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It’s Grapefruit League Time

The Phillies open their Grapefruit League schedule Saturday against the New York Yankees.

Here are the pitching match ups through March 9:

  • Saturday vs. Yankees: Cole Hamels, Dave Bush, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Raul Valdes and Mike Stutes.
  • Sunday @ Yankees: Roy Halladay, Joel Pineiro, David Purcey, Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont.
  • Monday vs. Yankees: Joe Blanton, Scott Elarton, Austin Hyatt, Brian Sanches and David Herndon.
  • Tuesday @ Blue Jays: Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, J.C. Ramirez and Valdes.
  • Wednesday vs. Astros: Vance Worley, Pat Misch, Papelbon, Willis and Stutes.
  • Thursday vs. Pirates: Hamels, Bush, Bastardo, Purcey and Aumont.
  • March 9 @ Tigers: Halladay, Pineiro, Herndon, Sanches, Horst and Valdes.


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Here are our upcoming book signings:

April 2: Barnes & Noble in Plymouth Meeting, PA, 7 p.m.
April 3: Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA, 7 p.m.
April 26: Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, 7 p.m.

We’ve got a signing in the works at Bright House Field during spring training. We’ll let you know when we know the date.

The Phillies’ Wednesday Lineup vs. Florida State

Baseball is almost back.

The Phillies play an exhibition tomorrow afternoon against Florida State at Bright House Field, and Charlie Manuel ran through his lineup card following today’s workout at Carpenter Complex:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS.
  2. Juan Pierre, DH.
  3. Shane Victorino, CF.
  4. Hunter Pence, RF.
  5. Ty Wigginton, 3B.
  6. Domonic Brown, LF.
  7. John Mayberry Jr., 1B.
  8. Michael Martinez, 2B.
  9. Tuffy Gosewisch, C.

Manuel said Chase Utley and Placido Polanco will not play, which is part of the Phillies’ plan to lighten their workload during Spring Training. Catchers Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider also are not expected to play. Manuel said Jim Thome is expected to get at least one at-bat, but he will not play in the field.

Otherwise, Manuel said he will try to get every other position player in the game.

Right-hander Austin Hyatt will start for the Phillies.


Jim Salisbury and I co-authored the book The Rotation, which is now available. Check it out here!

March 2-6 Pitching Schedule

Coming to Florida in the next week?

Here is the Phillies’ pitching schedule through Sunday:

  • Tuesday vs. Tigers: Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick, Eddie Bonine, Dan Meyer, Danys Baez and Mike Zagurski.
  • Wednesday vs. Orioles: Roy Oswalt, Vance Worley, Brian Bass, Justin De Fratus, David Herndon and Brad Lidge.
  • Wednesday vs. Blue Jays (“B” game at Carpenter Complex): Drew Naylor, Ryan Feierabend, Jose Contreras, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero.
  • Thursday @ Red Sox: Cole Hamels, Scott Mathieson, Brian Schlitter, Michael Stutes, Juan Perez and Michael Schwimer.
  • Friday @ Pirates: Joe Blanton, Baez, Meyer, Andrew Carpenter, Zagurski and Antonio Bastardo.
  • Saturday vs. Pirates: Roy Halladay, J.C. Ramirez, Madson, Contreras and Lidge.
  • Sunday @ Tigers: Kendrick, Herndon, Stutes, Perez, Schlitter and Schwimer.
  • Sunday vs. Rays: Lee, Bonine, Romero, Mathieson and De Fratus.


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Florida On Your Mind?

Thumbnail image for spring training day 1.JPGIt seems more and more people are going to Clearwater every March for Spring Training, so I thought I’d pass along information about 2011 Spring Training travel packages. If you go, just make sure to hit up Lenny’s for breakfast. And Frenchy’s for a grouper sandwich. And Island Way Grill for the best meal on the beach.

From a Phillies press release:

Fans will once again have the chance to watch the National League East Champion Phillies play at Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida, with unique travel packages that include a new “Spring Training for Seniors” trip. All official Phillies Spring Training Packages include game tickets, hotel accommodations, car rental, a brunch* at Bright House Field with select Phillies broadcasters and players, a $25 gift certificate to the team store at Bright House Field, parking passes and a Phillies travel bag, cap and t-shirt.

Phillies Spring Training Packages being offered include:

  • Two Early Bird Spring Training Weekend packages: February 26-28, 2011 and March 4-March 6, 2011.
  • Three Grand Slam Spring Training packages: March 11-14, 2011; March 18-21, 2011; and March 25-28, 2011.
  • Spring Training for Phillies Seniors: a five night/five game package from March 8-13, 2011 that includes escorted motorcoach transportation.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit or call 1-877-833-7326.


NL Gold Glove awards are announced later today. 


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Pitching Schedule Updated

The Phillies had to shuffle their pitching schedule because of yesterday’s rain, so if you’re coming to Florida to catch any games this week, here it is:

  • Tomorrow vs. Tampa Bay: Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras. J.C. Romero is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game.
  • Wednesday at Atlanta: J.A. Happ, Ryan Madson, David Herndon and Danys Baez.
  • Thursday vs. Houston: Kyle Kendrick, Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras. Roy Halladay will pitch in a Minor League game.
  • Friday at New York: Jamie Moyer, Durbin and Madson.
  • Saturday at Minnesota: Cole Hamels, Baez, Contreras and Herndon.


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Florida Is Flooding

The Phillies had a few busses ready to roll today to Lakeland and Port Charlotte for split squad games against Detroit and Tampa Bay, but they never left.

It’s pouring in Florida.

Both games were cancelled.

No baseball today.

Somebody decided to have a little fun and rewrite the Phillies’ lineup for the game in Lakeland. It looked like this: “Thompson 8, Wilkerson 7, Gillies All Outfield, Brown 3, Dobbs 5, Tuffy 2, Davey 4, Ransom 6, Flande DH.”


J.A. Happ, who had been scheduled to pitch today, will pitch tomorrow against the Twins. Kyle Kendrick will pitch Sunday against the Orioles in Sarasota, and Roy Halladay will pitch Monday against the Pirates in Bradenton.


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Phillies vs. Florida State

Got the Phillies’ lineup for tonight’s exhibition against Florida State:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Placido Polanco, 3B
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Jayson Werth, RF
  6. Raul Ibanez, LF
  7. Greg Dobbs, DH
  8. John Mayberry Jr., CF
  9. Carlos Ruiz, C

J.A. Happ is on the mound. Following him is Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Drew Naylor, Joe Savery, Jesus Sanchez and David Herndon.


The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 says the Phillies rank 12th in the Majors in young talent.

“The Phillies are above the midpoint in young pitching, with Hamels, Happ and Madson, near the midpoint in the other two areas, young position players and prospects,” James said. “The top five: Cole Hamels, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley and J.A. Happ. (Howard and Utley are not really “young” players, but players of that quality retain value for a long time, and thus remain counted among the young stars.)”


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Polanco Ready for Third

polanco at third.jpgSpring Training is here.

Phillies pitchers and catchers have their first official workout today at the Carpenter Complex. Twenty-eight pitchers and seven catchers are accounted for. Charlie Manuel is ready to roll.

“That’s what we’re here for, son,” he said. “Ready to roll.”

Placido Polanco arrived last night. His shift from second base to third base is one of this spring’s storylines. Polanco has played 321 games at third in his career, but none since 2005, when he played eight games there for the Phillies and one game there for the Tigers. But while Polanco has experience there, he replaces Pedro Feliz, who played nearly flawless third for the Phillies for two seasons.

Polanco, who won two Gold Gloves at second in the past three seasons with the Tigers, is taking the shift seriously.

“This offseason I really worked hard, taking ground balls at third, long tossing and doing what I think is right,” said Polanco, who worked out with a friend at a high school near his home in Miami. “I’ve taken more ground balls than I probably have before. Building up my arm. I like it. It’s not like riding a bike (going back to third). It’s a longer throw. There are different thoughts, where you have to go on a base hit, things like that.

“I’m not too worried because in Spring Training we play a lot of games, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing a lot of action in the field. That’s when you have to get your mind ready. You have to focus more.”

Polanco said he worked out nearly 30 minutes at third every day, which is a pretty good work out. (A fellow reporter takes ground balls for a few minutes every spring and his hamstrings bark for weeks.)

“I also had to do weights. I had to run. I had to do other stuff,” Polanco said. “I had to pick up the kids at school. A half hour taking ground balls for one person is a lot. It’s like hitting. If you hit 15 minutes with a group you might have four or five guys hitting with you. But if you’re hitting 10 minutes by yourself … you know what I mean? Of course, some of that was talking. OK, so maybe 20 minutes. Twenty and 10.”


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Welcome to Spring Training

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We’re here in Clearwater, so we’re ready to go. Keep checking back throughout the spring for updates throughout the day.


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Better Weather Ahead

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Cheer up, Eagles fans.

Phillies pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Fla., on Feb. 17.

First workout is Feb. 18.


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