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March 11 2007

Rollins says Bourn is definitely faster than he is in this article.

Manuel is still concerned about the bullpen.  Me too.  This article makes the good point that depth at starting pitching is important.  I agree, especially for the Phils this year given the injury-risk with Hamels.  But it's also important to have guys in the pen that can get people out -- they need that even more than they need depth at sixth starter.  If the Red Sox are a good example of a team that suffered after trading away depth at starting pitching last year, you don't have to look far to look for a team that suffered because their bullpen was weak at the end of the season.  How about the Phillies?  Obviously you'd rather have both, depth at starter and a solid pen, and if the Phillies can figure out how to do it that would be great.  I don't see it, though, and I think they're going to have to choose before they get too far into the season.

Rotoworld says that Howard started at DH rather than first base yesterday because he has a slight thigh strain. 

The Phillies went 1-1 in split squad games yesterday, beating the Devil Rays and losing to the Astros.  Their spring record in 5-6.

They won the game with the Devil Rays 6-5.

Jason Jaramillo slugged a two-run homer in his first action of the spring.  He also threw out Jorge Velandia trying to steal second base.  Brennan King was 3-for-4 with a double. 

Freddy Garcia got the start for the Phils and was charged with three runs on five hits and two walks over three innings.  All three runs came in the first.  After getting the first two men, the next five reached on four singles and a walk.  Ryan Cameron followed Garcia and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two innings.  Ryan Madson, Kane Davis, Antonio Alfonseca and Jim Ed Warden all threw a scoreless frame.  Warden may have been the most impressive -- he set the side down 1-2-3 with two strikeouts pitching with a one-run lead in the ninth.

Greg Dobbs was the offensive story of the game with Houston, which they Phillies lost 3-2 in ten innings.  Dobbs went 2-for-4 with a single and a home run, his third of the spring. 

Werth 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.  Coste 1-for-2.  Garcia 1-for-4. 

Jon Lieber got the start for the Phils and was good again.  He went four innings and allowed one run on five hits and a walk.  Luke Scott hit a solo homer in the fourth.  Brian Sanches followed Lieber and allowed a run in two innings on two hits.  Condrey, Gordon and John Ennis all pitched a scoreless inning. 

Jeff Farnsworth started the bottom of the tenth with the score tied at 2-2.  Hunter Pence led off with a single and moved to second on a ground out to second.  Farnsworth struck out the next man for the second out of the inning, but Cody Ransom won the game for Houston with an RBI-single to left.

The Phils play Detroit this afternoon.

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