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March 16 2007

The Phillies fell to the Tigers this afternoon, losing 12-9 to drop to 6-9 in spring training.

Shane Victorino hit a three-run home run in the third, his first of spring.  He was 3-for-4 on the day.  The Phillies scored three more times in the sixth on a sac fly by Burrell and RBI-singles from Utley and Barajas. 

Dobbs was 1-for-2 with an RBI-single.  Coste was 1-for-1 and has his average up to .278.  Garcia was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.  Bourn was 2-for-4 with an RBI-triple and a stolen base. 

Freddy Garcia got the start for the Phils and cruised through three innings before Carlos Guillen led off the fourth with a solo home run.  Guillen's shot was the only run Garcia would allow through four.  Garcia returned to start the fifth and gave up two singles and two walks before Brian Sanches replaced him with two outs and the bases loaded.  Sanches gave up a three-run double to the first man he faced, Brandon Inge, before striking out the next batter to end the inning.  Garcia wound up charged with five runs over 4 2/3 innings on five hits and three walks. 

Sanches returned to pitch the bottom of the sixth and gave up a two-run homer to Curtis Granderson.  Alfonseca followed Sanches and the first three hitters of the inning greeted him with a single, a double and a triple before he retired the next three.  Kane Davis pitched the bottom of the eighth -- single, walk, home run, single to start the inning before he got the next three. 

The Phillies play the Yankees tomorrow and the Twins and the Devil Rays in split-squad action on Sunday.

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