Thursday, March 5, 2015

Elvis Araujo impressing early in Grapefruit League play

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:01 PM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. --- Elvis Araujo has yet to pitch above double-A in the regular season. But early in Grapefruit League play, the 6-foot-6 lefthander from Venezuela has impressed in two outings. After striking out the side in Sunday's exhibition loss to the University of Tampa, Araujo pitched a 1-2-3... Read more

Cliff Lee to make spring debut vs. Astros

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12:49 PM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Cliff Lee will pitch in his first game since last July on Thursday afternoon when the Phillies play the Houston Astros. Lee, 36, missed most of last season with a strained left elbow. He finished 4-5 with a 3.65 ERA. He will likely pitch the first two innings. The Inquirer's Jake... Read more

Phillies take down Yankees, 3-1, for first Grapefruit League win

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12:37 PM
The Phillies beat the Yankees, 3-1, at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Grapefruit League play to get their first win of spring training. Odubel Herrera had three singles and scored two runs, the second coming in the seventh inning to put the Phillies up 3-1. After stealing second, the 24-year old... Read more

Maikel Franco to start vs. Yankees

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:27 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Maikel Franco will make his first start of spring training on Wednesday afternoon when the Phillies travel to Tampa to play the New York Yankees. Franco, 22, will bat fifth and play third base. He played 16 games last season for the Phillies after spending the entire season in triple... Read more

Ryan Howard: We're all moving forward

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 3:29 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryan Howard broke his silence on Tuesday afternoon after finishing 2 for 2 with an RBI in the Phillies Grapefruit League opener against the New York Yankees. The Phillies first baseman said he would only talk about the game. His offseason included a lawsuit with family members over... Read more

Aaron Harang to miss turn in rotation

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:25 AM
Righthander Aaron Harang, originally slated to start Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees in Tampa, will miss his turn in the rotation for what he called "maintenance" reasons. Harang, whom the Phillies signed in January to a one-year, $5 million deal, said the reason for... Read more

Justin De Fratus adding heat to his fastball

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:16 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Justin De Fratus spent the offseason hoping to add a bit more velocity to his fastball. The 27-year-old righthander’s fastball sat around 91 m.p.h. last season, two ticks below his mark from 2013, according to FanGraphs. De Fratus said he built the strength through a more... Read more

Ryan Howard batting cleanup in opener against Yankees

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:42 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ben Revere will bat leadoff and Ryan Howard will be hitting fourth as the Phillies open Grapefruit League play on Tuesday against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field. Cesar Hernandez will start at second base in place of Chase Utley, who is nursing a sore right ankle. Hernandez... Read more

Ankle likely to keep Chase Utley out of this week's Grapefruit League games

Monday, March 2, 2015, 12:23 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Chase Utley, his right ankle still not 100 percent recovered from a January sprain, said he probably won't play in any of this week's Grapefruit League games. With the regular-season opener still more than a month away, the veteran second baseman is using caution as he works his... Read more

Rule 5 lefthander Andy Oliver competing for Phillies' bullpen spot

Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:59 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Andy Oliver was en route to a late morning workout in Arizona when he received the call. He of course knew the significance of this December day but hadn’t really considered the possibility of being selected in baseball's Rule 5 draft. “And sure enough,” he said... Read more
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