Quick: name the only reliever in camp to have a 2008 World Series ring.
It’s Chad Durbin, of course. The veteran reliever, who first arrived to Philly before the ’08 season, is back for his second tour of duty with the team in 2013.
Durbin is scheduled to come out of the ‘pen tonight in Tampa against the New York Yankees. The 35-year-old Durbin has already pitched in four spring games, with mixed results.
In his first two appearances, Durbin didn’t allow a run, gave up just one hit and struck out two while walking none. In his last two, Durbin has given up four runs on six hits in two innings.
When asked about his spring, Durbin gave an interesting answer, even invoking Roy Halladay’s off-kilter performance from Tuesday into his explanation.
“I think I started too well in the first couple and then, two or three pitches into the last two outings, I’ve had guys on second and third, and then it’s like, all right, let me try to get out of this,” Durbin said. “You have a game plan going -- I think it’s kind of like what happened to Doc yesterday -- you have this game plan going and you’re only going to throw a majority of heaters and try to get some fastball command, and then all of a sudden you’re trying not to let runs score, and then, in turn you let some runs score because you try to hit the accelerator and it just hasn’t been hit yet.
“So you try to make some pitches and you come off of it… it’s a good process. And it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it, you try to go get it and it’s just not there yet. And then it makes you go back to the drawing board, ‘OK what do I need to do.’ I feel like my stuff, my bullpens have been great. My stuff’s been solid. It’s just a matter of going out there and pitching more.”
Here are the lineups for the Phils and Yanks, including a familiar name hitting fifth for an injury-ravaged New York team.
- Ben Revere, CF
- Kevin Frandsen, DH
- Chase Utley, 2B
- John Mayberry Jr., 1B
- Domonic Brown, RF
- Darin Ruf, LF
- Josh Fields, 3B
- Freddy Galvis, SS
- Humberto Quintero, C
Cliff Lee will start, with Durbin, Zach Miner, Justin De Fratus and Mike Stutes also scheduled to pitch.
- Derek Jeter, SS
- Ichiro Suzuki, LF
- Kevin Youkilis, 3B
- Juan Rivera, 1B
- Ben Francisco, RF
- Matt Diaz, DH
- Chris Stewart, 1B
- Melky Mesa, CF
- Gil Velazquez, 2B
Andy Pettitte is starting for New York on the mound.