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Phillies vs. Reds – 2/27

Live from Sarasota.

Shane Victorino has been named to Team USA’s roster for the World Baseball Classic after Grady Sizemore pulled out.

ed smith.jpgHere is the lineup for today’s game against the Reds at Ed Smith Stadium:

 1. Shane Victorino, CF
2. Jason Donald, 3B
3. Raul Ibanez, LF
4. Matt Stairs, DH
5. Greg Dobbs, 1B
6. Geoff Jenkins, RF
7. Pablo Ozuna, 2B
8. Ozzie Chavez, SS
9. Lou Marson, C

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.

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Of course, the Phillies also released Adam Eaton this morning.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Phillies vs. Pirates – Grapefruit League opener

mckechnie field.jpgThere’s baseball in Bradenton, and I must say there is a good collection of Phillies fans here.

I’m eager to see what kind of crowd is at Bright House Field tomorrow.

Here are a couple pregame notes from McKechnie Field:

- John Daly joined the Phillies yesterday during their annual golf outing.

- Pedro Feliz said in Clearwater that he feels good, but isn’t sure when he will start swinging a bat.

- Ruben Amaro Jr. said it’s “not out of the realm of possibility” the Phillies could keep three catchers on their 25-man roster as they try to figure out how badly they need another righthanded bat for their bench. Amaro wouldn’t say the possibilities for Nomar Garciaparra are dead, but he said “if I were to handicap this thing I would say less than 50 percent.” And lefthanded relievers like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? “Still open,” Amaro said. “But nothing has changed there.” Amaro said a few days ago those relievers would have to accept a very modest salary (i.e. less than $1 million) to join the Phillies.

- Raul Ibanez knocked in Jimmy Rollins from second base with a single to left-center field with two outs in the third inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead.

- Jamie Moyer threw two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and two walks, and struck out one. Joe Blanton has started the bottom of the third.

- What did I miss? The clubhouse is open during spring training games, which means I was in the clubhouse talking with Moyer when the Pirates scored four runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth inning. Joe Bisenius allowed four runs and Scott Nestor allowed three runs each in an inning.

- John Mayberry knocked in a run with a single to left in the ninth.

- Phillies lose, 8-2. Jeremy Slayden went 2 for 2. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods and Mike Koplove each threw a scoreless inning.

(Yes, I took that crummy picture from the press box.)

No More Nomar?

nomar.jpgThe word is that the Oakland A’s are interested in Nomar Garciaparra.

The Phillies have been interested in Garciaparra for some time, but the feeling I get is that he isn’t coming to Philadelphia.

“We’re not going to get into a bidding war with the A’s,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said today. “He knows what our parameters would be.”

Those parameters are believed to be modest.

But what about free agent lefthanders like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman? They’re still on the market, and the Phillies could use another lefthander.

“If they get to the point where they would take something that is extremely modest, then we’d still be in it,” Amaro said. “But they’d have to take something that’s very, very modest because, frankly, we don’t have any money to play with right now.”

Amaro wouldn’t say what “modest” means, but it’s safe to say it’s less than $1 million.

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If the Phillies are looking for another lefthanded arm to have in camp, lefthander Mike Bacsik is looking for a job. He pitched for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2005, so he has familiarity with the Phillies’ organization and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who he also knew in Cleveland.

“My connection to Charlie and the organization makes the idea of being part of the Phillies organization enticing,” Bacsik said. “My ability to start or relieve could possibly serve a need the organization has from the left side. I spent most of 2007 pitching in the big leagues with Washington and would welcome a trip back to the NL East.”

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Ryan Madson changed numbers. He wears No. 46 after wearing No. 63.

Why?

“I needed a change,” Madson said. “(President Barack) Obama said it’s time for change.”

These Are Your Phillies

The Phillies could use another lefthander in their bullpen, but the Phillies won’t be signing one of the remaining free agent lefthanders on the market like Joe Beimel and Will Ohman.

“They’re available, but we’re not on them,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “At some point you have to call off the jam and go with the people that you have.”

So even if they remain unsigned a couple weeks from now and their asking price drops considerably?

“Unless the demand is tremendously modest,” Amaro said. “And I don’t see that happening.”

The Phillies have an estimated Opening Day payroll of $131.5 million. I spoke with Phillies president David Montgomery yesterday about how the Phillies were able to spend so much money while the country is reeling in a recession. He made a great point. The Phillies were very fortunate to win the World Series in 2008 because it allowed them to keep spending — despite the economic madness around them.

I also think it could set them up nicely the next few years, too. While other teams might be taking a big financial hit in 2009, which means they could be spending even less in 2010 and 2011, the Phillies should do quite well. Of course, they need to keep winning. But there is no reason to think Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge and others aren’t in the primes of their careers, and can’t keep returning to the postseason the next few years.

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From the feeling I get, I think it is unlikely Nomar Garciaparra joins the Phillies.

“I really don’t have a timetable,” Amaro said. “We talked to him a few weeks ago. We talked to him fairly recently. He isn’t quite ready to make a decision yet.”

Phils Sign Cairo

The Phillies signed infielder Miguel Cairo to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cairo is inventory for the Phillies, meaning he likely isn’t the right-handed bat they’re looking for. The Phillies remain interested in Nomar Garciaparra, who would be that right-handed bat off the bench. But the sense I get is that Garciaparra is unlikely to sign.

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