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October All Over Again In Clearwater

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sat, February 28, 2009 12:00 PM | Comments: 102
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UPDATE (12:31 p.m.): Jayson Werth is a scratch because he tweaked his shoulder, according to Todd Zolecki. John Mayberry Jr. will take his place. Werth still hasn’t played a moment in the Grapefruit League.

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rays97.gifTwo familiar faces reunite at Bright House Networks Field today.

It’s the first of seven meetings between the Phillies and Rays, the two teams who vied for the world championship last season. This season the Rays have a new weapon — one Phillies fans know extremely well. Pat Burrell will make a start at designated hitter today. The Rays will start Mitch Talbot. Meanwhile, the Phillies will start Kyle Kendrick, who is part of the Fight For Fifth. Drew Naylor, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Brad Lidge alre also scheduled to pitch. For Naylor it’s a tune up for the World Baseball Classic. For the rest? Getting work in.

Your lineup: Rollins (SS) / Victorino (CF) / Ibanez (LF) / Howard (1B) / Mayberry (RF) / Dobbs (DH) / Cairo (2B) / Donald (3B) / Paulino (C).

You can watch this one on Comcast SportsNet and MLB Network.

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  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Hmmm Kendrick is kinda shaky

     
  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Kendrick looked like Kendrick with a slightly improved change up. I still don’t forsee him making the 5th starter spot. If he has a good spring he’ll be trade fodder.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    That’s a usual Kendrick kind of start though. That’s the problem though with him being a contact pitcher.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Seriously, that Cairo play…. it is a pretty hard play to make but Utley makes it look so easy. Best defensive 2B in the big leagues by far.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Manny, it was a tough play, indeed. I just think that with the mixture of Bruntlett being a shoe-in for the utility and how high everyone is on Donald making the roster, it would get crowded for backup infielders.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Re: the 5th starter…. This is Happ’s job to lose.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Gotta see Howard hit more opposite field rollers like that. Move that shift over.

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    look at flyin ryan bustin it down the line! slim and trim and ready to go!

    typical kendrick start, not great, not bad, just kendrick. naylor looked good with his first batter.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I don’t know why they’re saying this was a good start for Kendrick. Right now, you gotta compare everything he does with Happ’s and Carrasco’s outings… and those two didn’t allow any runs (though they pitched .2 innings less than K).

    Btw, a 20-pounds-heavier Howard would’ve been called out on that play.

     
  • Posts: 0 ryan

    i’m feeling that howard, barring any major injuries, will have his best year yet this year. i’m thinking 60+ HR’s and 150 steaks.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Good man, Naylor.

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Naylor has some nasty stuff. Nice changeup. Works outside. BEAUTIFUL curve.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Think Naylor getting a pen spot?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    I’ll be rooting for the guy when he pitches for Australia in the WBC. Pretty interesting pitcher. He looked confident, too.

     
  • Posts: 0 christopher

    i’d be surprised if naylor made the pen but my long shot hope is the rotation in 2011 is hamels / myers / blanton / carrasco / naylor. i’ve been high on this kid for a little while. hope the aussie gets another inning or two.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Most astute observation so far-Pat Burrell=best butt in baseball, hands down! Damn, I’ll miss that LF view!

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    SJ: I answered it on twitter. No, Naylor won’t make the pen.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I’m far behind on the whole Twitter stuff. Twitter never made much sense to me. I don’t know much about Naylor, but if he’s young, then I’m assuming he’s someone to be looking at come 2010, 2011

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Good to see Donald getting a hit, finally.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Is he related to Real Cormier?

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Naylor would only make it to the pen if he pitches against the US in the WBC and strikes out the #3-4-5 batters.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    … in a row.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Time for Ibañez to shine.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    OR NOT

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    I never really get to learn about the young minor league players until I see a couple televised games during Spring Training outside of the ones you hear about the most (Donald, Carrasco, etc.).

    I suspect by time the annual Green Jersey St. Patty’s Day game comes, I’ll be more familiar with them.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Gotta think Mayberry’s making a hell of a case to make it up to Philly…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    OT, but the rumors are true, Dawkins traded, I am done with the Eagles.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    Georgie, isn’t it funny how the Phils have somewhat become the class of the city when it comes to taking care of the players and fan favorites considering the debacles during the Ed Wade era?

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    The Iggs didn’t trade Dawk, he signed in Denver which must mean the Eagles weren’t prepared to go to that 2nd year.

    Gotta love the pitching, the guys vying for spots on the staff have really shown up from the get-go.

     
  • Posts: 0 SJ Mike

    The Broncos threw 5 years, $17million at Dawk, but it’s near $7million guaranteed right away.

    Dawkins is one of those athletes that epitomized what we loved in Philly, much like Chase Utley. Hard nosed “give it all you got every time” player.

    The Phillies have always been number 1 in my heart, but the World Series win and the Eagles front office the past few seasons have made me distance myself from the Birds more and more each day.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    That guy got Nayled.

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Gonna see a very different Iggles team this year, the cupboards bare at safety.

    Maybe Eaton could suit up for the Phils, at least we’d get to see that shmuck get nailed.

     
  • Posts: 0 Manny

    Who just homered?

     
  • Posts: 1650 Tim Malcolm

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    Paulino.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Ronny Paulino just crushed one. Kendrick 4 hits in 2.2 innings. one run allowed but still too many baserunners. Mayberry another RBI (hes looking better out there)

     
  • Posts: 0 NJ

    Right not from the first few games you look at Majewski, Borowski, Koplove along with Carrasco, Happ and then Mayberry, Ozuna and Cairo and it’s been a great start for the guys who could fill out the roster. No-one realistically in with a shot at a spot has started terribly.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Whew, needed a little break, just one more thing and then I’ll let it go-The Eagles are something like $41M under the cap, and they’re cleaning house, it looks like. D goes too???

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Oh, and the Jimmy/Vic show was pretty funny.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Eyre looked allright shaking off the rust a bit. Koplove had a nice inning. Mayberry will make this roster I think. Hell be that right handed bat theyve been looking for with another long ball today. mayberry can be a guy who can evolve into a 4th outfielder making stairs the odd man out and eventually taking over for jenkins in the 4th spot if he continues to improve. drew naylor hasnt done a bad job today either.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yeah maybe tra thomas will be resigned…but dawkins is gone to denver for not that much money. runyan is gone. lj smith (who sucks) is gone, considine (sucks) gone. stacy andrews will be RG, shawn andrews RT. if they keep this up mcnabb will ask for a trade like he threatened to…theyll send him to arizona for boldin because arizona wont pay warner.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    The Eagles are like a poorly scripted reality show.

    Hard to imagine feliz playing in that much pain, mucho respect for that.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    The eagles look like theyre trying to rebuild, and mcnabb knows it and he doesnt want to stick around for it…

    another rbi, technically, for john mayberry jr. im starting to like this guy as a bench option.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    dont forget lito sheppard just got traded to the ny jets for a 5th round pick and a conditional pick next year…

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Yep, looking more and more like McNabb’s gone…..Kolb????

    Record crowd today, 10K+, WFC!!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    well..mcnabb said hell only sign an extension if they go out and make big moves for a reciever or a tight end. they go out and do the opposite. the only reciever out there worth coughing up money to (whos available) is boldin but itd take mcnabb to get him. i dont know that kolb is even good either or if youd need to draft someone.

     
  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    and buckhalter is gone…to denver..

    note to the phillies….eric bruntlett cant play center field, dont even try it again.

     
  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    I am encouraged at Mayberry’s nice day. Also, Paulino has had a good game as well.

     
  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Even though it’s just ST, it’s nice to get that first win under your belt.

    I wonder too what they’ll make of Kendrick’s outing…..

     
  • Posts: 0 Mike B.

    I’ve been impressed with what I’ve been hearing about Mayberry this spring training. At least he’s better than Golson.

    I think we might be seeing the Eagles management enter the “mid-to-late-’90s Phillies” zone of incompetence.

     
  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Quality ST game today! It was nice to see the Phils on television playing some ball again. Kendrick looked good as did Naylor. I liked what I saw from most all of the pitching actually today. Nice to see some bombs and really a fun game all around. It was great to see Pat the Bat as well, even if it was as a Ray!

     
 
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