CLEARWATER, Fla. — Kyle Kendrick had already cost himself one run with a throwing error. Now another potential one stood on second base with one out in the fourth inning Tuesday and two Yankees established hitters, Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner, loomed.
Kendrick reached a 2-2 count on both hitters. He threw a change-up each time. Both swung and missed. The evolution of a pitcher and pitch continued.
"It's a good out pitch for me," Kendrick said. "It looks so much like my sinker. It has come a long way."
Kendrick was sharp in becoming the first Phillies pitcher to complete six innings. He required only 68 pitches to do so. He threw 20 more in the bullpen and called it a day.
"That's the best I've felt all spring," he said.
EXTRA BASES. Jonathan Papelbon, pitching for the first time in five days, threw a scoreless eighth inning. He was sidelined by a stomach virus. ... Ryan Howard bashed his fifth home run of the spring. It was off lefthander Josh Spence. Howard is hitting .400 (8 for 20) with half of his hits for extra bases against lefties this spring. ... Righthander Rodrigo Lopez was resassigned to minor-league camp one day after allowing eight runs in two innings to Atlanta. ... The Phillies are off Wednesday. They have eight games remaining in Florida.
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