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Archive: March, 2012

Blanton leads Phils to first win

Monday, March 5, 2012, 7:56 PM
Video: The Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports from Clearwater, Fla., as the Phillies earned their first Grapefruit League win over the Yankees, 9-3. Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag. Read more

Polanco plays as Utley, Ruiz rest again

Monday, March 5, 2012, 5:05 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Carlos Ruiz took a long glare at the lineup card posted Monday in the middle of the Phillies clubhouse. "What's up Chooch?" Charlie Manuel yelled as he walked past. "Where's your name at?" Ruiz smiled. In blue sharpie, his name was written second under righthanded bench hitters... Read more

Contreras continues to progress from elbow surgery

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 12:06 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- While the Phillies participating in the game against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field took the bus ride over to Tampa Sunday morning, a contingent of "stay behinds" went through a brief and breezy workout at Bright House Field. First baseman Ryan Howard, out since undergoing... Read more

Ibanez adjusts to life as a Yankee

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 11:37 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — He wears navy pinstripes now, and this was an altered reality Raul Ibanez had trouble rationalizing. The first time he put on a Yankees uniform, Ibanez said he looked down and couldn't believe it. Now he's one of them. The pain of being a Phillie and falling short to New York... Read more

Phillies fall in Grapefruit opener

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 8:28 PM
Video: The Phillies fell to the Yankees, 8-5, in their Grapefruit League opener on Saturday. The Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports from Bright House Field. Read more

Hey, there's a lineup

Saturday, March 3, 2012, 7:59 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is baseball today. Almost real major-league baseball. On television. So celebrate the opening of the Grapefruit League schedule. The Yankees are in town and will throw Ivan Nova. The game starts at 1:05 and is televised on Comcast SportsNet. Charlie Manuel's lineup... Read more

Manuel 'in no hurry' to play Utley

Friday, March 2, 2012, 11:55 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Chase Utley will not be at second base when the Phillies open their Grapefruit League schedule Saturday against the Yankees. And it's possible Utley does not see game action for some time. Earlier in the spring, Charlie Manuel said he planned to play Utley less during exhibition... Read more

Victorino backs off demand

Friday, March 2, 2012, 10:04 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The way Shane Victorino sees it, why shouldn't he want to shoot for the stars with his next contract? A day after telling two reporters he was seeking a five-year deal, Victorino wanted to clarify his demands: Most paramount is a desire to remain in Philadelphia. "I'd like... Read more

Golf day

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 12:47 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's the slowest time in Phillies camp, the day when the workout is shortened so players, coaches and staff can leave early for the annual Bill Giles golf tournament. Grapefruit League games are still two days away, so we are truly in the stagnant stage. Here are some small... Read more

Understanding payroll and luxury tax

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 9:33 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — They will play Grapefruit League baseball this weekend, the latest sign that meaningful Phillies games are closer. If last season's camp was defined by the hype surrounding Four Aces, much of this early spring has been about money. How much can Cole Hamels make? Will the Phillies... Read more
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