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This week's Phillies pitching schedule

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 9:21 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies have only one split-squad day this spring, and it comes Sunday. That will create a spring start for Aaron Cook, the 11-year veteran. Also on next week's schedule is a Tuesday date with the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic. The various countries... Read more

Grape 6: Braves at Phillies

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 8:01 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's February 28, and the public's interest in the Phillies' batting order is fascinating. Spring training is a time for experimentation and tinkering. Nothing more, nothing less. But whenever Charlie Manuel fields a Grapefruit League lineup, there are myriad complaints from... Read more

Darin Ruf's adventures in left field continue

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 4:54 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The line drive was falling fast, and Darin Ruf had to decide whether he could catch it or play the hop. A left fielder with more seasoning would have made his choice before the ball arrived. Ruf did not. It landed as a single for Braves shortstop Ramiro Pena and then bounced... Read more

Charlie Manuel tests different top of lineup

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 4:42 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ask the manager, and he is sure to offer a steadfast defense of Jimmy Rollins batting leadoff. Charlie Manuel has done such already this spring. It is quite likely Rollins is the first Phillies batter to hit April 1. Naturally, Manuel batted Rollins second Thursday. Ben Revere... Read more

Ryan Howard, spring's iron man, is hitting

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3:50 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — There are no participation awards for Grapefruit League play, especially not for an aging Phillies team that must maintain its health during a relentless 162-game schedule. But there was Ryan Howard, in the lineup Thursday for the sixth time in six days, and still hitting the... Read more

Wally Joyner: Domonic Brown whisperer?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 2:08 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Wally Joyner stuck out his left fist for a bump Wednesday as Domonic Brown dashed past the batting cage. When Brown poked one the opposite way a few minutes later, Joyner nodded his head and said, "Atta boy." In between batting practice rounds, Joyner mimicked a swing to make... Read more

Cox says the Braves have a Ruf, too

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 11:43 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- On a visit to the Braves' spring-training site in the shadows of Disney World earlier this week, I ran into former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. For what it's worth, Cox really likes the Phillies' acquisition of third baseman Michael Young and believes he will make the adjustment... Read more

Grape 5: Phillies at Twins

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 10:23 AM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Greetings from one of the outposts of the Grapefruit League. The Phillies have actually brought a few marquee players along for the 130-mile trip. Ryan Howard will make his fifth start in five days. Charlie Manuel promised to play his first baseman with regularity, and so... Read more

Jayson Werth thinks Phillies, not Braves, are Nationals' biggest threat

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:04 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — For the first time in years, the Phillies are not favorites to win the National League East. No, not when the Washington Nationals, a team with an average age of 27.2 last year, are coming off a 98-win season. In most circles, the Phillies are not even viewed as the second-best... Read more

Darin Ruf slowed by arm soreness

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 4:46 PM
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Phillies want Darin Ruf to accumulate as many at-bats as possible this spring. So when he did not play Tuesday and only pinch-hit in the eighth inning Wednesday, it raised a red flag. As it turns out, Ruf had been dealing with some arm soreness as a result of his position... Read more
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