In yesterday’s game against the Tigers, JA Happ tried to back up my claim that he would be the winner of the 5th spot in the rotation. Happ pitched 3 scoreless innings, striking out 7 batters with a mean fastball. He allowed only 2 hits. Things are looking Happ-Y for JA who is battling Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco for the starters spot this year. But, it is still early…
Also feeling the love is John Mayberry Jr., who has been keeping pace with Ryan Howard this spring. Both Mayberry and Howard hit 3-run homers in the game, propelling the Phillies to an 8-2 win over the Tigers. Mayberry continues to impress and, as a right-hander with power, he may be the leading candidate for a bench spot to even out the heavy left-handed line-up.
Jayson Werth saw his first official action of spring and went 1 for 2 with a walk. Think Werth read my call for action yesterday? Here’s hoping! Geoff Jenkins, also aware of his own precarious situation, collected an RBI in the game on a sacrifice.
Phillies in the WBC
Team USA won their World Baseball Classic opener yesterday against Team Canada, 6-5. Shane Victorino got the start in center and went 2 for 4 at the plate. Jimmy Rollins came in as relief for Derek Jeter at short and hit 1 for 2 in the game. The big blasts for Team USA came from Kevin Youkilis, Adam Dunn and Brian McCann, who each hit home runs in the game. For Team Canada, Matt Stairs started in right field and went hitless in 3 at bats with 2 strikeouts.
Team Panama lost to Team Puerto Rico, 7-0 yesterday; Carlos Ruiz started at catcher, going 1 for 2 with a walk, but was pulled from the game early due to a neck strain after a collision. Reports so far are that it is not serious, but no word yet on whether Ruiz will play in today’s game against the Dominican Republic.
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