The Phillies have announced their Opening Day roster and were few surprises. Here is how it worked out:
Pitchers (12): Right-handers A.J. Burnett, Justin De Fratus, Roberto Hernandez, Kyle Kendrick, Brad Lincoln, Jeff Manship, Jonathan Papelbon and B.J. Rosenberg and left-handers Antonio Bastardo, Jake Diekman, Mario Hollands and Cliff Lee.
Catchers (2): Wil Nieves and Carlos Ruiz.
Infielders (6): Cody Asche, Cesar Hernandez, Ryan Howard, Jayson Nix, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.
Outfielders (5): Domonic Brown, Marlon Byrd, Tony Gwynn Jr., John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Revere.
They also resigned Ronny Cedeno to a minor league deal so he will be at Triple-A until he is needed. And Jayson Nix, brother of former Phillies Laynce Nix, was signed a few days ago and put on the roster as an extra infielder.
Also of note, the Phillies will begin with only 4 starting pitchers as, due to off days, that is all they will need the first few weeks of the season. Relief pitcher Mario Hollands was a bit of a surprise to make the roster as he has pitched in only 3 games above Double-A ball (2012, AAA Iron Pigs). But he was impressive in camp; he will be interesting to watch.
The final spring tune-up on Sunday was canceled due to rain L That was a bummer as I was hoping to meet some of the new players before the game. So I wound up going to the 76ers game instead later that night.
The Sixers finally broke their 26-game losing streak in a dominating performance over the Detroit Pistons. And that win prevented them from becoming the all-time worst team in all major sports. Instead, they are tied. But still worse than the 1961 Phillies, so that is an achievement.
Sixers fans were so relieved, with 5 minutes left in the game, chants of “Thank You Detroit” rang out all over the stadium. Nicely done, Philly fans.
As for the Phillies, Cliff Lee will take the mound in Texas tomorrow against the Rangers for 2014 Opening Day. Finally, some real baseball! Game time is 2:05pm.
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