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March 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Cliff Lee completed a dominant performance in spring training Wednesday in his last start before his opening-day assignment. Lee allowed one run on six hits in five innings during a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. "I have felt good the whole time, and spring training for me is over now and it is on to the real games," Lee said. "I am looking forward to it. " Lee will pitch Monday against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Although it's dangerous to get too caught up in spring-training statistics, Lee had a 2.55 ERA in 242/3 innings.
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March 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Bobby Abreu had a day like no other Wednesday in his attempt to return to the Phillies and the major leagues. After a disastrous game in the field and a not-so-hot one at the plate, the 40-year-old Abreu was told after a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers that he would not be on the 25-man roster on opening day. Abreu has not made the team, but he has not been released yet. "Bobby Abreu is still with the Phillies organization and...
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March 26, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ben Revere is one hurtin' happy dude. Sometimes the pins holding together his right foot feel like nails, he says. "And some days it might just be sore. " But make no mistake, there is pain involved. "This is all about mental toughness," he said in front of his locker at Bright House Field early yesterday morning. Here's the disclaimer. The centerfielder said this with his infectious smile. He said this while caressing his bat, inching toward the batting cages the way kids waiting to do something really cool do while waiting for the grownup to finish giving instructions.
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March 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies outrighted infielder Kevin Frandsen to triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, opening another spot on the 40-man roster. Frandsen cleared waivers and now has 72 hours to accept his assignment. If he opts to become a free agent, he will forfeit this year's salary, a guaranteed $900,000. He is likely to accept the assignment. The Phillies signed Frandsen to that contract in the offseason, avoiding arbitration. He led the majors with 14 pinch-hits last season.
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March 21, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The time was just before 12:30 p.m. when Mike Adams strode onto the lush green grass that separates a firing line of pitching rubbers from their respective home plates. The Carpenter Complex is mostly known as an incubator for big-league dreams, but every now and then the sprawling complex that unfolds in the shadow of Bright House Field gets a chance to rehabilitate them. "I was nervous," Adams said, "don't get me wrong. " Most of us would like to think that we would still feel that way at age 35, even with $13.5 million in career earnings and $7 million more on the way. That's what competition does, in almost any setting, from the first tee of a municipal golf course to the tipoff circle of 40-plus rec league.
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March 20, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Jesse Biddle prepared for another day with the rest of the Phillies' minor-league players in a crowded clubhouse that contained prospects of all levels. The team's first-round draft choice out of Germantown Friends in 2010, Biddle said he enjoyed his brief time in the major-league camp this year. Even though he did not achieve the results he wanted in his two outings, Biddle feels he will be better for the experience. Biddle, 22, was sent down to the minor-league camp on March 8. He was not disappointed because he knows the landscape.
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March 20, 2014
Former Phillie Vance Worley allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in Minnesota's 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Fort Myers, Fla. Worley's spring ERA rose to 13.50, and he didn't get through the third inning. He is battling for the Twins' final rotation spot.   Niese returns Jonathon Niese was relieved to be back at spring training with the New York Mets after receiving a relatively good medical report. The lefthander had an MRI exam of his pitching elbow in New York on Monday, and the scan revealed he had some inflammation but no damage.
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March 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cole Hamels won't be ready on Opening Day, but he made that clear over a month ago, on Feb. 12, a day before pitchers and catchers held their first workout of spring training. Hamels could be ready at some point in April, however, depending on how he progresses in the coming weeks. Hamels threw just over 30 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday morning; it was the second time he threw off the mound in the last 5 days. Afterward, Hamels was excited with his progress in the last week, following an 11-day layoff due to fatigue.
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March 18, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - After finding a seat on top of a picnic table outside the Phillies clubhouse at Bright House Field yesterday morning, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt quickly repositioned himself. He said something about trying to avoid the sun. In the 20 minutes that followed, Schmidt explained why he was wary of the sun and why he was unable to perform his regular duties as an on-field guest instructor this spring training, too. Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On March 7, the Phillies rode a bus 55 miles from here to Sarasota for a spring-training game against the Baltimore Orioles. They did not so much play baseball that day as they committed it. They struck out eight times. They were charged with two fielding errors and probably should have been charged with more. Their pitchers allowed 16 hits and walked six batters. They lost, 15-4. A circus calliope would have provided an appropriate soundtrack. A team often chalks up such messy performances to the easygoing nature of spring training, especially a team with as many experienced players as the Phillies have.
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