Kendrick ready for season

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Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick. (Kathy Willens/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Kyle Kendrick's final extended outing of spring training looked better in person than it did on paper.

The results said that the Phillies righthander allowed five runs on six hits, including three home runs, in a minor-league game against triple-A players from the New York Yankees Monday afternoon at the Carpenter Complex.

Those who watched Kendrick pitch were more impressed with his stuff, including a slider that he spent much of the outing trying to refine.

"I wanted to throw my slider and I felt like it came a long way," he said. "I threw a lot for strikes and got some swings and misses."

Kendrick struck out eight batters and walked just one. He allowed a solo home run in the second inning that went out to left field, where the wind was howling. He allowed two home runs in the third, then retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, including four on strikeouts.

"A couple (of the home runs) got up in there and just went," he said. "I’m not really concerned about that. The stuff I wanted to work on was good. They were tough to pitch to because sometimes they laid off stuff that were good pitches and other times they came out of chute and ambushed me on the first pitch."

Kendrick will make an abbreviated start Saturday against Toronto at Citizens Bank Park, then will likely pitch the home opener April 5 against Kansas City.

"This is the best I've ever felt where I'm at with everything," Kendrick said. "I feel very comfortable with my stuff and who I am as a pitcher. I'm excited to get going, that's for sure."

D. Young report

Delmon Young, who will open the season on the disabled list after offseason ankle surgery, batted three times in the minor-league game and was 0-for-3, while reaching once on an error. It was clear by how gingerly he ran to first base that Young needs more time before he can play in the outfield.

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