Thursday, December 25, 2014

Grape 8: Phillies at Blue Jays

The Phillies face reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in Saturday's Grapefruit League action.

Grape 8: Phillies at Blue Jays

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies were not upset to see R.A. Dickey leave the National League East. In the last three seasons, the knuckleballer made nine starts for the Mets vs. Philadelphia. He had a 2.90 ERA in those games, although the Phillies hit him better with time.

They will not see Dickey, now a Toronto Blue Jay, during the regular season. But the Jays train all of five miles from Clearwater, so Dickey is not too far in the springtime. He will pitch Saturday.

It is Dickey's last appearance with Toronto before departing to lead the United States' rotation in the World Baseball Classic.

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

PHILLIES (3-3-1)
1. Ben Revere 8
2. Kevin Frandsen 4
3. Michael Young 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Domonic Brown 7
6. Laynce Nix 9
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. John Mayberry Jr. 0
9. Freddy Galvis 6

Pitchers: Cliff Lee, Tyler Cloyd, Mike Stutes, Chad Durbin

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: MLB Network (delayed, 4 p.m.)
Radio: 1210 WPHT

Sunday: Blue Jays at Phillies (SS) (Ricky Romero vs. Aaron Cook) in Clearwater, 1:05 p.m.
Phillies (SS) at Orioles (Kyle Kendrick vs. Chris Tillman) in Sarasota, 1:05 p.m.

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