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March 16 2007

For the record, I think there is zero chance that the Phillies trade Aaron Rowand straight up for Boone Logan.  That said, I did wonder a little who he was.

Logan proves to be a lefty the White Sox took in the 20th round of the 2002 amateur draft.  He'll turn 23 in August.  His only major league action came last season and he was hit hard after making the White Sox despite having no experience above A-ball.  In 17 2/3 innings over 21 games with the White Sox he threw to an 8.31 ERA.  He allowed 21 hits and 15 walks.  He pitched well in April, throwing to 2.70 ERA.  In his last 15 outings of '06 he threw to an 11.82 ERA.

He either does or doesn't have an attitude problem.

His minor league numbers from last season are strong.  At Triple-A last year he struck out 57 and walked just 12 in 42 2/3 innings while pitching to a 3.37 ERA.  The Phillies have a bunch of guys already that can put up good numbers at Triple-A and probably aren't going to make the team.  Brian Sanches threw to a 1.85 ERA at Triple-A last season.  Clay Condrey a 1.93.  If lefties are your thing, Eude Brito worked mostly as a starter last year at Triple-A and threw to a 3.17 ERA in 147 2/3 innings.

Doug Glanville writes about memories of John Vukovich in an article on the Phillies web site.  That's one not to miss.

This article suggests Coste's quest for a roster spot is in trouble and that the bullpen situation isn't dire.

Arizona's Jorge Julio may be available if you like that kind of thing.  The Giants and Marlins apparently do.

This article says Manuel has not picked an opening day starter.

This article suggests Justin Germano has a real chance for a bullpen spot.

The Phillies lost to the Blue Jays last night, falling 11-6 to drop to 6-8 in spring training.

Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, his first extra-base hit of spring training.  Aaron Rowand hit a solo home run, his first.  Utley was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI-single. 

Ryan Howard was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Dobbs was 1-for-1 with a single and an RBI.  He was also caught stealing for the second time this spring training.  Garcia 0-for-1. 

Cole Hamels got the start for the Phillies and went four innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk.  Only three of the runs were earned due to a third-inning error by Utley.  Two of the first three batters Hamels faced in the first inning, Reed Johnson and Vernon Wells, hit solo homers.  Johnson led off the third and reached on an error by Utley and two batters later Wells hit his second home run of the night off of Hamels. 

Geary pitched the fifth, allowing a single but keeping Toronto off the board.  Fabio Castro followed Geary and allowed a run in the sixth on a leadoff double followed by an RBI-single from Aaron Hill.  Castro returned for the seventh he first four hitters reached on walk, single, double, single, plating two runs.  Jim Ed Warden came in with runners on first and third and nobody out and struck out the first two men he faced.  With two outs, Ryan Roberts singled, bring in the third run of the inning charged to Castro.  Warden struck out the next man to end the inning.

Castro's line was not pretty.  He went one inning and was charged with four runs on five hits and a walk.  He spring ERA sits at 11.05.  Warden struck out three in his inning. 

Justin Germano pitched the eighth and ninth innings.  Toronto scored three times against him on five hits and a walk.

Detroit this afternoon.

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