Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2011 Topps #103 Cliff Lee

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 4
Spring Training Game 26 - Tuesday Afternoon, March 22nd in Dunedin

One Sentence Summary:  Raul Ibanez' three-run home run and Cliff Lee's six strong innings led the Phils over the Blue Jays, 5-4.

What It Means:  Perhaps this is the start of more consistency from Lee.  Then again, who ever said that Spring Training performances actually mean anything for someone as established as Lee?

Top Hitters:  Ben Francisco went three for three to raise his average to .365 and Ibanez added two more hits to his solid spring performance.

Top Pitchers:  Lee allowed four hits and two runs in his six innings of work.

Featured Card:  This is Lee's base card from Topps Series 1, which could be his last card featuring him as a member of the Texas Rangers.  He's featured with the Phillies within the Topps Opening Day and Heritage sets.

Other Stuff:  The top news of the day was Luis Castillo's no-show to camp.  Citing a "miscommunication," the potential opening day second baseman (shudder) was originally pencilled into the line-up, but had to be scratched when it was evident he wasn't going to be in town.  Not a good start for a guy who has eight remaining spring games to prove he deserves the nod at second over Wilson Valdez.

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