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead one batter later as, with two men on, and now with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Asche, while sending Rupp up to second base. The Blue Jays get a run back in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki, who was pinch running for Brett Lawrie, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 4-3 Phils lead as, with two men on, via a lead-off single by Gabe Jacobo, and a single by Josh Thole, moving Jacobo up to second base, and with nobody out, Brett Carroll hits a two-run double, knocking in both Jacobo and Thole, before being thrown out at third base, as he tried to stretch it into a triple, 8-6-5, for the inning’s first out. The Phils would get a run back in the top of the eighth as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Rupp hits an RBI double, knocking in Mayberry, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Reid Brignac’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. The Phils then made it a 6-3 lead as Gwynn follows with an RBI double, scoring Rupp. That would end up before the final score as, with still only one man out, the game would first be stopped and then be called an official game because of the rain.

Dave Buchanan (1-1, 2.25) gets the win as he pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out two. Mario Hollands collected his first hold of the spring as he threw one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Phillippe Aumont received his third hold of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Greg Smith pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Hector Neris collected his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Brandon Morrow (0-2, 9.00) took the lost a he pitched five innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. Jeremy Jeffress and Casey Janssen  combined for two scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Jeffress (1), Janssen (2)) between them, while striking out a batter (Jeffress). Sergio Santos pitched to one batter, being unable to get him out, as he gave up a run on a hit. Tony Davis pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits.

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. (Singles) and Cody Asche (Singles, RBI), both leading the team with two hits each. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Cameron Rupp (Double, 2 RBIs), Tony Gwynn, Jr, (Double, 2 RBIs), Edgar Duran (Single) and Cesar Hernandez (Single), had the other seven Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Mayberry, Rupp), a stolen base (Rollins (2)) and a sacrifice fly (Gwynn), in the game, while the defense had an outfield assist (Gwynn).

The Phils (8-15-3) will play their next spring training game against the Yankees (15-10) at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The game is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will start Jeff Manship (1-0, 2.25) while the Yankees’ starter is still to be announced. The Phils will be trying for their third straight Grapefruit League win, as spring training gets closer to the end.

The Phils hang on to win their third grapefruit league game as they defeat the Orioles, 6-5.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils hold on to win their third spring training game as they beat the Orioles, 6-5.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Ben Revere, a walk by Freddy Galvis, moving Revere up to second base, a ground out by Chase Utley, 3-unassisted, moving both runners up a base, and a walk by Ryan Howard, and with two men out, Dom Brown hits a bases clearing triple, knocking in Revere, Galvis and Howard, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils would add to their lead in the top of the second as, with a runner on third, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, scoring Revere, who had just tripled, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. The Orioles would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with nobody out, Ryan Flaherty hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Chris Davis, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at third base on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead, while moving Cruz, who had earlier doubled, up to third base. The Phils would get that run back in the top of the fourth as, with men on second and third, and with nobody out, Maikel Franco hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a single, then would stop at third base on Bobby Abreu’s double, giving the Phils a 5-1 lead, while sending Abreu, who had just doubled, on to third base. The Phils then took a 6-1 lead as Revere hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Abreu. The Orioles would cut the Phils’ lead down in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Nolan Reimold hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Steve Clevenger, who had started the inning off with a walk, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead. The Orioles then made it a 6-5 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the ninth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Alex Gonzalez hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the spring, scoring Michael Almanzar, who had started the inning off with a walk. But that would end up being the final score as Cesar Jimenez recorded his first save of the spring by getting Xavier Paul to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.

A.J. Burnett (1-2, 10.o0) got the win as he pitched four innings, plus two batters, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. Shawn Camp pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter.  Phillippe Aumont collected his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk. Kevin Munson received his first hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Cesar Jimenez collected his first save of the spring as he went two innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 9.00) took the lost as he went two innings, giving up four runs on four hits and three walks. Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Eduardo Rodriguez threw two innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out a batter. Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson and Kelvin De La Cruz combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and four walks (O’Day (1), Johnson (1), De La Cruz (2), while striking out three (O’Day (1), De La Cruz (2)) between them.

The Phils had twelve hits in the game with Ben Revere (Single, Triple, RBI) and Bobby Abreu (Double, Triple) both leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Chase Utley (Single), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Triple, 3 RBIs), Cameron Rupp (Single), Maikel Franco (Single, RBI), Kevin Frandsen (Single) and Tyson Gillies (Double), had the other eight Phils’ hits. The Phils also had seven walks (Revere, Galvis, Howard, Darin Ruf, Abreu, Ronny Cedeno, Clete Thomas) and a sacrifice fly (Revere), while the defense performed three doubleplays.

The Phils (3-10-2) play their next Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon against the Yankees (7-5). The game is to start at 1:05 pm. The Phils’ starter is still to be determined, while the Yanks plan to start Ivan Nova (1-0, 5.40). The Phils will be trying for their first two-game winning streak of the spring.

The Phils let another game slip away as they lose to the Yankees, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs their split-squad game with the Tigers is rained out, the Phils lose their other split-squad game with the Yankees as the bullpen allow three runs to score late in the game, as they lose 4-3.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third as Ramon Flores hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Freddy Glavis hits a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would add to their lead one batter later as John Mayberry, Jr. follow with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Yankees would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adonis Garcia hits an RBI single, knocking in Scott Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Yankees would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI double, knocking in Gary Sanchez, who had started the inning off with a single, before going on to third base on shortstop Andres Blanco’s missed catch error of the throw into the infield. The Yankees then took the lead two batters later, after Sizemore had walked, as Flores hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pirela, giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Montgomery recording his first save of the spring.

Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon and Mario Hollands combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Jeremy Horst collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Phillippe Aumont blew his first save of the spring before taking the lost (0-2, 6.75) as he threw an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Masahiro Tanaka pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Bruce Billings pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Leroux pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. while striking out two. Danny Burawa (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Fred Lewis received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning and a third. Mark Montgomery collected his first save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits (Double, Home Run, RBI), with Freddy Glavis (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Double) having the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had one walk (Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Andres Blanco) and a passed ball (Lou Marson).

The Phils (1-7-1) play their next Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Orioles (4-2) at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils plan to send to the mound A.J. Burnett while the Orioles plan to counter with Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Phils’ first game of the Grapefruit League is over…

Philadelphia_Phillies…and sadly, thanks to the game being called before the start of the bottom half of the seventh inning because of rain, the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 4-3.

The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the first inning against Phils’ starter Roberto Hernandez as, with two men out, and with nobody on base, Jose Bautista hits a solo home run to left field, his first home run of spring training, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the first, as, with two men on, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single off of J.A. Happ, knocking in lead-off man Ben Revere, who had started the Phils’ Grapefruit League season with a single, then moved up to second base on Happ’s wild pitch, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, over to third base. The Phils then took a 2-1 lead as Marlon Byrd followed with an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while moving Howard up to second base. The Blue Jays would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the second inning as, with a man on second, and with nobody out, Colby Rasmus hits an RBI double, scoring Brett Lawrie, who had started the inning off with a double. The Blue Jays would take the lead in the top of the third inning, as with two men on, and with one man out, Adam Lind hits an RBI single off of Phillippe Aumont, knocking in Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Bautista’s walk, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead, while moving Bautista, who had just walked, up to second base. One batter later, after Aumont’s wild pitch had moved both runners up a base, Lawrie hits into an RBI groundout, 1-3, bringing home Bautista, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead, while moving Lind up to third base. The Phils would cut the Blue Jays’ lead down to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning as, with one man on, and with one man out, Ronny Cedeno hits an RBI double off of Kyle Drabek, scoring Tony Gwynn, Jr., who had just walked. That would end up being the final score, as it started to rain in Clearwater before the Phils could bat in their half of the seventh inning, and after a while, the game was called.

Roberto Hernandez pitched two innings for the Phils, giving up two runs on four hits. Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch. Jeff Manship, Antonio Bastardo and Kevin Munson combined for four scoreless innings, giving up three hits (one hit each) and a walk (Munson), while striking out five (Manship (3), Bastardo (1), Munson (1)). J.A. Happ pitched an inning for the Blue Jays, giving up two runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch. Todd Redmond (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw two scoreless innings, striking out a batter. Kyle Drabek pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, striking out a batter. Neil Wagner pitched an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out three batters. Chad Jenkins recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only batter whom he would face.

The Phils would end the game with five hits, a single by Ben Revere, an RBI single by Ryan Howard, an RBI single by Marlon Byrd, a single by Dom Brown and an RBI double by Ronny Cedeno. The Phils also had five walks in the game (Jimmy Rollins, Bobby Abreu (2), Tony Gwynn, Jr., Darin Ruf). The defense would commit an error (throwing error by third baseman Maikel Franco) and a doubleplay (6-4-3) in the game.

The Phils’ next Grapefruit League game will be tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Florida at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils’ starter is suppose to be Cliff Lee (14-8, 2.87 (2013)), while the Blue Jays’ starter is suppose to be R.A. Dickey (14-13, 4.21 (2013)). Hopefully the final outcome will be difference tomorrow.

Since my last post….

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils officially started spring training on Thursday, February 13, as pitchers and catchers arrived at Clearwater, followed this week by the rest of the squad, although a large number of players had been at Clearwater during the off-season, getting ready for the 2014 season, especially first baseman Ryan Howard, who has been trying to get back into playing shape.

On Friday, February 14, former ballplayer and ex-Phil manager Jim Fregosi passed away at age 71 from multiple strokes. Fregosi, who broke into major league baseball as a shortstop in September 1961, had an 18-year career playing for the Los Angeles/California Angels, the New York Mets, the Texas Ranger and the Pittsburgh Pirates. A six-time All-Star and a gold glove winner (1967), he would play in 1902 games, having a .265 career batting average (1726 for 6523) as he hit 264 2Bs, 78 3Bs and 151 HRs, knocking in 706 RBIs, while scoring 844 times. He would also walk 715 times. After retiring from baseball during the 1978 season, he would be hired as the manager of the team that he had begun his playing career, the Angels, starting a career that would end in 2000, during which he would be the manager of the Angels (1978-1981), the Chicago White Sox (1986-1988), the Philadelphia Phillies (1991-1996) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2000), compiling a managerial record of 1028-1094 .484, as he managed a total of 2122 games. He would lead the Angels into the playoffs in 1979 as they won the American League West, but losing the AL Championship Series, 3-1, to the Orioles, and he would lead the Phils in 1993 to the World Series, before losing the series, 4-2, to the Blue Jays.

On the 16, the Phils finalized their one-year deal with A.J. Burnett, in which they would give the veteran pitcher $15 million dollars plus a $1 million buyout on a mutual option for 2015. Burnett also has a player option for $7.5 million if he exercises his option. With the buyout options and other incentives, Burnett could end up receiving a two-year contract worth $ 33.5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause, in which he would have to sign off on any possible trade involving nine other teams. In order to make room for Burnett on their roster, the Phils placed left-handed reliever Joe Savery on waviers, awaiting reassignment. On Monday the 17, the A’s picked Savery off of waivers. Selected by the Phils in the first round of the draft back in 2007, Savery has pitched for the Phils for parts of three seasons (2011-2013), appearing in 41 games, with a 3-2 record and a 3.15 ERA, as he pitched in 47.2 innings, giving up 42 hits and 28 runs, 22 of which were earned, as he struck out 32 batters, while walking 19.

As spring training continues, former Phil Roy Holladay has come to camp as a special pitching instructor, offering advice to the team’s younger players. Hopefully they’ll listen to the future Hall of Famer.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

The Phils take the series from the Bucos as they defeat the Pirates, 6-4.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ offense give Cole Hamels his third win of the season as they defeat the NL Central leading Pirates, 6-4.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third as, with runners on second and third, and with two men out, Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run single, knocking in Starling Marte, who had earlier singled, reached second base on Jose Tabata infield single, before reaching third on second baseman Chase Utley’s missed catch error, and Tabata, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on Utley’s error, giving the Pirates a 2-0 lead. The Phils cut the Pirates’ lead in half in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ben Revere hits an RBI single, knocking in Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Cole Hamels’ sacrifice bunt, 1-4, making it a 2-1 Pirates’ lead, before he moved up to third base on center fielder McCurchen’s throwing error to the plate. The Phils then tied the game up at two-all in the top of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a walk by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, with Howard stopping at second base, and a single by Delmon Young, with both Howard and Brown moving up a base, and with one man out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Howard, and moving both Brown and D. Young up a base, leaving the bases loaded. The Phils then took the lead as Ruiz hits a two-run single, knocking in Brown and D. Young, giving the Phils a 4-2 lead, while sending Frandsen up to third base. The Phils then made it a 5-2 lead two batters later, after reloading the bases as Hamels is hit by the pitch, moving Ruiz up to second base, as Revere hits into an RBI force out, 6-unassisted, as Frandsen scores while Ruiz is tagged out by shortstop Clint Barmes, for the inning’s second out, while Hamels reaches second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the eighth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, pinch-hitter Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in D. Young, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base as Frandsen is hit by a pitch, then moved up to third on Ruiz’s sacrifice bunt, 2-3, giving the Phils a 6-2 lead. The Pirates got a run back in the bottom of the eighth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Garrett Jones hits an RBI single, knocking in Jordy Mercer, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Marte’s single, making it a 6-3 Phils’ lead, while sending Marte, who had just singled, on to third base. The Pirates then made it a 6-4 Phils’ lead as McCutchen hits into a 5-4-3 double play, wiping out Jones at second base for the inning’s second out, as Marte scored. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the season as he threw a scoreless ninth.

Cole Hamel (3-11, 4.38) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, as he struck out eight. Justin De Fratus pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits. Jonathan Papelbon collected his seventeenth save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.94) took the lost as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five. Vin Mazzaro committed his second blown save of the season as he faced four batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a hit batter. Tony Watson pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Ryan Reid pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a hit batter and a walk, striking out one.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Ben Revere (2 RBIs) leading the team with three hits, all singles, as he raised his batting average to .290, followed by Chase Utley (Double, Triple .382), Jimmy Rollins (Singles), Delmon Young (Singles, .273) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles, 2 RBIs, .278) with two hits each. Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single) and Kevin Frandsen (Single, RBI, .286) had the other three Phils’ hits. Pinch-hitter Michael Young knocked in the final Phil run with a sacrifice fly. The Phils also had two walks (Howard, Brown), two hit batters (Cole Hamels, Ruiz), and two sacrifice bunts (Hamels, Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (41-45, 3rd) will start a three-game series with the Braves (49-36, 1st), starting with a ball game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59), who is coming off a no-decision against the Dodgers on June 29, as he pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out ten, in the Phils’ 4-3 lost. He will for the third straight start be trying for his tenth win. The Braves will counter with Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69), who is coming off a win against the D-backs on June 30, as he threw six and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 6-2 win. He will also be going for his tenth win. The Phils will be trying to make up some ground against the Braves.

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