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Howard Is A Dangerous Man

holeinwall.jpgAlways keep your eyes open at the ballpark.

Ryan Howard just ripped a foul ball into the Bright House Field press box. The ball cruised between Phillies baseball communications folks Greg Casterioto and Kevin Gregg. Howard hit the ball so ridiculously hard that it put a hole in the drywall in the back of the press box, a good 20 feet behind the open window it sailed through.

Not only did the ball dent the drywall, you can actually see the seams of the ball imprinted on the wall.

Howard looked up into the press box and couldn’t help but laugh when he realized he nearly maimed Gregg and Casterioto.

Howard walked and John Mayberry Jr. followed with a three-run home run, which landed onto the Tiki Pavilion roof to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Howard hit a three-run homer to left field in the fifth inning to give the Phillies an 8-1 lead.

“He’s got some sock,” Howard said of Mayberry. “When I heard it, I thought, ‘That’s loud.’ Second, I said, ‘That’s going to hit somebody’s car because it’s going over the tiki bar.’ He’s got good pop everywhere. All across the field. If he gets that shot to be able to put it all together, he’s going to be a force to reckon with. He’s got all the tools. He’s got everything there.”

The Race Is On

kylekendrick.jpgPhillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said today that the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation has started.

Beginning … now.

That seems to be good news for Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for that job. He allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings today in a 9-5 loss to Team USA at Bright House Field. Kendrick had retired seven of the first eight batters he faced when he found trouble in the third.

Dubee wasn’t happy with the way he handled that trouble.

After Shane Victorino hit a chopper over Ryan Howard‘s head for a one-out single, Kendrick threw to first on a pickoff attempt. The throw was low, the ball got away from Howard and Victorino scampered to second. Kendrick threw up his arms for a split second. Jimmy Rollins then hit a ball through the hole between first and second to put runners at the corners. Dustin Pedroia followed suit, knocking the ball through the hole between first and second. Kendrick threw up his arms again, which irritated Dubee.

“That’s not acceptable behavior,” Dubee said.

“Poor,” said Dubee, asked to rate the progress Kendrick is making regarding controlling his emotions. “Poor today. He made a good pitch to Pedroia at the time, and he inside-outed a fastball and hit a little chopper between first and second and he threw his arms up like, ‘Poor me,’ or whatever. That doesn’t show control of your emotions.

“He threw the ball OK. Victorino hits a chopper. Jimmy hits a ball in the hole. Pedroia hits a ball in the hole. It’s going to happen to a sinker ball guy.”

Dubee said he considered Kendrick to be the favorite for the fifth starter’s job entering spring training. Is he still the favorite?

“I haven’t been evaluating yet, but the race is on now,” he said. “I would have liked to have seen a little more improvement, but again, it’s early. … He still needs better body language. He still needs a better presence, I’d say. It looked a little frail at times. Again, that chopped base hit, that’s life to a sinker ball guy and has to understand that. When you’re throwing your arms like, ‘Why me?’ or whatever he’s throwing them up for, that’s showing the other team there that you’re scuffling. And you don’t ever want to let your guard down. You don’t want to show how you might be feeling poorly or whatever.”

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Chad Durbin (right hamstring) threw a bullpen session today. It went well. Brad Lidge (forearm tightness) threw a live BP today. It also went well. Dubee said both could appear in Grapefruit League games next week. …  Chase Utley could get into a Grapefruit League game in the middle of the month. … Pedro Feliz took live BP. If he comes out of that OK, it will be a big step for him. … Jayson Werth will play in a “B” game against the Toronto Blue Jays at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Bright House Field. … John Mayberry Jr. is playing center field against the Blue Jays at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Dunedin Stadium. He has never played center field before, but he said he is looking forward to it. … The Phillies “traded” Joe Bisenius and Scott Nestor to Team USA early in the game because they need a couple extra arms. Bisenius allowed three hits and a run in one inning. “It was kind of weird facing Lou (Marson), guys I played with last year,” he said. “It was a good time. It was a cool experience.”

Hamels Looks Like Hamels In Spring Debut


hamels 0304.jpgCole Hamels
threw two scoreless innings today in a 9-2 victory over Team Canada, eh.

Hamels, who was making his spring debut, has been brought along slowly after he threw 262 1/3 innings in 2008. But Hamels is on target to start Opening Night on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.

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John Mayberry Jr. went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning. He crushed it. The man has some serious power, and like I’ve said before he is giving the front office and coaching staff something to think about as they figure out how to compose their bench. … Raul Ibanez went 1 for 3 with a bases-loaded double. … Oh, yeah, because this game was an exhibition with Canada, you won’t find these statistics in their overall spring training statistics. So today happened, but it didn’t happen, you know?

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Jimmy Rollins is having back discomfort? It appears so, although he played nine innings today for Team USA.

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A report has linked Phillies assistant general manager Chuck Lamar to the GM vacancy with the Washington Nationals. It’s not far fetched. Nationals president Stan Kasten knows Lamar from their days in Atlanta. Lamar also worked with the Nationals in 2007 before he joined the Phillies last year.

The Nationals have not contacted the Phillies for permission to speak with Lamar about the job.

“I haven’t talked to Stan,” Lamar said.

Lamar didn’t say much when asked about his interest in the job or interest in becoming a GM again. Lamar served as the Tampa Bay Rays general manager from 1995 – 2005.

“All I’m worried about is tomorrow at 11 o’clock when we have our first minor league meeting,” he said. “We have a 150 players into camp, so I’m thinking about that right now.”

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MLB Network features the Phillies tomorrow during its 30 on 30 program. We have a tie-in of sorts with a Q&A with Charlie Manuel, a minor-league organizational report and more tomorrow on the Web site.

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