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The Phillies Blunt:
Grapefruit is the most disgusting of all fruits, but if you were starving in the desert, you would eat the **** out of it. That’s kinda what today is like for Phillies fans. Sure, not everyone is starting, (but hey Utley and Howard are!) and Cole Hamels will likely throw about 15 pitches before calling it a day. That said, it’s a lot more baseball than we’ve enjoyed for a couple months.
So let the sun warm you a little bit more today, and don’t let the wind chill you as much as it did yesterday. Today is the start of the Phillies Grapefruit League Season. They take on the Houston Astros at 1:05.
Here’s the Phillies starting 9:
1.) Ben Revere – CF
2.) Michael Young – 3B
3.) Chase Utley – 2B
4.) Ryan Howard – 1B
5.) Darin Ruf – LF
6.) Domonic Brown – RF
7.) Laynce Nix — DH
8.) Yuniesky Betancourt – SS
9.) Erik Kratz – C
Spring is just around the corner. Go Phillies!
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Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon openly questioned the composition of the team, saying, "Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership."
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Jonathan Papelbon is again raising some eyebrows.
Papelbon, who is generally outspoken when asked his opinion, may have just ruffled a few feathers in the Philadelphia locker room, as he called the Phillies’ leadership into question while discussing the state of the team.
“Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” Papelbon said, according to the Allentown Morning...
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cool gulf breeze. You get up from your spot on the beach just in time to hear someone
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cigar you bought in Ybor City, Tampa the night before and head on your way. It’s
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Who is ready for some baseball?
The Phillies first competitive exhibition of the Spring is upon us – a five inning intrasquad game starting at noon. Team One, led by Jonathan Pettibone, will do battle with Team Two, led by Adam Morgan.
Here are the line-ups, first reported by Ryan Lawrence and Chris Branch:
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Shortly after the Phillies dropped their spring training opener to the Houston Astros, 8-3, word broke that the first roster change of the year had been executed. The Phillies traded relief pitcher Michael Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for first base prospect Art Charles. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly was the first to officially report the move on Twitter.
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Since I have been here, I haven’t seen any leadership
Jonathan Papelbon, February 22, 2013
I wish I could have written about this quote sooner. But, to be honest, I don’t think there is much to say; I believe Papelbon’s misspoke during a period of quick reflection. A reflection on a season’s worth of disappointments that are understandable when compared to the high expectations...