Saturday, July 4, 2015

Grape 12: Nationals at Phillies

It is believed the Phillies have never faced the Washington Nationals during Grapefruit League play. The Nationals train in far-away Viera and rarely make trips to the Gulf Coast. They arrive Wednesday with Stephen Strasburg.

Grape 12: Nationals at Phillies

0 comments
Washington Nationals ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
Washington Nationals ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It is believed the Phillies have never faced the Washington Nationals during Grapefruit League play. The Nationals train in far-away Viera and rarely make trips to the Gulf Coast.

They arrive Wednesday with Stephen Strasburg.

The young star will oppose Roy Halladay in a fun matchup for early March. Washington did not bring many of its regular position players; Denard Span is the lone exception.

Meanwhile, Charlie Manuel will hold Darin Ruf out of Wednesday's lineup. That could be for two reasons: One, winds are gusting at 30 m.p.h. and it could make left field an adventure. Two, he does not want Ruf to suffer more indignation at the plate with a strong starter on the mound.

More coverage
 
BOX SCORE: Braves 2, Phillies 1
 
Getting to know Andy MacPhail
 
VOTE: Will MacPhail get Phillies on right track?
 
Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!
 
Buy Phillies jerseys and other gear
 
WATCH: Daily fantasy baseball updates

Here is your daily skinny on the day's Grapefruit League action...

PHILLIES (5-5-1)
1. Ben Revere 8
2. Michael Young 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Domonic Brown 7
6. Laynce Nix 0
7. John Mayberry Jr. 9
8. Tommy Joseph 2
9. Yuniesky Betancourt 6

Pitchers: Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus, Jake Diekman and Chad Durbin

NATIONALS (5-3-2)
1. Denard Span 8
2. Steve Lombardozzi 4
3. Anthony Rendon 6
4. Tyler Moore 0
5. Corey Brown 9
6. Chris Marrero 3
7. Carlos Rivero 7
8. Matt Skole 5
9. Jhonatan Solano 2

Pitchers: Stephen Strasburg, Fernando Abad, Yunesky Maya, Erik Davis, Cole Kimball

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: TCN
Radio: None

Thursday: Twins (SS) at Phillies (Kyle Gibson vs. Cliff Lee), in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter