Phillies Notes: Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon throws perfect inning

Jonathan Papelbon wants to "make sure that my delivery gets better and better." DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Jonathan Papelbon wants to "make sure that my delivery gets better and better." DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff
Posted: March 11, 2013

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Closer Jonathan Papelbon carried a 43.20 ERA to the mound in the fifth inning Saturday afternoon at Bright House Field and had not pitched in eight days because of a bad cold.

He remained the least of the Phillies' bullpen worries.

After pitching a perfect fifth inning in a 15-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Papelbon made it clear what spring training means to him.

"All I try to do is make sure that my delivery gets better and better as the spring goes on," Papelbon said. "I don't worry about velocity; I don't worry about making pitches until the last few weeks."

Papelbon has had good spring trainings and bad ones. They've all been followed by good seasons, including his first with the Phillies last year. He hopes he keeps doing it as long as his idol, the New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera, who announced Saturday he will retire after the season.

"It's definitely going to be fun to watch him this last year knowing that it's his last year," Papelbon said. "Maybe when he's done he'll show me where that fountain of youth is in Panama and I can go find it."

From the stretch

Three of the four innings pitched by lefty John Lannan were scoreless, but he allowed four runs in the third, with two coming on a home run by the Rays' Sean Rodriguez. He considered his third Grapefruit League outing a good learning experience.

"I had a little trouble out of the stretch there in the third, but I made an adjustment in the fourth," Lannan said. "Then I went to the bullpen and worked on it some more. It was good to figure it out now. I was just getting a little quick with my delivery. Things were up, and my slider was flat. I could tell by the way they were taking swings."

Extra bases

Ryan Howard hit his fourth home run of the spring. . . . Cole Hamels will pitch Sunday against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee.

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