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If one of the Philadelphia Phillies' starters goes down, Aaron Cook and Rodrigo Lopez are ready to fill in.
Cook and Lopez combined for five scoreless innings, Pete Orr hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Thursday.
''I'll take the ball whenever they give it to me,'' Cook said after allowing one hit in three innings. ''I would love to start. At this point in the big leagues, I'll take the ball whenever.''
Cook, who has made one relief appearance since 2003, could make the roster as a long man in the bullpen. He'll likely start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley as insurance. Lopez is another veteran starter the Phillies could turn to if they have a need for a sixth or seventh guy.
''I think we are better armed starting-pitching wise and depth wise than last year,'' general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ''That was a shortage last year. If we have b...
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Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies
Time: 1:05 pm
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Weather: 64, Clear
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John Lannan will take the hill today followed by Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst, and Justin De Fratus. The Phils hitters will take on Matt Moore.
Some housekeeping items: the Phillies have...
John Lannan looked very, very dominant this afternoon in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Phillies would not go on to win today's game, but consider Lannan's success a victory in itself. In five shutout innings, Lannan allowed just two hits, walked one, and struck out four. Matt Moore tossed five innings...
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“So as Jimmy Rollins goes, so do the Phillies.” This statement said by many over the years, is as relevent this season as every other. Rollins some have said is on the decline and his best years are behind him. Rollins made a strong case to the contrary last season, finishing with 23 home runs after playing in 156 games. His batting average...
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