Phillies Notebook: Not much to review in Phillies-Twins game

Posted: March 11, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Yesterday's game between the Phillies and the Twins was one of a handful that Major League Baseball had designated as a replay game. As in, a game where managers and umpires would abide by the rules of the sport's new replay system in order to familiarize themselves with it in preparation for the regular season. Except, yesterday, managers and umpires were warned before the game that Hammond Stadium wasn't exactly equipped with the requisite technology.

"We were warned: limited cameras, and a delay" in accessing the available cameras, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Which turned the whole thing into something of a farce. The two plays that were reviewed - a play at the plate in which John Mayberry Jr. was called safe and a boundary call that went in favor of the Twins - were upheld after video evidence was ruled inconclusive. In the third inning, Sandberg ran out to talk to second-base umpire Fieldin Culbreath, who had called Tony Gwynn out on a close play on a throw from Mike Pelfrey to Danny Santana. Sandberg did not challenge because, well, he couldn't.

"The first play that I went out there, they had no replay of," Sandberg said.

Offense MIA

The Phillies managed just two hits against the Twins in a 1-1 tie, although they fielded a lineup in which Ben Revere and Cody Asche were the only projected regulars.

Former Phil update

Former Phillies prospect Michael Taylor is out of options and having a heck of a start to the spring, entering yesterday 9-for-27 with three doubles, one home run, seven strikeouts and one walk in 29 plate appearances for the Athletics. That's a .333/.379/.556 slash line. Taylor was involved in the trade for Roy Halladay in December 2009.

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