April 9, 2005 |
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.
April 1, 2015 |
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.
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.
March 14, 2008 |
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.
March 21, 2007 |
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.
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.
March 16, 2011 |
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.
March 14, 2013 |
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.
March 20, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Roy Halladay, wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, passed through an empty Phillies clubhouse Monday morning without stopping at his locker. It was shortly before 8:30 a.m., and again this would not be a lengthy day for the pitcher. Halladay lasted just one inning Sunday because of what the team termed a stomach virus. Through a team spokesman, Halladay said he was still sick and contagious Monday. He was at the complex only to receive medication. It is a curious spring for Halladay, which has bred boundless conspiracy theories.
February 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first two pitchers Ryan Howard faced in a spring game were lefthanded, and that suited Ryne Sandberg just fine. The Phillies manager watched Howard lace a single off Jesse Biddle and smash a homer to deep center off Cesar Jimenez. This was just an intrasquad scrimmage. But Sandberg expects Howard to spend the spring improving his craft against lefthanders. "He's talked to me about that himself," Sandberg said. "He's approached me about seeing lefthanded pitching.