Sunday, March 20, 2011

2009 Topps Heritage #302 Phillies Team

Yankees 8, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 24 - Sunday Afternoon, March 20th in Clearwater

One Sentence Summary:  Jimmy Rollins' solo home run in the sixth was the sole highlight from Clearwater in a lopsided loss to the Yankees.

What It Means:  Nothing.  Not a darn thing.  It's Spring Training, so it's no big deal the offense managed only six hits all afternoon - three of them coming from Rollins.  It also doesn't matter that Joe Blanton looked pedestrian in his 6 1/3 innings of work, giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Top Hitters:  Rollins went three for three and Ryan Howard doubled.

Top Pitchers:  Um . . . We sure did have nice weather today, didn't we?

Featured Card:  I would have used Rollins' 2009 Topps Heritage card in this post, had I not already used it in a post from earlier today.  Instead, I'll go with the team card from the 2009 Topps Heritage set.

Other Stuff:  Bright House Field in Clearwater welcomed a record crowd of 10,909 fans this afternoon . . . Brad Lidge threw a bullpen session this morning, as he tries to overcome biceps problems . . . Manager Charlie Manuel publicly voiced his concern today over the openings at second base at right field with the start of the season just a few weeks away.  The assumption is that Ben Francisco will get most of the starts in right, with John Mayberry, Jr. and Ross Gload also filling in.  It's expected that Wilson Valdez will be the team's regular second baseman to start the season.  But, this just in . . .

Transactions:'s Jim Salisbury is reporting tonight the Phillies have signed former Met Luis Castillo to a minor league deal.  Mets fans across the nation are also reportedly celebrating the move.  I'm not so sure about this one.

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