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Flyers Rally to Beat Capitals in Shootout

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It's no secret what has plagued the Flyers this season: the shootout. The Flyers had a 2-8 record in the shootout this season entering Wednesday night.

The Flyers used a complete effort to force overtime against the President's Trophy winners, the Washington Capitals, rallying for a goal late in the third.

But after an entertaining overtime, they solved the likely Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby and claimed a 2-0 shootout victory for a 2-1 win over the Capitals on Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

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Travis Konecny will not need surgery, returns to Sarnia

While the Flyers continue their run to the playoffs, one of their top prospects should be playing in the OHL Playoffs right now. But instead of taking the ice for a crucial Game 3 for the Sarnia Sting, Travis Konecny is in Philadelphia, being evaluated for a shoulder injury by Flyers team doctors.

Konecny dealt with shoulder problems prior to being drafted, particularly last season when he missed significant time with a shoulder injury, a potential reason that he slipped to the Flyers, who traded up from the 29th overall pick to the 24th overall pick to acquire him.

The news from the visit proved to be good news, as Konecny will not require surgery on his shoulder. So while he may be limited for the remainder of the season, it will not affect his offseason regimen or chances to potentially make a bid to make the jump to the NHL next season.

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Former Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins makes White Sox roster

The Chicago White Sox announced this afternoon that long-time Philadelphia Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins made their Opening Day roster. 

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Former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown fails to make the Blue Jays roster

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Former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown bats against his old team during Grapefruit League play (Frank Klose/Philliedelphia)

When the Toronto Blue Jays signed former Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, it was a near long shot that he would make the Opening Day roster.  Competing with outfielders Ezequiel Carrera, Junior Lake, Dalton Pompey,and Darrell Ceciliani, Brown had to climb a long way in order to make the roster.  The Blue Jays officially announced their 2016 Opening Day roster on Wednesday, and Brown was not on it.

In fact, when Blue Jays website Jays Journal wrote about the fourth outfielder's spot, Brown was not even mentioned:

Moments after announcing that the young Roberto Osuna will open the season as Toronto’s closer ahead of Drew Storen, manager John Gibbons named Ezequiel Carrera the club’s fourth outfielder.

Carrera had been in a training camp competition with Dalton Pompey (optioned earlier this month), Junior Lake, and Darrell Ceciliani.

Phillies fans are familiar with Ceciliani, who had a fine spring against the Phillies in 2016.

Brown's contract signed was for AAA Buffalo, so he will presumably report to AAA.   Chances are that Ceciliani will get the call to the Major Leagues before Brown does if the Blue Jays need an outfielder.  The good news for IronPigs fans is that they will see Brown, a fan favorite during his time in Lehigh Valley, 10 times this season if Brown stays with the Blue Jays organization.


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Phillies re-sign reliever Edward Mujica

The Phillies added another arm to their organization.  It was an arm that they had released just a day before.  After informing reliever Edward Mujica that the Phillies would not be on their Major League roster and giving him his unconditional release, the Phillies announced that they were bringing back Mujica on a minor league deal.  The Phillies had until Tuesday to assign him to the Major League roster or give him his release.

Mujica pitched pretty well for the Phillies this Spring, going 0-1 with a 2.16 earned run average.   But with a 40-man roster and Spring Training camp loaded with potential bullpen pieces, Mujica did not fit.  Mujica likely was presented with the option of a minor league deal upon his release and chose to exercise it.

The Phillies bullpen appears to have Brett Oberholtzer, David Hernandez, Jeanmar Gomez, and Dalier Hinjosa  decided upon.  Remaining in consideration for the final three spots include Rule 5 left-handed pitcher Daniel Stumpf and left-hand pitcher James Russell, as well as right-handed pitchers Andrew Bailey and Ernesto Frieri.   

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin hinted that the Phillies could take three left-handed pitchers, meaning that Stumpf and Russell could make the team, leaving room for either Bailey or Frieri.  The Phillies must add Frieri to the roster by tomorrow or grant him his release.  The Phillies have until May 1 until Bailey has an opt-out, so that could mean Frieri has an edge.


Andres Blanco slams Phillies past Astros in Grapefruit League finale

By: Brandon Apter, contributor

Final: Phillies 8, Astros 4  ❖  Attendance: 5,575 

Clearwater, FL: On their final day of Grapefruit League action before heading north, the Phillies offense was nowhere to be seen again. Well, at least through the first seven innings. Astros ace Dallas Keuchel spun seven shutout innings and it seemed as if Houston would walk away with a shutout victory, but the Phils offense erupted in the eighth for eight runs, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Andres Blanco. The victory was the Phils first since March 21st.

The Phillies head north for a matchup with their Futures Team on Thursday night at 6:05 in Reading at FirstEnergy Stadium.

WP: Daniel Stumpf (1-1, 3.97 ERA)  ❖  LP: Tony Sipp (0-1, 4.50 ERA) ❖  SV: Danny Barnes (1)

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Phillies News: Manuel says Franco could 'definitely' hit 30 home runs

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Philadelphia Phillies' third-baseman Maikel Franco swings in a game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Spring Training home of the Toronto Blue Jays.  (Frank Klose/Philliedelphia)

Charlie Manuel is more than two years removed from being the Philadelphia Phillies' manager, though in the same seven-day period that the Phillies gave their current manager a contract extension, Manuel has been rather vocal.

Earlier this week, Manuel suggested in an interview with the AP that "he knows" he could still manage in the league.

He followed that up Wednesday by telling 94 WIP's Ike Reese and Glen Macnow that upon being asked he does believe Maikel Franco could hit 30 home runs and have 100 RBIs in 2016.

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Retro Phillies powder blue and maroon highlight latest Lehigh Valley IronPigs jersey

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are known for their innovative uniforms.  When they're not doing cheesesteak, Batman, or bacon jerseys, they always seem to be dreaming up something new.   This time, Phillies fans with a preference for retro uniforms will enjoy this one.

The IronPigs unveiled the powder blue and maroon jerseys on their Twitter account:

The related caps have a Liberty Bell on them, instead of a pig.

The IronPigs made headlines last week when they introduced a cheesesteak-themed uniform that included a temporary rebrand of the IronPigs as the "Cheesesteaks" for a day.


Phillies Season Outlook: The Starting Rotation

In 2015, the Philadelphia Phillies' starting rotation was the picture of instability. The team opened up the season, due to how the schedule fell, with a four-man rotation. Cole Hamels was the ace, and he was joined by Aaron Harang, Jerome Williams and David Buchanan. Due to trades, options and injuries, not a single one of those four starters was in the Phillies' rotation at the end of the season. 

If you were going to draw up a formula for how to obtain the No. 1 pick, having none of the members of your Opening Day starting rotation -- and many of their replacements, finish the season in the rotation, would be a pretty good place to start. 

General manager Matt Klentak did his best to fix that this off-season, acquiring two veteran arms that will immediately slide into the team's rotation and one young arm that he hopes will be a stalwart in the rotation for years to come. 

Part three of our Phillies Season Outlook series discusses whether the Phillies' rotation can show glimpses of a brighter future in 2016.

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