Blogging to you live from a cramped press box at Joker-Merchant Stadium in Lakeland, where the Phillies are getting set to start their final Grapefruit League game of the spring. In about five hours, the Phillies and their coaches will hop on a charter jet at a nearby municipal airport and head up to Philadelphia, where they'll face Toronto in an exhibition at Citizens Bank Park tomorrow night.
First, some news:
LHP Travis Blackley has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. There was a chance Blackley, a rule 5 selection from San Francisco, could have returned to the Giants. But it appears he'll remain a Phillie this season, sharpening up in Triple-A in case the team needs another lefty arm during the season.
Second, what's in the paper: