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Joe Blanton solid as Phillies pick up first win in Grapefruit League play
The Philadelphia Phillies won their first game on the Grapefruit League schedule this spring with a 9-2 pounding of the New York Yankees, 9-3. The Phillies used a six-run sixth inning to come from behind for the win against the Yankees' young pitchers, starting with an RBI single by Eric Kratz and keyed by a Hector Luna bases-clearing double to blow things wide open.
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Joe Blanton got the start and pitched well, despite admitting to having some butterflies for his first start in a long time for the Phillies. Blanton pitched two innings, as Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay did in their spring debuts, allowing two hits and striking out one. Blanton got batters to ground out five times, a good sign for the most likely fourth starter in the rotation.
Video via David Hale of Delaware New Journal...
Jimmy Rollins led off and notched a pair of base...
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John Boggs, Hamels’ San Diego-based representative, is spending the week in the Clearwater area. He has already spoken to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and plans to again before heading back west. Hamels, of course, is eligible for free agency after the season.Boggs was in attendance for the Phillies-Blue Jays game in Dunedin on Tuesday.“Basically, we’re talking...
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jim Thome came close to hitting his first Grapefruit League home run when he doubled to right-center field in the fourth inning Monday in a 9-3 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field.
Thome has been the Phillies’ designated hitter in two of the team’s first three games. He is expected to play first base at some point, but Phillies manager Charlie...
The MTRphilly.com crew spent a little time with Jimmy Rollins this morning as he was hanging out in left field shagging fly balls. Rollins has always been a leader in the clubhouse, but this year, J-Roll IS the team leader.
Sure Jim Thome is back and is a great leader, but after signing a three year deal to come back, Rollins takes over as the elder statesman and leader of the team...
Jeter and Rollins are two of the best for their respective teams.There was a lot of talk from Phillies fans this offseason concerning the then-undetermined fate of Jimmy Rollins. This is very similar to the situation the Yankees found themselves in with Derek Jeter after the 2010 season. Before you start cyber-cursing at me, realize that I’m not comparing Rollins to Jeter...
Right-handed relief pitcher Justin De Fratus, known to his brother Steven and those close to him as “J-Bone”, joins us live and direct, once again, from Clearwater, FL to offer his thoughts from inside Phillies spring training.The 24-year-old reliever went 6-3 with 15 saves, a 2.99 ERA and 99 strike outs in 75 1/3 innings in his time with Double-A Reading and Triple-A...
Over the next couple weeks WSBGMs will be previewing the 2012 season for each of the players on the supposed 25-man roster. We'll provide our projections of their stats, then ask you, the reader to play over/under in the comments section of the post. First up is the field general- Chooch.Carlos Ruiz is now 33 years old, and for a starting catcher, that's elderly. He's...
Right-hander Joe Blanton threw two shutout innings and third baseman Placido Polanco drove home the game's first run as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 9-3 in exhibition play on Monday.
For both Blanton and Polanco, it was their first chance to get on the field in 2012 after injury-plagued 2011 seasons.
The 31-year-old Blanton, who had averaged 32 starts...
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Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick each threw two innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Lee yielded a hit in the first and second before giving way to Kendrick, who allowed a hit, struck out two and walked none.
Shane Victorino hit a two-run single off Rick VandenHurk during Philadelphia's four-run third inning. John Mayberry...
Former Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets star, Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in state prison on Monday, after a judge rejected a last-ditch effort to change his no contest plea and fight the charges.
Dykstra, who faced up to a four-year sentence, must serve his time in state prison. He had pleaded no contest to grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement...
In the 1st of 3 games against the Yankees to start Spring Training, the Phillies dropped the game by a score of 8-5. Cole Hamels started the game and tossed 2 innings, allowing 1 run.
The Yankees and their fans were salivating as Hamels pitched because Hamels could be a free agent after this year. Hopefully, the Phillies will handle that issue before it comes down to a financial...
The Grapefruit League kicked off this weekend with the Phillies playing the Yankees after their yearly exhibition with the Seminoles from Florida State University. After handling the Seminoles 6-1 on Friday they played aggressively against the Yankees but fell short 8-5 losing the opener.Hunter Pence looked good going deep in the first inning and Cole Hamels allowed a run in...
Billy the Philly Fan and Steve from My Two Cents rant about today’s Grapefruit League game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.
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