Monday, March 28, 2016

2013 Topps Update #US107 Andrew Bailey

Red Sox 5Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 26 - Sunday Afternoon, March 27th in Fort Myers
Record - 14-9-3

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped their Easter matinee 5-1, as pitcher Jared Eickhoff was knocked around by the Red Sox.

What It Means:  Eickhoff was making just his second spring start and he surrendered 11 hits and five runs in his five innings of work.

What Happened:  Maikel Franco should have had his ninth home run of the spring, but his hit bounced off a fan back into the outfield and was ruled a double.  After a slow start to his spring, Odubel Herrera had three hits in this game to raise his spring average to .424.

Featured Card:  Reliever Andrew Bailey faced his former team, pitching a perfect eighth inning for the Phillies.  Although no official announcement has been made, it appears as if Bailey, a non-roster invitee, has the inside track to be named the club's closer for the start of the season.

Shoulder injuries have hampered Bailey the past few years, and he's been limited to just 59 games with the Red Sox and Yankees since the start of the 2012 season.  An All-Star with the A's in 2009 and 2010, Bailey is one of many intriguing story lines for the Phils as they approach the start of the 2016 season.

Camp Head Count:  47

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