Raul Valdes Starts, Ryne Sandberg Manages, And Freddy Galvis Plays Left Field Against Rays


The Phillies were crushed yesterday, 13-4 at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays. John Lannan was lit up for 12 earned runs on 14 hits through four innings in yesterday's ball game. Lannan's response to his horrific start?

"Got my butt kicked, gotta move on." 

Great response and attitude. Given that it is still spring training and it's his only terrible start so far, there's no question that Lannan will rebound from this start.

Today the Phillies will host the Tampa Bay Rays for their second-to-last Grapefruit League game. Raul Valdes (1-0, 4.40 ERA) will make his second start this spring. Almost a shoe-in for a bullpen spot, the Phillies are most likely giving Valdes the start to prep the regular rotation for the beginning of the season. In Valdes' last start, back on March 16th against the Yankees, he went three innings while allowing just three hits. Since then, he has made one other appearance, an inning in relief on Friday against Atlanta. Valdes allowed one home run and struck out a batter in his inning of work. 

Opposing Valdes and the Phils will be 32-year-old Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 3.00). Hernandez will make his sixth start of the spring, his first against the Phillies. In Hernandez's last outing, a six-inning bout against Toronto, the right-hander allowed an earned run on three hits while striking out two. Despite being given a no-decision, Hernandez has been great for the Rays so far this spring. Allowing just 7 ER in 21 innings along with a .213 BAA, Hernandez has also given up just five walks.

Game Notes:

  • Ryne Sandberg will manage today's game as Charlie Manuel gets dental work done today.
  • Freddy Galvis (.288, 2 HR, 8 RBI in 66 AB) will play in left field today, showing his fielding versatility.
  • Ben Revere will lead off today's ball game after Jimmy Rollins led off yesterday's game.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Jimmy Rollins SS
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Domonic Brown RF
  6. Kevin Frandsen 3B
  7. Pete Orr DH
  8. Freddy Galvis LF
  9. Humberto Quintero C

Raul Valdes will start today's game.

Rays lineup:

  1. Sean Rodriguez CF
  2. Mike Fontenot 2B
  3. Ryan Roberts 3B
  4. Shelley Duncan 1B
  5. Jose Labaton C
  6. Drew Vettleson RF
  7. Vince Belnome DH
  8. Jason Bourgeois LF
  9. Shawn O'Malley SS

Roberto Hernandez will start today's game.

TV: The Comcast Network
Radio: None

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

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