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April 9, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cory Lidle told everybody he'd be OK. He pitched like it yesterday at Busch Stadium. After he went 1-2 with an 8.56 ERA in seven Grapefruit League starts, Lidle allowed just one earned run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He outpitched Cardinals lefthander Mark Mulder, who allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings, and should have picked up the victory. But the bullpen blew that golden opportunity. "I felt like I was really keeping a better focus," Lidle said.
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April 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
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March 3, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Two days after starting five non-roster spring training invitees in an exhibition against the University of Tampa, the Phillies will open their Grapefruit League slate with a lineup that is expected to feature more regulars. But second baseman Chase Utley won't be among those taking the field for Tuesday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees, manager Ryne Sandberg said Sunday. Utley, who in January sprained his right ankle while fielding ground balls, is "just getting in the flow of things a little bit as far as being on the field so much," Sandberg said.
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March 14, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The action isn't always inside the big, fancy stadium with the rockin' tiki bar out in the left-field grandstand. Sometimes the best show in spring training is outside the walls of the big house, over on the fields of the Phillies' minor-league complex. Yesterday was one of those days. All for the cost of a little sunblock, a few hundred fans got to watch Cole Hamels and Kris Benson work in minor-league games on adjoining fields. The two pitchers drew quite a crowd.
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March 21, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cole Hamels removed his spikes, grabbed his bag, and headed for the car yesterday afternoon at the Naimoli Complex. He has looked happier. Hamels, who struggled in his last two Grapefruit League starts, pitched in a minor-league game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays because he wanted to work on his mechanics. But in 3 2/3 innings, Hamels allowed four hits, four runs, four walks and a home run. He struck out one. "I guess the whole point of spring training is to get your work in, but you can't just keep getting work in," said Hamels, who is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts and allowed seven earned runs in his last two starts against big-league teams.
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April 4, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The 2.83 ERA Jerome Williams compiled in nine starts late last summer is a distant memory. The journeyman righthander's spring struggles continued Thursday in the Grapefruit League finale. Williams allowed six runs on nine hits over 52/3 innings in the 10-1 loss to the Rays. "A little bit frustrated because I know I'm better than that," he said. "It's just not acceptable. " Thursday's peformance came on the heels of two other poor outings in Fort Myers, against the Red Sox and Twins.
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April 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - A piece of paper stapled to the bulletin board inside the Phillies' spring training complex told the five pitchers that Reading would be their post-Florida destination. Jesse Biddle, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, and Ben Lively are the team's top five pitching prospects. They arrived this week in "Baseballtown" to assemble what is expected to be one of the top rotations in all of double A. The pitchers were grouped together throughout spring training, leading them to believe they would start the season as teammates.
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March 28, 2011
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Not surprisingly, Roy Halladay dominated on the mound in spring training, but he also batted .400 in his Grapefruit League starts, including a two-run single against Atlanta's Kenshin Kawakami on Sunday. That impressive average comes on the heels of Halladay's vast second-half improvement as a hitter during his first year pitching in the National League. With Chase Utley out indefinitely because of a knee injury it was suggested to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel that his staff ace could also serve as his three-hole hitter.
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March 16, 2011 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Joe Blanton is typically quick to avoid the question that comes following each start in which he allows first-inning damage. After allowing a leadoff home run, three singles and a wild pitch in the first inning of Tuesday's 13-7 Grapefruit League victory over Toronto, Blanton admitted there has been an issue this spring. "I feel like each time I come out, I may be a little off to start," the Phillies righthander said, "but I feel like I'm making adjustments, which is always a positive.
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March 14, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer murphyd@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies made five more cuts Tuesday, jettisoning righthanders Tyler Cloyd and B.J. Rosenberg, lefthander Mauricio Robles, outfielder Tyson Gillies and catcher Sebastian Valle to minor league camp. Valle and Gillies had just arrived back from the World Baseball Classic, where they both took part in the melee between teams Mexico and Canada. Here's what we saw from each of the players who were cut: * Righthander Tyler Cloyd: He was sidetracked by a bout with forearm tightness but appeared in three games, logging five innings and allowing six runs, all earned, with two strikeouts and two walks.
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April 16, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - When Ryne Sandberg took over as Phillies manager in August 2013, one of his first changes was using longtime leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins more regularly in the second spot in his lineup. He hoped it would give Rollins a different outlook at the plate, with a different job in his new place in the lineup. Sandberg seems to have the same idea in mind with Freddy Galvis, who hit from the second spot in the lineup for the fourth time in the last five games last night against the Mets.
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April 9, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - A piece of paper stapled to the bulletin board inside the Phillies' spring training complex told the five pitchers that Reading would be their post-Florida destination. Jesse Biddle, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Tom Windle, and Ben Lively are the team's top five pitching prospects. They arrived this week in "Baseballtown" to assemble what is expected to be one of the top rotations in all of double A. The pitchers were grouped together throughout spring training, leading them to believe they would start the season as teammates.
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April 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Ryan Howard blooped a single to center field in the final inning of another lost Phillies season late in September, the notion existed that it may have been his final at-bat with the team. But six months later, after a winter in which the club's front office failed to find a taker for the aging slugger and a fraction of the $60 million left on his contract, Howard will find himself back at first base at Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon. This season, the first of the Phillies' daunting rebuild, will differ from its immediate predecessors, but not in terms of who bats cleanup.
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April 4, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The 2.83 ERA Jerome Williams compiled in nine starts late last summer is a distant memory. The journeyman righthander's spring struggles continued Thursday in the Grapefruit League finale. Williams allowed six runs on nine hits over 52/3 innings in the 10-1 loss to the Rays. "A little bit frustrated because I know I'm better than that," he said. "It's just not acceptable. " Thursday's peformance came on the heels of two other poor outings in Fort Myers, against the Red Sox and Twins.
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April 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Chase Utley took two days off after hitting a pair of home runs Sunday. He returned Wednesday and hit two more. Utley eased his way into Phillies camp after spraining his right ankle in January. Once he was deemed healthy, the second baseman and the team monitored his activity. He has played consecutive games in the field just once this spring. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he plans to rest Utley more this season than last. Utley started 148 games last season, tied for the team's highest mark.
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April 3, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The sensation in Ken Giles' back was described to Ruben Amaro Jr. as milder than the ailment that slowed third baseman Cody Asche for four days. The Phillies general manager does not anticipate a stint on the disabled list for the team's promising setup man. "We wouldn't risk it if we think it's a risk," Amaro said. Giles exited his outing Tuesday after facing two batters. The 24-year-old downplayed the injury afterward, calling it "just tightness. " Wednesday, Amaro called it a mild mid-back strain.
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April 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRADENTON, Fla. - McKechnie Field's public address announcer instructed the fans to remove their caps. The national anthem was ready to be performed. That is when the nerves kicked in Monday. "Here we go," said Larry Eflin, his shaky right hand covering his heart. His son, Phillies pitching prospect Zach Eflin, stood below in the bullpen. Preparations were all but finished for Eflin's first game against major-league hitters. His father could only watch. Zach Eflin pitched the first three innings of an 18-4 Grapefruit League loss against Pittsburgh.
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March 31, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche, who has missed four straight games with tightness in his back, returned to the field yesterday. But not in the Grapefruit League game the Phillies played against the Tigers at Bright House Field. Asche was slotted in as a designated hitter in an intrasquad minor league game at the Carpenter Complex. He went 2-for-4, legging out an infield single in his first at-bat and later hitting a double, both off David Buchanan. Before taking the field, Asche said he was "progressing" and was optimistic he'd be good to go a week from today, when the Phillies open the regular season at Citizens Bank Park.
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March 31, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After Ben Revere's seventh straight game as a leftfielder, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg deemed the move official, "barring anything that could come up. " "As I look at it right now," Sandberg said Sunday, "he's left field. " In the same realm, Rule 5 selection Odubel Herrera is set to start the season as the Phillies' centerfielder. "Probably to start with," Sandberg said. Sandberg first experimented with the switch, which better plays both players' arms, on March 21. It has stuck since.
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March 30, 2015
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two of the 30 games on the Phillies' Grapefruit League schedule require a two-plus-hour drive from Clearwater to Fort Myers. Those trips came in the same week. Jerome Williams started both games. Neither went particularly well. Williams, who will open the season as the No. 3 or 4 starter, allowed a combined 19 hits and eight earned runs over seven innings of his two latest starts. The journeyman righthander threw a spring-high 95 pitches Saturday but logged just four innings in the Phillies' 7-1 loss to Minnesota.
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