Phillies vs. Reds – 2/27
Shane Victorino has been named to Team USA’s roster for the World Baseball Classic after Grady Sizemore pulled out.
Pitchers: Drew Carpenter, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Romero, Ryan Madson and Sergio Escalona. Chad Durbin had been scheduled to pitch, but he has sore right hamstring. He should be OK in a couple days.
Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is cautiously optimistic Pedro Feliz will be ready to play Opening Day. Feliz has hit off the practice the last couple days, but it is unclear when he will take live BP. “He’s progressing well,” Amaro said. And Chase Utley? Amaro said he also is cautiously optimistic that Utley will be ready Opening Day, although he seems to be much further along than Feliz.
Amaro said Nomar Garciaparra is “likely to sign with the A’s or not play at all. I’m not sure whether he’s going to play or not. I would not view him as somebody who would be with us.”
Victorino hit a leadoff double and Ibanez followed two batters later with a double to left-center field to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. … Carpenter got knocked out early. He allowed three hits, three walks and four runs to the six batters he faced. He did not record an out. Antonio Bastardo took his place and got out of the inning. … Dobbs singled and scored Donald from third in the third to make it 5-2. … Ozuna hit a solo homer to left-center field in the fourth to make it 5-3.