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Creeping Slowly Towards Opening Day…


While we wait for Opening Day to arrive, the Phillies got in some more grapefruit league action today, just barely squeaking out a win against the Blue Jays.  
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Trailing 6-4 going into the 9th inning, they mounted a comeback, scoring 3 runs.  The tension grew thicker in the bottom of the 9th when pitcher Gary Majewski loaded the bases, thanks in part to an error on Miguel Cairo.  But Majewski managed to avoid disaster and pitched out of the jam.

Chan Ho Park started the game and went 4 innings with 4 hits given up, 3 earned runs and 1 walk; he also struck out 7.  Not a great outing, but not bad either.  Yesterday, JA Happ pitched 5 innings against the Yankees and only surrendered 1 earned run on 5 hits, but he also walked 3 batters.  The two pitchers are still very close in the contest for the 5th starters spot, but after today, Happ may have a slight edge. 

For the offense today, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth both went deep; Werth had 2 hits and one RBI on the homer and Utley racked up 3 RBI, including his 2-run blast.  Pedro Feliz went 2 for 5, which is encouraging; he has been slow at the plate since rehabbing from his back surgery.  Looks as if he and Utley are nearly at full speed.

Ryan Howard Tattoo Update

So a few weeks ago I reported that Howard got a new tattoo in early March; sorry this took a while, but my friend who was with Howard when he got the tattoo had her computer blow-up. 

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She is back on-line and yesterday morning, she sent me the following information:  The tattoo is based on his nickname; it is a hooded Samurai warrior with swords and in the background, there is a large Japanese Dojo and a sunset.  Also interesting to note, a day or so after he got the tattoo, he was nailed with a ball in the arm, right where the new and still healing tattoo is!  The ball caused the tattoo to scar up, but apparently Ryan liked the effect and left it as is.  So, there you have it; a scarred up Samurai.

Battle of the Backstops

It was said at the beginning of Spring that the back-up catcher’s job was Chris Coste’s to lose.  So far, Ronny Paulino has done nothing to take the job away from Coste.  Paulino is batting only .185 in 12 games played with 3 hits in 27 at-bats.  Although Coste is off to a slow start after a hamstring injury, the Phillies know what Coste is capable of both at and behind the plate.  So, unless a miracle occurs for Paulino, it is likely that Coste keeps the job.

P2242901 Marson.jpgAs for the 22-year old catcher, Lou Marson, he has been sent to triple A.  Marson was happy about the assignment for several reasons; last year, except for a brief September call-up, Marson spent the year in double A, so this represents a promotion for him.  Also, as a back-up in the majors, Marson would not get a lot of playing time, thus limiting his opportunities to learn and develop as a player.  Marson told beat-writer, Todd Zolecki, “I’m moving up a level; I know I got called up in September, but I was in Double-A the whole year.  I’m moving up a level.  That’s all I can ask for.  There are a lot of guys that would like to be in my situation, playing every day.  I can’t complain at all.  I’m happy about it.”  This kid is so darn cute, you just want to pinch his cheeks. :O)  Great player, great attitude and he is really grounded for his age.  Let’s hope the Phillies keep him around.

(All Photos by Jenn)

 

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Phillies Tie The Jays

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JA Happ had a not so Happ-Y day pitching against the Blue Jays yesterday; but not to worry.  As Charlie Manuel told the media after the game, every pitcher is going to have a rough start now and then.  It was not a total disaster for Happ; he pitched 4 innings with 3 hits and walk, giving up 3 runs.  All three runs came off the long ball.  Look for Happ to rebound his next time out.

Jayson Werth, on the other hand, had a very happy day; Werth picked up 3 RBI on 2 hits and scored 3 times as well.  No signs of injury or fatigue on his part, which is great news.  One of Werth’s two hits was deemed a ground double after one of the Hooters girls, who pretend to be ball girls at Spring Training, picked up the fair ball when it rolled over to her down the first base line.  So proud that she actually stopped a ball without breaking a nail or getting a run in her pantyhose, she cheered, high fived a fan and then tossed the ball into the crowd.  Her mama must be so proud… ;O)

Also doing well, even after a scary hip surgery, is Chase Utley, who collected his first hit of the spring yesterday and appears to be on the road to a full recovery.  Another member of the off-season surgery club, Pedro Feliz, is still looking for that first hit, but he did snag an RBI on a sac fly in the game.  The Phillies led 7-4 going into the 9th inning, but the game ended in a 7-7 tie as minor league pitcher Joe Biseneus gave up 2 walks, 3 hits and 3 runs in the inning.

Chat With Charlie

Have a burning question you feel the need to ask Phillies Manager, Charlie Manuel?  Here is your chance!  Stop by the PHL 17 web site and fill out the “Ask Charlie Manuel” form.  Manuel will answer viewer questions during “The Charlie Manuel Show” to be aired on PHL 17 before every Sunday Phillies home game.  I plan to ask if he thinks Jamie Moyer’s fastball is quicker or slower than the average air-speed of an unladen swallow; after all, Manuel is the King of Philadelphia.

The Phillies will take on the Marlins today at 1:05pm in Jupiter, FL.  They may travel to Saturn next, but only if Southwest is running a Space Shuttle group discount.

 

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Luck Abounds!

Good news today for the Phillies on this lucky St. Patty’s Day; Cole Hamels’ elbow issue is not serious.  He got a cortisone injection and should be back to pitching in about 2 days.  He may or may not be ready for opening day though, as he’ll need time to stretch out his arm and get his pitch count up, but that’s ok; the Phillies have options with JA Happ and Chan Ho Park.

Pot of gold.jpgThe other good news of the day is that the walking wounded have almost all returned to regular play.  Chase Utley after hip surgery; Pedro Feliz after back surgery; and pitchers Chad Durbin and Brad Lidge all played in today’s rout of the Reds.  Utley struck out twice and walked twice, scoring one run; Feliz went 0 for 3.  So the bats will take some time to return, but ultimately, just the fact that they are playing in mid-March is great news.

Same goes for Lidge and Durbin; Durbin pitched 1 inning of no hit ball and Lidge also pitched an inning, giving up one run on two hits and a walk in a non-save situation.  The Phillies went on to win, 8-1 which in itself can also be seen as a stroke of luck; after being whipped by the Yankees yesterday, 11-0, they needed a big win to get the confidence back.

Brett Myers looked fantastic as he took on the Reds, pitching 5 2/3 innings, surrendering only 4 hits and no runs; he struck out 7 batters.  If Myers is needed for Opening Day, it looks like he will be ready.

WBC Highlights

Team USA is currently in the 4th inning of their game against Team Puerto Rico; the winner moves on, the loser is eliminated.  The USA is in the lead for the moment, 3-1.  Let’s hope they brought their lucky shamrocks with them!  Jimmy Rollins started the game as the DH and Shane Victorino is in center.

Next up for the Phillies

Wednesday at 1:05pm, the Phillies will take on the Blue Jays at Bright House field in Clearwater, FL.

 

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As The Weather Turns

The Phillies took on the Atlanta Braves today in Orlando and won, 7-3.  As for me, I was taking the day off from baseball and the crappy weather today…not to mention skipping the 2 hour drive to Orlando.  Instead of sitting in the rain, I decided to go scuba diving with sharks and other critters at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa.  In the video, you will see a lady behind me with a big stick shooing the sharks away as they got too close.  The other guy is the dive master – his job was to rescue me should something try to make dinner out of me :O)  Happy to say, I still have all my fingers and toes.  There were reef sharks, white tips, sand sharks, nurse sharks and others…check it out:

So while I was off tempting fate, the Phillies were braving the nasty weather.  It was cold, windy and rainy today, yet the Fightin’s prevailed.  Marcus Giles stole the show with 2 hits, 2 steals and 1 RBI; Eric Bruntlett collected 2 hits as well and swiped one bag. 

The real fun though was the battle for the 5th starter position which continued today when Chan Ho Park took the mound for 3 innings.  Park gave up 4 hits and a solo homer, leaving with a 3.0 ERA and he got the win.  Tomorrow both JA Happ and Carlos Carrasco will get their next turn at making a good impression. 

A few injuries on the home front:  Jayson Werth has not played yet in Spring Training due to what he says was a slow start after a less than productive off-season.  Is that a nice way of saying he sat on his butt and ate Ben & Jerry’s for 3 months?  Hmmm…  Werth is scheduled to start tomorrow; we will see how it goes.  I’ll be on the lookout for love handles :O)  Brad Lidge and Chad Durbin are also in a holding pattern; Lidge has a sore shoulder and Durbin has a sore right hamstring.  I am guessing this is baseball related, not ice cream related.  Then again, fill up that spoon and lift…it can be quite tasking.

See you in Dunedin tomorrow; game time 1:05pm vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

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