Originally posted on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 3/4/12

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 two innings of work.  Hamels made mention how some of the Yankee fans were nice to him during warm ups.  Wishful thinking from some fans in New York seeing Hamels is a free agent after this season.  Keep dreaming.

The Phillies lost again to the Yankees earlier today 7-4.  Pence had another first inning home run but the defense coughed up four errors.  Roy Halladay started the game and pitched the normal two innings for a Spring Training opener.  Antionio Bastardo, David Purcey, Joe Savery also saw time on the mound.

Major League Baseball finalized some moves for the upcoming season adding in an additional Wild Card team to the mix.  The interesting part about this is that the team that wins the extra play-in game will face the top seeded team at home instead of starting on the road for the five game Divisional Series.

Phillies Nation is on TV!  Check out this week’s episode where Corey and Pat discuss Ryan Howard‘s rehab, the bullpen and expectations from Chase Utley and Placido Polanco.

Jay Floyd checked in with Tyson Gillies who is now in his third year with the Phillies after coming over in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle.  Gillies talks about golf and learning from the veterans.

Before Spring Training got started the Phillies’ front office had to sit down and figure out what to do about the shortstop position and more importantly Jimmy Rollins.  Luckily, in my opinion, the Phillies were able to bring back Rollins.  Don takes a look at the Rollins scenario and compares it to how the Yankees handled Derek Jeter when his contract was up.

Now that the first weekend of the Grapefruit League is over, make sure to not miss anymore Phillies games.  Check out the TV listing for all the games.

Go Phillies!

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