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Archive: February, 2013

If it's on the ground, John Lannan is happy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 3:10 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Only eight starting pitchers have induced ground balls at a higher rate than John Lannan since 2008. Lannan is not an overpowering pitcher. Rarely will he miss bats. So he relies on keeping the ball down in the zone, and then on the ground. Four of his six outs Wednesday were... Read more

Guaranteed a spot, Kyle Kendrick can use spring to tinker

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 2:40 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — One of the upshots of Kyle Kendrick being guaranteed a rotation spot this winter is the freedom of a spring without worries. The results of his Grapefruit League appearances are meaningless. He will be the fourth starter come April. Kendrick's spring debut Tuesday against... Read more

With field wet, Chase Utley is scratched from lineup

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:58 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Some 40 minutes before Tuesday's scheduled first pitch, Charlie Manuel and Ryne Sandberg took a stroll to where Chase Utley would normally stand on the infield dirt. The area was pounded by rain all morning, and once the tarp was removed from the field, more water formed there... Read more

Cliff Lee and the importance of throwing strike one

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 10:35 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Last season, Cliff Lee threw a first-pitch strike to 71 percent of the batters he faced. No pitcher had been that efficient since 2005, when Minnesota's Brad Radke threw strike one 73 percent of the time. No, it is not a definitve way to measure success. That season, Radke... Read more

Grape 4: Yankees at Phillies

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 9:08 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Clearwater High School, located a few miles down the road from Bright House Field, nicknames its sports teams the Tornadoes. That never made sense to me until this morning, when I checked the local weather forecast and found just about the entire gulf side of Florida is under... Read more

Domonic Brown continues strong start with long dinger

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 4:37 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Domonic Brown swung and the ball disappeared behind the black batter's eye at Bright House Field. In the dugout, Charlie Manuel smiled. Catching coach Mick Billmeyer turned to the manager and said, "He hit that pretty good." Uh, yeah. "I was trying to look," Brown said, "but... Read more

Grape 3: Tigers at Phillies

Monday, February 25, 2013, 8:55 AM
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... Read more

Mike Stutes stumbles in spring debut

Monday, February 25, 2013, 5:01 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A little more than 10 months since he last appeared in a game, Mike Stutes stood on the mound at Bright House Field and tried too hard. His first five pitches Monday were balls. His next one was driven to the warning track in left field. He walked two batters, fell behind... Read more

Miguel Cabrera destroyed a Jonathan Papelbon fastball

Monday, February 25, 2013, 4:50 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — During batting practice, it is not an uncommon sight at Bright House Field. Balls fly over the tiki bar in left field, sometimes causing damage to whatever vehicles are parked beyond the walls of the stadium. That sort of power is rare in actual games. Then Miguel Cabrera's... Read more

Roy Halladay throws strikes, allows home run in spring debut

Sunday, February 24, 2013, 2:12 PM
LAKELAND, Fla. — At 1:14 p.m., Roy Halladay launched a baseball from his right hand, an act anticipated for five months. He threw 22 times in all Sunday against Detroit with his prized right arm intact. The lone man to reach base was Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who socked a 2-1... Read more
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