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March 31 2007

The Phillies lost to the Red Sox last night, falling 6-5 at Citizens Bank Park.   Cole Hamels was the story of the game.   He allowed four home runs and has now allowed nine in 20 2/3 innings while throwing to a 6.10 ERA this spring.

With runners on first and third in the second, Wes Helms hit into a double-play, bringing in the first run for the Phils.   The Phils didn't score again till the bottom of the ninth when they plated four runs on RBI-singles from Ruiz, Dobbs and Abernathy.

Howard was 1-for-3 with a double.  Dobbs 1-for-5 with two-RBI.  Ron Calloway had two more hits, he was 2-for-4 to improve his spring average to .410.   Ruiz caught and went 2-for-4.   His chances for opening day look good.

Hamels got the start for the Phils and went five innings, allowing five runs on six hits.   Four of the hits were home runs.   He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Joe Bisenius pitched a scoreless sixth, allowing only a single walk, to lower his spring ERA to 1.50.  Clay Condrey followed Bisenius and allowed a run on three hits and a walk.   His ERA is up to 5.27.   Madson and Gordon followed Condrey and each threw a scoreless frame.   The only runner they allowed was on a ninth inning walk issued by Gordon.

The Phils play the Red Sox again this afternoon in their last game before opening day on Monday.

The White Sox aren't giving up on Gavin Floyd yet.   The same article suggests that Chicago won't give up one of their "main" relievers for Rowand.

The Phils put Lieber and Garcia on the DL.   They are eligible to return April 7.

The article linked above says Victorino missed last night's game for the birth of his daughter.   He'll be back for Monday.

Freddy Garcia had a good bullpen session.

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