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March 10 2007

The Phillies lost the Red Sox yesterday afternoon, falling 11-10 to drop to 4-5 in spring training.  Not a good day for Matt Smith.

The Phils started Coste at first and Barajas behind the plate.

Wes Helms had a two-run homer, his second home run of spring training.  Michael Bourn had an RBI-double.  Barajas was 2-for-3 with a double.  Nunez was 1-for-4 with a single and two RBI.  Werth was 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.

Coste was 1-for-3 and hit into a double-play.  Dobbs 1-for-2 with an RBI-double. 

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and was roughed up early as five of the first six men he faced reached on two doubles, a triple and two walks.  Boston scored four times in the inning.  In the second, Hamels got the first two men before walking the next two and getting Manny Ramirez to ground out and end the inning.

Joe Bisenius followed Hamels and went two scoreless innings in which he struck out three.  Matt Smith entered the game after Bisenius and allowed a home run to David Ortiz, the first man he faced.  Smith then walked three of the next four men batters.  He would get two outs in the inning, but the Red Sox had scored five times in the frame before he was lifted for Geary.  Kevin Youkilis greeted Geary with an RBI-double before Geary got a strikeout to end the inning.  Smith was charged with six runs in 2/3 of an inning, only four of which were earned thanks to a throwing error by Andrew Beattie, on three hits and three walks.

Geary returned to pitch the sixth and was charged with a run on back-to-back doubles with two outs.  Zack Segovia followed Geary and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.  Segovia kept the Red Sox off the board in the eighth despite allowing a single and a double and returned to set Boston down 1-2-3 in the ninth.  Over three scoreless innings he allowed two hits and struck out four.

Split squad action against Houston and Tampa Bay today.

This article features quotes from Toronto GM JP Ricciardi making it really clear the Blue Jays aren't going to trade Alex Rios for Lieber -- if you've been holding your breath it might be time to move on.

Ramon Henderson remembers John Vukovich fondly.

Someone named Matt Lindstrom apparently has a chance to be the Marlins closer.  Wikipedia says he can throw 102 but I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.  The ways things have been going with the Marlins if the pitching thing doesn't work out maybe they can get him to play second base and he'll hit .282 with 27 home runs.  This article claims he must be the "hardest-throwing, Swedish-speaking former Mormon missionary in baseball."

Pat Burrell got contacts.  Het didn't wear the contacts in yesterday's game.

The White Sox still love Aaron Rowand.

Dan Flockhart has developed a system to teach children about math using fantasy baseball.  His book, "Fantasy Baseball and Mathematics: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, Grades 5 and Up" comes out later this month.

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