Found March 23, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Chase Utley went deep twice, while Yuniesky Betancourt, Domonic Brown, and Ryan Howard chipped in with a long ball of their own as the Phillies move to 13-13 in Grapefruit League action with a 13-4 win. The Good Yes, the Phillies faced Bruce Chen. And sometimes it is hard to remember that Bruce Chen was almost as valuable to the Royals in the last two seasons as Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan were to their respective teams combined. But the Phillies took advantage of this advantageous match-up in a big way with six extra base hits, five of which were home runs. Every starter had a hit in today’s game. Antonio Bastardo threw a scoreless inning. The Interesting Ender Inciarte once again came in as a late-inning, defensive replacement and raised his Spring average to .273 with a base hit. Freddy Galvis had a nice play in right field. Yes, Galvis saw the field in right. The Areas of Opportunity On a day where Roy Halladay wasn’t quite what we thought he’d be against a minor league squad,...

Phils Lose to Boston, Cut Betancourt

The Phillies lost to the Boston Red Sox in Clearwater, 7-6. After the game, they cut veteran infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, allowing him to pursue other opportunities. Betancourt played well with the Phillies, hitting .447 over 17 games. However, with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis ahead of him, and the need for a fifth outfielder, Betancourt was expendable. On top of that, his...

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard Seem Healthy to Start the Season

Last season Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were disappointing to watch. They were both injured and missed a majority of the season. This spring however, they seem to be healthy and ready to go.                 Last season Utley had only played in 83 games and hadn’t participated in Spring Training since 2010 because of knee problems. He is participating this spring...

Phillies Make Mistake Releasing Betancourt

Yuniesky Betancourt had an option in his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that if he was not going to make the 25 man roster, he would be notified by March 25 and could ask for his release. Betancourt was released after today’s Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field. The move is a mistake for the Phillies who will likely count on Freddy Galvis...

Phillies 13, Orioles 4

Chase Utley homered twice and drove in four runs, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 13-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Utley hit a two-run shot in the first and Ryan Howard followed with his sixth of the spring. Dominic Brown also had a three-run drive for the Phillies. Utley belted his second two-run homer in the fourth, chasing Wei-Yin Chen from the game. ...

Betancourt Released; Phillies Walking a Very Tight Rope

Despite a superb spring, Yuniesky Betancourt has been released. In his contract, March 24th was designated as the deadline for the Phillies to either keep him on the big league roster or let him go. They chose to let him go even after Betancourt hit .447 with 14 RBI with 3 doubles and a home run in 47 at-bats. This means that both Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will make the team...

Despite hot spring, Phils release Betancourt

Yuniesky Betancourt couldn't have done much more than he did in camp with the Phillies, this spring, but it still wasn't enough. Instead of hanging onto the veteran infielder, the Phillies elected to not keep Betancourt, opening spots for two familiar faces.

Red Sox 7, Phillies 6

Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit back-to-back home runs for the second consecutive day, but rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox roughed up Cliff Lee in a 7-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Bradley hit a three-run homer in the second inning and finished with four RBIs. He had a sacrifice fly in the third as Boston scored three more times off Lee, who...

Yuniesky Betancourt Will Be Cut By the Phillies

Yuniesky Betancourt never had to fight for a job before 2012. As a member of the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, and Milwaukee Brewers, Betancourt usually entered camp as the team's starting shortstop. Just one season for the Royals as a part-time player and Betancourt had to fight for a...

Phillies Roster Projections 3/25

Well, one can't accuse Ruben Amaro of not doing anything. The Phillies are essentially down to just one decision. Here's the news: The Phillies have cut Yuniesky Betancourt. No shock there. There just wasn't 40 man room to add him. Besides, Galvis played well enough this spring that using an...

Bye-Bye RoLo. Betancourt Next?

*Rodrigo Lopez was unceremoniously released yesterday.  In recent years, both his major and minor league numbers have been poor, so sending him along his unmerry way was the right move. The Phillies don't need his type of depth in Triple-A.  Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone, Adam Morgan, and Ethan Martin all serve the same purpose as RoLo would have this season, except with...

Phils Crush Five Homers Against Baltimore in 13-4 Victory

A gorgeous day in Sarasota, Florida brought about an onslaught of hits and runs against the Baltimore Orioles. Aaron Cook started this afternoon's ballgame against Wei-Yin Chen. The Phils took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With Jimmy Rollins on base, Chase Utley launched his...

How and why the Phillies roster fills out

Did Aaron Cook grab a bullpen spot with another good outing on Saturday? What about the status of Yuniesky Betancourt, does he stay or go? When you try to figure out the 25-man roster for the Phillies, you can't just look at the numbers; here's why...
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