Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grape 3: Tigers at Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. — For the second straight day, Domonic Brown is not in Charlie Manuel's starting lineup. Brown is not hurt, nor is he playing poorly.

Grape 3: Tigers at Phillies

While some players might like to spout off bulletin-board material one year and talk about having a chip on their shoulder the next, Cliff Lee doesn´t get mixed up in emotions. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
While some players might like to spout off bulletin-board material one year and talk about having a chip on their shoulder the next, Cliff Lee doesn't get mixed up in emotions. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — For the second straight day, Domonic Brown is not in Charlie Manuel's starting lineup. Brown is not hurt, nor is he playing poorly.

With 32 games on the Grapefruit League schedule, there is plenty of time to be shared among a crowded outfield competition.

"We have ten outfielders," Manuel said. "Somewhere along the line probably like halfway through spring training we’re going to have to at least make some decisions on four of them. That would be the first thing probably. We're going to try to get them all some playing time so we can see them enough.

"But if somebody really jumps out and gets going like Brown... the last three days he's swung well. He's played good outfield and stuff like that. We can settle on a guy."

Of course, the Phillies have not yet settled on Brown. With a lefty, Drew Smyly, pitching for Detroit on Monday, Manuel opted for John Mayberry Jr. in right field.

It's probably best not to read into it.

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

PHILLIES (0-1-1)
1. Yuniesky Betancourt 6
2. Chase Utley 4
3. Michael Young 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Darin Ruf 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 0
7. John Mayberry Jr. 9
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Michael Martinez 8

Pitchers: Cliff Lee, Tyler Cloyd, Mike Stutes, Phillippe Aumont, Jonathan Papelbon and Raul Valdes.

TIGERS (1-1-1)
TBA

Pitchers: Drew Smyly, TBA

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

In Monday's Inquirer: Roy Halladay threw 22 pitches Sunday for a fine start, but hardly a coronation of his return. ... Bob Brookover examines the promise contained in Jake Diekman's left arm. ... Jim Leyland thinks Delmon Young is a great fit for Philly. Ruben Amaro Jr. does not want to rush him.

Tuesday: Yankees at Phillies (Jose Ramirez vs. Kyle Kendrick) in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.


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