Tigers 1, Phillies 0
Spring Training Game 28 - Wednesday Afternoon, March 26th in Clearwater
Record - 9-16-3
One Sentence Summary: Cliff Lee and Justin Verlander faced off in their final spring starts, with Verlander and the Tigers coming out ahead in a 1-0 win.
What Happened: Lee allowed the lone Tigers run in his five innings of work while striking out seven. The Phillies managed just two singles off Verlander and three relievers.
Featured Card: I was going to post Lee's Heritage card again, just to see if anyone would notice. Instead, I decided to post what will most likely be Michael Stutes' last official Phillies card - see below.
Camp Head Count: Still holding at 37, but the final pieces are starting to fall into place. Veteran outfielder and former All-Star Bobby Abreu was informed yesterday he wouldn't make the team's opening day roster. While his official opt-out date is Sunday, chances are he might be gone before then, rather than accept an assignment with the Triple-A IronPigs.
Reliever Stutes was also officially released, after being designated for assignment earlier in the week. In parts of three seasons, Stutes appeared in 79 games for the Phillies, going 9-3 with a 4.01 ERA. His best season by far was his rookie year of 2011, when he appeared in 57 games and put together a 3.63 ERA while striking out 58 in 62 innings.