CLEARWATER, Fla. -- A potential precursor to the World Series, this will not be. That's what a three-hour bus trip will do to a team in spring training. It can be ugly.
So, we present the Phillies travel roster for the trip to play Boston in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday:
John Mayberry Jr.
Or as one pitcher who is scheduled to make the trip said: "You know, when I looked at the schedule two weeks ago, I knew I'd be pitching that day."
One of the Four Aces will be there. Cole Hamels makes the start. It was supposed to be against Josh Beckett, but he will miss the game after being struck by a ball on the head, causing a mild concussion.
AND ABOUT TODAY. Brown is out of the lineup against Baltimore, his first day not playing this spring. He's 0 for 12 with eight strikeouts.
A potentially awkward moment was barely avoided this morning in the clubhouse. MLB Network was on and many of the players were milling around and watching. They did a long segment on Brown's swing and the problems he's having.
Brown walked in just as the segment was ending. Silence.
ANOTHER SECOND BASEMAN. Brian Bocock will start at second this afternoon. He's the fourth different player to start there this spring in Chase Utley's absence. (The others: Wilson Valdez, Pete Orr, Josh Barfield.)
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