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Timonen ties it, Fedotenko wins it as Flyers rally past Caps

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Ruslan Fedotenko was the hero but Kimmo Timonen was the star, leading the Flyers with four points in their 5-4 overtime win over the Capitals. 

Their playoff hopes may be on life support, but don't pronounce the Flyers dead just yet.

10 seconds away from suffering another devastating loss, Kimmo Timonen scored to tie the game and force overtime. Less than two minutes into the extra session, Ruslan Fedotenko scored his second goal in as many days to give the Flyers an emotional 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals took the first seven shots on goal in the game, including one that beat Ilya Bryzgalov. A shot from the point by Marcus Johnansson was deflected by Nicklas Backstrom at 4:29 of the first.

The Flyers answered six minutes later. Zac Rinaldo's hard work on a shift ended with a nice touch pass in front to Max Talbot who buried it to tie the game.

With just over five minutes left in the first, a soft lead pass from Claude Giroux found Matt Read behind the defense. He beat Braden Holtby with a wrist shot on a breakaway to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.

After 18 minutes of scoreless play in the second, Mike Green would tie the game on a breakaway of his own out of the penalty box. 

Early in the third, a clean hit by Steve Oleksy on Giroux led to a fight between Oleksy and Jake Voracek. Voracek received 19 minutes of penalty time including four minutes of power-play time for the Capitals.

Johansson scored just over a minute into the first power play to give the Caps the lead. Just 26 seconds later, Alex Ovechkin scored to make it 4-2.

The Flyers turned on the energy late in the period. First a power play with 7:26 remaining in regulation led to a goal just 16 seconds later by Giroux.

With time running out in the third, the Flyers showed incredible desperation just to earn a point. With 9.5 seconds remaining in regulation, a shot by Kimmo Timonen found the back of the net to tie the game.

Just 1:34 seconds into overtime, Ruslan Fedotenko would cap the comeback against the Caps, scoring to give the Flyers the win.

Despite allowing four goals, Bryzgalov was solid in net playing in back-to-back games two days in a row. He made several huge saves in the first to keep the Caps off the board.

The real stars for the Flyers were Giroux and Timonen. Giroux had a goal and two assists. Timonen's huge goal at the end of regulation was his fourth of the season. He also added three assists for a four-point game.

For once, the Flyers treated the final minute of a game they were trailing with urgency. They fought for the first point then earned the second. Now they sit just two points out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. 

The playoffs are not a pipe dream. They are still a longshot to make the playoffs. But they are not dead yet and the effort they gave in tonight's game is the type they need to give for the rest of the season.

Additionally, there was energy in the Wells Fargo Center tonight. It should make Wednesday night's tilt against the Montreal Canadiens one with a playoff atmosphere.

Kevin Durso is a contributor for Flyerdelphia. You can follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.


Greg 's 2013 Predictions

This is my time of the year sports fans. Without furthur delay here are my predictions:

 

American League

AL East winner: Baltimore
AL Central winner: Detroit
AL West winner: Anaheim
AL Wild Card winners: Oakland, Cleveland

AL MVP: Mike Trout (LAA)
AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander (DET)
AL Rookie of the Year: Jurickson Profar (TEX)
AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona

 

While I have Anaheim going to the World Series, part of me is torn and wants to pick Baltimore. That team just seems like they click this year. They are basically where the Phillies were after '07. If that carries over, this team could definitely lift up a trophy in October. Still Anaheim has such an amazing line up and while I'm not totally sold on their pitching, I think it's good enough to carry them. If not, there's always a move to be made at the deadline.

Cleveland will shock the world under Francona and I think this team is quietly much better than many think. Watch out for them.

Love Profar for Rookie of the Year.

 

 

National League

 NL East winner: Washington
NL Central winner: Cincinatti
NL West winner: Los Angeles
NL Wild Card winners: Philadelphia, Atlanta

NL MVP: Justin Upton (ATL)
NL Cy Young: Cliff Lee (PHI)
NL Rookie of the Year: Oscar Taveras (STL)

 

Washington is the cream of the NL East but it won't stop Philly and Atlanta from beating up on Miami and New York to have their slice of the postseason pie. San Diego might be in the mix for one of those WCs too.

Cliff Lee has been so under the radar. Nobody talks about him. It's been all Hamels and Halladay this spring. Lee is going to prove to be the best of the batch and him vs. other team's number three starters is going to rack up the Ws for him. 21 and a Cy Young.

Justin Upton is going to pick up where Chipper Jones left off when it comes to killing the Phillies.

 

2013 World Series

World Series Matchup: Anaheim vs. Los Angeles
World Series Winner: Greinke over Weaver in Game 7!

Another Blanton home run?

 

Phillies Predictions

Total number of wins: 90
How many games Roy Halladay will win: 13

Who will spend the most games batting lead off? Ben Revere
Who will lead the Phillies pitchers in wins? Cliff Lee with 21
How many home runs will Ryan Howard hit this season? 38

 

I went through the schedule and added up all the game wins I thought they'd have month by month. I actually ended up with 100. So I subtraacted 10 and rolled with 90. They'll be a fun team to watch this season I think.


Erik's 2013 Season Predictions: Cole Hamels Wins Cy Young & Phillies Back In Postseason

Af(Photo: Erik Seybold/Philliedelphia) - Cole Hamels is predicted to be the NL Cy Young Award winner after a career-year last season.

Tomorrow is Opening Day and hot dog am I excited! It's been a long offseason full of more Eagles dismay and a dramatic lockout-shortened NHL season and I'm ready for baseball. Last year was far from what we expected out of the Phillies, but hey - it happened and there's nothing we can do now to change the past. What we can do, however, is look ahead towards the 2013 campaign. With new acquisitions in Ben Revere, Michael Young, and Mike Adams - along with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley beginning the season healthy and ready to play - I'd say the Phillies can turn last year's trainwreck around and get back on the right track.

Enough of my rambling about how excited I am for this upcoming season. Here's my predictions for the 2013 season - including awards and so on.

American League

AL East winner: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central winner: Detroit Tigers
AL West winner: Los Angeles Angels
AL Wild Card winners: Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
AL Cy Young: Josh Johnson (TOR)
AL Rookie of the Year: Trevor Bauer (CLE)
AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona

National League

 NL East winner: Washington Nationals
NL Central winner: Cincinnati Reds 
NL West winner: San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card winners: Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels (PHI)
NL Rookie of the Year: Travis D'Arnaud (NYM)

2013 World Series

World Series Matchup: Cincinnati Reds vs Detroit Tigers
World Series Winner: Cincinnati in 6 games 

Phillies Predictions

Total number of wins: 91
How many games Roy Halladay will win: 11

Who will spend the most games batting lead off? Ben Revere
Who will lead the Phillies pitchers in wins? Cole Hamels (18)
How many home runs will Ryan Howard hit this season? 34

As Frank earlier stated, giving the Phillies a healthy Ryan Howard and Chase Utley will benefit them immensely. Ben Revere is a total upgrade over Shane Victorino and Domonic Brown may have finally proved himself to be a great everyday outfielder. Michael Young is an RBI machine and with Mike Adams in the bullpen that blew 13 8th inning leads last season, I as well don't have trouble thinking the Phillies can win 11 more games than last year.

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.

 


Roll Out The 2013 Predictions: Phillies On The Upswing

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Looking ahead at 2013 it feels like a new era in baseball.  As many veterans fade, there will be many new names stepping up.  As some former dynasties fade, new ones are beginning.  Here are my predictions for the upcoming season.

American League

AL East winner – Baltimore Orioles
AL Central winner – Detroit Tigers
AL West winner – Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card Teams (2) – Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics

AL MVP – Mike Trout (LAA)
AL Cy Young – Justin Verlander (DET)
AL Rookie of the Year –Jackie Bradley (BOS)
AL Manager of the Year – Terry Francona (CLE)

The American League will be very different in 2013 thanks to the end of the most recent Yankees regime.  As they go forward without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and a patchwork outfield, 2013 figures to be a transitional year for the Yankees.  The Red Sox are still rebuilding with their third manager in three years  On the rise: the young Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, and Oakland Athletics.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would have won the National League West had the season started May 1.  Without full contributions from Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout until May, the 89-win team could have been much better had they been there from the start.  With full seasons from the sophomore duo and the addition of Josh Hamilton, the Angels appear ready to take the National League West.

The Boston Red Sox signed Shane Victorino to be centerfielder in 2014 and take up space in right field until Jackie Bradley was ready.  Well, Jackie Bradley is here.  The Red Sox also signed Jonny Gomes who will have to sit (or DH while David Ortiz is out).  Bradley made the Red Sox change plans and he is my pick for 2013 Rookie of the Year.

 Terry Francona's Cleveland Indians will make great strides in 2013.  With a new leader, new attitude, and new additions Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds and Drew Stubbs, the Indians have a new lineup.

What will keep the Indians and Angels behind the Tigers though is pitching.  Justin Verlander is going to be the top starter he always has been, and with a new deal in hand should lead the Detroit Tigers back to the World Series but this time victorious.

National League

NL East winner – Washington Nationals
NL Central winner – Cincinnati Reds
NL West winner – San Francisco Giants
NL Wild Card Teams (2) – Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves

NL MVP – Buster Posey (SF)
NL Cy Young – Cole Hamels (PHI)
NL Rookie of the Year – Jedd Gyorko (SD)
NL Manager of the Year – Dusty Baker (CIN)

The Nationals are improved from 2012 with the addition of closer Rafael Soriano and with the Stephen Strasburg innings count meter gone.  As I have regularly stated this offseason I do not think the Atlanta Braves are improved from the 2012 Braves.  Prado/Jones/Bourn I still find superior to Upton/Upton/Francisco.   The Braves are left without an experienced leadoff hitter.  Andrelton Simmons will be an amazing player in the league, but he will come with a learning curve.  He will torture the Phillies for years.

Cole Hamels will finally be the Phillies ace and I think we will see the best Cole Hamels season yet.  He's my pick for the 2013 National League Cy Young.   San Diego Padres third baseman Jedd Gyorko is my Rookie of the Year choice.  He will begin the year in place of the injured Chase Headley and move to second base thereafter.  He was the reason that the Padres were listening to trade offers for Headley last year and could revisit those again.

As you can see, I am not high on the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Zack Greinke and Hanley Ramirez are already hurt  and accumulating high-priced veterans is not the way to go.  Expect great things from Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, but Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett are not their old selves and Juan Uribe will play too much.

2013 World Series

World Series matchup – Nationals vs. Tigers
World Series champion and # of games – Tigers in 6

Phillies predictions

Total number of Phillies wins - 92
How many games will Roy Halladay win? 13

Who will spend the most games batting leadoff?  Ben Revere
Which Phillies pitcher will lead the team in wins? Cole Hamels
How many home runs will Ryan Howard hit? 37

Start with the 81 win Phillies of last year and add  a full season of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.  Add a consistent Michael Young over injured Placido Polanco.  Ben Revere is an upgrade over Shane Victorino.  Domonic Brown has arrived.  Add Mike Adams to the team that blew 13 8th inning leads.  Subtract all of the Hector Luna, Ty Wigginton, Chad Qualls, and Michael Schwimer of last year and I don't have trouble thinking the Phillies can win 11 more games than last year.  

I think that the Phillies are playoff-bound.  After they are in, anything can happen.  Yes, the Nationals appear to be my pick to be in the World Series, but we know all too well that the teams picked never seem to get in.  Let us hope that the Phillies are that alternative.


Phillies End Spring Training with 10-4 Loss to Toronto

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The Phillies and Blue Jays squared off one more time this afternoon in the final game of spring training. Kyle Kendrick took the hill for his team with Josh Johnson on for Toronto.

The Jays jumped ahead to an early lead in the top of the first after Jose Bautista went yard to left field for a solo home run.

In the top of the third with Kendrick still in, Toronto scored four more in the inning. Jose Reyes doubled to score Henry Blanco, Melky Cabrera singled to score Reyes, then Edwin Encarnacion doubled to score two. 

After three, Kendrick's afternoon was done. He was charged with five earned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

In the bottom of the third, John Mayberry put the Phils on the board with a solo shot to left field. Later in the inning, Erik Kratz was able to score on a sac fly from Chase Utley. 5-2 Jays. With Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins on base, Michael Young made it a 5-4 game with a two-run double to deep right field. 

John Lannan came in for three innings of work and allowed one run to score on three hits, walking none and striking out five. The run came from a groundout from Colby Rasmus which sent Bautista home. 6-4 Jays.

 Chad Durbin pitched a scoreless seventh, walking one. Antonio Bastardo replaced him in the eighth and after allowing two hits, he loaded the bases with a walk. With one gone, the Jays scored one on a sac fly from Emilio Bonifacio. Zach Miner came in with two outs to finish the inning. 7-4 Jays.

Mike Nickeas doubled in the top of the ninth to score two runs, making it 9-4 Toronto. Later, Nickeas scored on a single from Adam Loewen. 10-4 ballgame.

Unfortunately the Phils could not come back in the bottom of the inning, wrapping up 2013 spring training with a loss to the Jays. 

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow in preparation for Opening Night at Atlanta on Monday. Cole Hamels is your Opening Day starter at 7:05! 


Minor League Rosters Come Into Focus

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Today, the IronPigs broke camp and went north, as will the other teams in Florida within the system. With their win on Thursday, the IronPigs assured themselves of a winning spring. Today, they assured us of their rotation, announcing that Tom Cochran is staying behind in Extended Spring Training. Between this and the Phillies cuts, I'm comfortable calling the IronPigs roster:

  • Rotation: Cloyd, Pettibone, Martin, Morgan, Rosenberg.
  • Line-Up: Gillies-CF, Hernandez-2B, J. Mitchell-RF, Ruf-LF, Asche-3B, Joseph-C, Overbeck-1B/DH, Fields-DH/1B, Martinez-SS.
  • Bullpen: Stutes, De Fratus, Diekman, Savery, Friend, Jimenez, Miner.
  • Bench: Orr, Lerud, Castro, Susdorf.
  • DL-Left Behind: Blanco, Cochran.
The staff is impressive obviously, and entirely made up of guys with high upside. The line-up is also prospect heavy, and has lots of positive upside to look forward to this summer. Tuesday night I'll be watching them play Reading in Allentown. Speaking of Reading, no change in the final roster predictions there:
  • Rotation: Biddle, Buchanan, Garcia, Wright, Colvin.
  • Line-Up: Collier-CF, Hanzawa-SS, Welty-RF, Murphy-1B, Mitchell-LF, Valle-C/DH, Rupp-DH/C, Abreu-3B, Cartwright-2B.
  • Bullpen: Simon, Robles, Rosin, Ramirez, Sosa, Ellis, Neris.
  • Bench: Suomi, Murphy, Tolbert, Hewitt.
  • DL: James, Henson, Johnson.
I'd like to see them start Hewitt in A ball and put Henson on, but that'll wait. The interesting thing here is, they will probably have three catchers break camp with this group. I'll be watching the top of the rotation obviously with Biddle. There's a lot of other talent here too, and guys like Hewitt and Colvin are in basically make-or-break seasons. It will be interesting to see how the Rupp/Valle dynamic plays out too.

To round it out, here's Clearwater:
  • Rotation: Hollands, Garner, Stewart, Kleven, Milner.
  • Line-Up: Hudson-CF, Altherr-RF, Alvarez-LF, Franco-3B/DH, Martinez-1B/DH/3B, Alonso-1B/3B/DH, Ludy-C, Villalobos-SS, Carver-2B.
  • Bullpen: Arias, Shreve, O'Sullivan, Murray, Nesseth, Hernandez, Giles.
  • Bench: Lavin, Roof, Stassi, Moore.
  • DL: Dugan, Stumpo. 
And, Lakewood:
  • Rotation: Watson, Warner, Brady, Stefan, Martinez.
  • Line-Up: Quinn-SS, Tocci-OF, Walding-3B, Serritella-1B, Pointer-OF, Greene-2B, Hill-C, Perkins-OF, Arthur-DH.
  • Bullpen: Inch, Santos, Rojas, Broussard, Aizenstadt, Cooper, Oviedo.
  • Bench: Quaranto, Olmo, Taylor, Mora.
  • DL: Numata, Carmona.
I think the only surprise is that Larry Greene was left in camp. Beyond that, things are exactly where we thought they were. Lakewood is going to be really, really fun to watch.

Introducing the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies

Ryan Howard's Game 1 homer in 2011's NLDS.
The team is set. The season is here. There are no total shockers, but all the battles have been decided.

The rotation has no news from it. Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, and John Lannan were all pretty much shoe-ins to begin with and all are on the team. Halladay appears to be the starter for Wednesday's second game at this stage, despite his uneven spring. The team will throw three lefties and two righties out to start the season.

In the bullpen, we now know that Phillippe Aumont, Raul Valdes, and Jeremy Horst won the last three spots in the bullpen. They join closer Jonathan Papelbon, set-up man Mike Adams, Chad Durbin, and Antonio Bastardo. Assumedly, Bastardo is the back-end lefty for late game situations, Horst for earlier ones, and Valdes the long-man. Aumont supplies some big-time strikeout potential, but also has some command issues that will dictate his role. This bullpen has some high-reward potential, but is also solid in the crucial 8th and 9th innings when they have a lead, much more so than a year ago.

The infield is pretty similar to the bullpen of five years ago, just a little older, and their health  will probably dictate this team's fate. Ryan Howard is back at first after playing less than half of 2012 while recovering from an achilles tear, and his excellent Spring gives us hope. Chase Utley is ready to play his first Opening Day since 2010, and showed a return of power both this Spring, and in his half-season in 2012, but it remains to be seen if he can play the whole season and be the Chase we remember. Jimmy Rollins is back at shortstop for another season, and looks to be ready to go, the only question is if he will hit lead-off on Monday or not. Michael Young will man third base for the first time as a Phillie, and is looking for a bounce-back after one of this worst season's offensively in his excellent career. The bigger worry on Young is his glove though, at a position he hasn't played well in several years (and was never great). There to provide a day-off and defensive replacements is Freddy Galvis, who seems to be mastering playing at every position. Kevin Frandsen was rewarded for a great 2012 (AAA All-Star before his successful call-up) with an Opening Day nod for 2013.

The big question mark that is the outfield will be much, much younger than the 2012 version on Opening Day (Pierre/Mayberry-Victorino-Pence). Dom Brown will finally get the Opening Day nod in a corner spot after a monster Spring training, though we don't know if it will be right or left field. Ben Revere is getting the nod in center field after being picked up in the Vance Worley trade, and easily provides the best defensive outfielder on the roster. He may also hit lead-off after a really solid 2012 in Minnesota, and an excellent Spring. It is likely that John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix will platoon in the other corner outfield slot. In the only maybe-surprise of camp, the Phillies have said that Ender Inciarte will break camp with the team. The Rule-5 pick has never played above High-A ball, and had some tough spring moments, but the Phillies were apparently confident enough.

Behind the plate, Carlos Ruiz heads to the restricted list for 25 games. Erik Kratz will get the nod in his absence for the starting job. Humberto Quintero edged out Steven Lerud for the temporary back-up job.

In addition to the 25 who made the team, Pete Orr, Lerud, and Zach Miner were optioned to the minors today, and none take a 40 man spot on the team either. Delmon Young was sent to the DL. On the 40 man roster in the minors, the Phillies stash position players Sebastian Valle (catcher at Reading), Tyson Gillies (center fielder in Lehigh Valley), Zach Collier (outfielder in Reading), Cesar Hernandez (second base at Lehigh Valley), and Darin Ruf (outfield/first base in Lehigh Valley). They are stashing starting pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Jon Pettibone, Ethan Martin, and B.J. Rosenberg all in Lehigh Valley. Relievers Mike Stutes (Lehigh Valley), Justin De Fratus (Lehigh Valley), Jake Diekman (Lehigh Valley), Joe Savery (Lehigh Valley), and Mauricio Robles (Reading) are all on the 40 man as well.

My initial take on this roster is that it's good- if healthy. We just won't know until a month or two from now when we see how they're doing. The spring has me bull-ish on the line-up, but now Dom Brown and Ryan Howard have to do that for real. On the mound, I'm confident in four of the five slots doing exactly what we expect, but I'm a bit nervous about the Halladay situation. I'm confident the bullpen will hold leads, and I'm actually confident in the line-up too. I do think  this is a playoff team. Their ability to win the beast of a division they're in is totally dependent on Halladay being himself. If he is, everyone look out. If not, we're a pitcher short of the Nats.

Kyle Kendrick, Josh Johnson Close Out Spring Training This Afternoon

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The Phillies have played 32 Grapefruit League games over the past two months preparing for a hopeful 2013 season. With Opening Day two days away, the Phillies are closing the books on spring training and gearing up for a 162 game ride. The Phillies will host the Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park for their On-Deck Series finale. Last night the Jays shut out the Phils, 1-0 in the first home game in Philadelphia since September 27th. Cliff Lee was fantastic through four, but it was Phillippe Aumount who surrendered the lone run, a home run by J.P. Arencibia in the fifth inning.

This afternoon, Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 5.14 ERA) will make his fifth and final start of the spring. In Kendrick's last start, a successful outing against the Yankees last Tuesday, he tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Kendrick allowed two hits and struck out three while taking the winning decision. With the regular season right around the corner, Kyle Kendrick will most likely make his first start of the season next weekend when the Phillies host the Kansas City Royals. Last year, Kendrick went 11-12 with a 3.90 ERA.

Josh Johnson (4-0, 1.13 ERA) will make his final start of the spring as well today, his third against the Phillies. Johnson has been spectacular so far this spring, winning three of his five starts and suppressing the opposition to a .138 batting average. Johnson's last start came on Monday against the Phillies, in that outing he threw 5 1/3 innings of shut out baseball. While allowing only four hits, Johnson struck out eight and walked just one. After today the Phillies won't see Johnson or the Blue Jays for the rest of the season. Johnson will most likely start in the Jays' first series against Cleveland.

Game Notes:

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins SS
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard DH
  5. Michael Young 3B
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Laynce Nix RF
  8. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
  9. Erik Kratz C

Kyle Kendrick will start today's game.

Blue Jays lineup: 

  1. Jose Reyes SS
  2. Melky Cabrera LF
  3. Jose Bautista RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion DH
  5. Adam Lind 1B
  6. Colby Rasmus CF
  7. Maicer Izturis 3B
  8. Henry Blanco C
  9. Emilio Bonafacio 2B

Josh Johnson will start today's game.

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Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.


Phillies Opening Day Roster Named; Some Suprises

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Today the Phillies announced their Opening Day roster. The usual players are there but there are a few surprises. For the third time in four years, the Phillies will carry a Rule 5 pick.

Pitchers:
Cole Hamels
Roy Halladay
Cliff Lee
Kyle Kendrick
John Lannan

Jonathan Papelbon
Mike Adams
Antonio Bastardo
Chad Durbin
Phillippe Aumont
Jeremy Horst
Raul Valdes

Infielders
Jimmy Rollins
Chase Utley
Ryan Howard
Michael Young
Kevin Frandsen
Freddy Galvis

Outfielders
John Mayberry
Laynce Nix
Ben Revere
Domonic Brown
Ender Inciarte

Catchers
Erik Kratz
Humberto Quintero

Restricted: Carlos Ruiz
DL: Delmon Young

Rich will analyze the roster later in his daily roster post. What do you think of te team?


Phils Shut Out By Buehrle, Blue Jays in 1-0 Loss

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Photo courtesty of Monica on Twitter

Cliff Lee made his final spring training start this evening at Citizens Bank Park. The Blue Jays are in town for two nights to wrap up this spring in an on-deck series. But of course, with an On-Deck series comes shananigans such as Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee launching hot dogs into the crowd, because why not?

Lee looked terrific tonight in four shut-out innings. He allowed just one hit while striking out five. Phillippe Aumont replaced Lee for one inning and struck out one. Aumont also allowed a solo homer to J.P. Arencibia which gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning.

Jeremy Horst tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh inning tonight and allowed one hit, walked one, and he struck out two. 

Mark Buehrle tossed five scoreless for the Jays tonight, allowing just two hits and striking out five. Brett Cecil followed with one scoreless inning, then another scoreless stretch for Aaron Loup.

Mike Adams tossed a scoreless top of the eighth followed by a perfect top of the ninth for Jonathan Papelbon. Down 1-0, the Phillies could not come back in the bottom of the ninth, dropping this one to the Jays, 1-0.

Tomorrow is the last day of spring training. The Jays and Phils will square off tomorrow afternoon at Citizens Bank Park at 1:05.