Spring Training Gameday 2013: Phillies v. Pirates

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 04, 2013 12:50 PM | Comments: 11
2013 Spring Training

http://www.sports-logos-screensavers.com/user/PittsburghPirates8.jpgPittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

McKechnie FieldBradenton, FL

Weather: 59, Clear

TV: No TV today. Only MLB Radio.

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John Lannan gets the start today for the Phils as they match up with the Bucs.


1. Revere – CF

2. Young – 3B

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Ruf – LF

6. Brown – RF

7. Mayberry – DH

8. Betancourt – SS

9. Quintero – C

Go Phillies!

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  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    AJ after his last start said….

    Burnett was working with fastball/changeup today, no curveball. Said he might not mix it in until his third start, depends on how it feels.

    Ry Ho previous springs..

    During 2006, what would become his MVP season when he hit 58 home runs, Howard hit 11 home runs in 85 at-bats during Grapefruit League play, giving him a home run every 7.7 at-bats.

    And he already has 10 RBIs in nine games. In 2011, he had 14 RBIs in 26 games. And his at-bats per strikeout have gone down, too. So far this spring, he’s fanned six times in 24 at-bats (4.0 average). Two years ago, he struck out 16 times in 72 at-bats (4.5 average).

    Tony Dungy spoke to the Pirates before the game. I guess that’s nice.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Ruf leads off next inning. How this matches the mind read, I don’t know, but my feeling is he’ll make some noise this week, turn some heads. Whether that’s something like a 3 hit game, or a period where the ball looks like a grapefruit, I don’t know, but he’ll head into the following week on an upswing.

    As he doesn’t look overmatched, it’s a matter of timing.

    That’s how it looks to me. Time will tell.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Nice at bat for Quintero, about 12 pitches, and on a 3-2, walks with ‘em loaded to score the first run of the day.

    Bases were loaded because Ryno held Ruf at 3rd and LA questioned the lack of aggressiveness.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Mike Young’s base hit with em loaded prompted a check, over his career, batting close to .340 in close to 140 at bats with ‘em loaded.

    Not bad.

    Now we got Chase with ;em full.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    The Bucs had a game a few days agio where they walked 8 guys in the first 4. Now its 3 bases loaded walks in 1 inning, and Piece comes up.

    I don’t know how Tony Dungy helps solve this control issue.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    Odds to finish season as MLB’s saves leader:



    JIM JOHNSON +700

    JOHN AXFORD +700


    SERGIO ROMO +800


    JASON MOTTE +1000



    JOE NATHAN +1500



    If Papelbon leads the majors in saves, it’s hard to imagine the ballclub not having a really good regular season.

  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    And the team eith the pitcher holding the record for highest ERA in a singel season is….


  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    No small task tomorrow (depending who plays) when Cole faces the Dominican clab.
    Lotta familiar names…

    The Dominican team is led by Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees. Cano is coming off a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger season and will look to lead the Dominicans to victory. Joining Cano in the infield are fellow major leaguers, Hanley Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels, among others.

    The outfield is comprised of Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Alejandro De Aza of the Chicago White Sox and Eury Perez of the Washington Nationals, among others. Catching for the team is Cleveland Indians backstop, Carlos Santana.

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Been meaning to say things for all your game updates, since I no longer have Comcast and do not have the MLB package. Thanks again!

    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      I actually was not that bothered when I thought it was going to be time in the joint, but when the option was presented of community service in the form of watching exhibition baseball, the attorney thought this was a better option, so I followed their advice.

      I think it’s like 3 or 4 years now that I’ve discovered it helps concentration to put thoughts to the keyboard to embellish the game watching experience. Still feels comfortable, so forward ho.

  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Things should be “thanks”. Damn iPhone autocorrect.

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