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Rollins' WBC run is over

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the United States eliminated from the World Baseball Classic after Friday night's loss to Puerto Rico, shortstop Jimmy Rollins will soon be back in Clearwater for the remainder of spring training with the Phillies.

Rollins' WBC run is over

Jimmy Rollins played shortstop for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Jimmy Rollins played shortstop for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the United States eliminated from the World Baseball Classic after Friday night's loss to Puerto Rico, shortstop Jimmy Rollins will soon be back in Clearwater for the remainder of spring training with the Phillies.

Manager Charlie Manuel said he did not know exactly when Rollins was going to return, but he will be happy to have his entire team together for the closing weeks of camp.

"I mean, yeah, I wanted to see (the United States) do good, but I'm also looking forward to Jimmy coming back," Manuel said before the Phillies Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees Saturday. "Getting him back the last couple weeks, that should help him and us."

Rollins made the final out in the United States' 4-3 loss to Puerto Rico, which eliminated the American team before they could reach the final round of play in San Francissaco. He was the last remaining Phillies player on a WBC roster. First-base coach Juan Samuel is still involved as the third-base coach for the Dominican Republic.

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Rollins batted .321 (9-for-28) with a double and four runs scored in six games during the tournament.

Hamels goes five

Cole Hamels pitched five innings and allowed four runs on six hits Saturday morning in an intrasquad game against Phillies minor-leaguers. He walked two batters, struck out six and allowed a home run to Cody Overbeck, who finished last season at triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Hamels threw 84 pitches, including 57 strikes.

Today in Tampa

Pitching coach Rich Dubee said Raul Valdes will likely go three innings against the Yankees. Mike Adams, Chad Durbin, Jake Diekman and Michael Stutes are also scheduled to pitch.

The lineup: Ben Revere, CF, Michael Young, 3B, Chase Utley, 2B, Ryan Howard, 1B, Domonic Brown, LF, Laynce Nix, RF, Jermaine Mitchell, DH, Yuniesky Betancourt, SS, Steven Lerud, C.



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