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Archive: February, 2013

Ten Phillies players headed to World Baseball Classic

Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:15 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies will be represented by 10 players in this year's World Baseball Classic. They range from longtime shortstop Jimmy Rollins to 18-year-old Lucas Rojo, who has played all of 18 games for the Phillies' team in the Venezuelan Summer League. Rosters were officially... Read more

Darin Ruf, Domonic Brown enjoy fine first day

Friday, February 22, 2013, 3:54 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — If every day this spring is like Friday, Charlie Manuel will have no worries about his outfield. Darin Ruf doubled in each of his first two at-bats during the intrasquad game. Domonic Brown singled and doubled his two times up. "Ruf and Brown had a good day, didn't they?"... Read more

Grateful for chance, Adam Morgan impresses

Friday, February 22, 2013, 3:41 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Adam Morgan has no intentions of deleting this voicemail until there is another one more worthy. He was working out in Marietta, Ga., last December when a Phillies official called to extend Morgan an invitation to big-league spring training. "December 18," said Morgan, who... Read more

Schmidt gives views on Hall of Fame shutout

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 2:18 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mike Schmidt always comes to spring training armed with some strong opinions, but the Hall of Fame third baseman did not want to get overly involved in talk about baseball's steroid era, which took center stage last month when the Baseball Writers Association of America did not... Read more

Chase Utley scheduled for Friday, Saturday game action

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 2:18 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — When a player has not made an appearance in the Grapefruit League for two years, his mere presence in exhibition games becomes noteworthy. Such is the situation with Chase Utley, who has not appeared in a spring game since 2010. He is scheduled to play two days in a row... Read more

Span on Revere: He can take over a game

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 10:25 AM
VIERA, Fla. -- If you want a scouting report on new Phillies center fielder Ben Revere, his former Minnesota Twins teammate Denard Span is more than willing to offer one. "First off, the Phillies got a real, real good player and a real good teammate," Span said before working out with his new team... Read more

Cole Hamels to start Grapefruit League opener

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 9:18 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Rich Dubee would not reveal his plans until he posted the sheet on a bulletin board in the Phillies clubhouse. But now it can be said: Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League opener on Saturday, putting him in line to make his first career opening-day start April 1. Hamels... Read more

Halladay's streak of opening-day starts likely to end

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:36 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pitching coach Rich Dubee is not ready to announce the Phillies’ opening-day starter in Atlanta, but read between the lines of what he’s saying and you can conclude that the decision is down to Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee. That means someone other than Roy Halladay would... Read more

Sebastian Valle plays through fractured finger

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:12 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sebastian Valle, a Phillies catching prospect, suffered the first (albeit minor) injury of camp. Valle has a small fracture on his right (throwing) ring finger, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. The injury did not restrict Valle from participating in drills Tuesday... Read more

Mike Stutes tests shoulder against hitters

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2:07 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Spring training, like anything, is measured in increments. The pitchers throw bullpen sessions, then live batting practice, and ultimately in exhibition games. The steps are more pronounced for a pitcher like Mike Stutes, who has not faced a hitter in 10 months, because of... Read more
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