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Phillies option five to minor-league camp

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 10:55 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies optioned five players to their minor-league complex Tuesday morning, trimming the number of players left in big-league camp to 42. Pitchers Tyler Cloyd, B.J. Rosenberg and Mauricio Robles, center fielder Tyson Gillies and catcher Sebastian Valle were the five players... Read more

Phillies chat with Bob Brookover

Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:04 PM
The Inquirer's Bob Brookover takes your Phillies questions in a live chat, beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday. On a mobile device? Click HERE to follow along and submit questions. Read more

Grape 16: Phillies at Astros

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10:18 AM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Are we there yet? Sunday marks the halfway point of the 32-game Grapefruit League schedule. The Phillies are off Monday. Starting Tuesday, the battles for roster spots will intensify. Opening day is a mere 22 days away. OK, that's actually kind of far away. For the first... Read more

Watch those tricycles, Charlie!

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 4:23 PM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — It is a spring training tradition for the manager and some of his coaches to sit in lawn chairs next to the team's dugout. Charlie Manuel assumed his customary spot Sunday at Osceola County Stadium with pitching coach Rich Dubee to his left and catching coach Mick Billmeyer... Read more

Darin Ruf fine after being hit by pitch

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 3:09 PM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Darin Ruf's day was prematurely ended in the sixth inning Sunday when former Phillies prospect Jarred Cosart drilled him on the arm with a pitch. Ruf, who did not appear to be in overwhelming pain as he walked to the Phillies clubhouse, was struck above his left triceps. While... Read more

Morgan cherished big-league experience

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 12:37 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Adam Morgan, the first Phillies player to be reassigned to minor-league camp in this spring training, packed his belongings with a smile on his face. "Just being around all these guys was amazing," the 23-year-old lefthander said Saturday morning. "I'll remember this for the rest... Read more

Here comes Billmeyer out of the pen

Saturday, March 9, 2013, 10:19 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Little was said or written about Mick Billmeyer during his first nine seasons as a coach working out of the bullpen for the Phillies, but this season he is moving into the dugout as the team's catching coach. Billmeyer, 48, was once a second-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles... Read more

Grape 14: Phillies at Rays

Friday, March 8, 2013, 7:59 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Darin Ruf had his second two-hit game of the spring Thursday. His hitting is not what has concerned Phillies officials. "Hopefully that gets him going," Charlie Manuel said. "Ruf is a good hitter. I don't worry about him going 3 for 30 or something. He might be trying a little... Read more

Kevin Frandsen keeps hitting

Friday, March 8, 2013, 4:55 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — No one is hitting for more power in Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26) with six of those hits for extra... Read more

Domonic Brown's hand suffers from high OBP

Friday, March 8, 2013, 4:48 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — In more than half of Domonic Brown's 40 spring plate appearances, he has reached base. He singled two more times Friday. Both were against lefty David Price, last year's American League Cy Young Award winner. As it turns out, there are work hazards for being on base so... Read more
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