Philadelphia Phillies Beatdown

The Phillies got their redemption against the Yankee’s in form of a spring training game Thursday, but besides that many other things went right for the Phillies throughout that game. Roy Halladay looked sharp, throwing 24 pitches 21 for strikes. He struck out three and allowed no hits through two innings. He looked sharper than C.C. Sabathia in the duel of the two Cy Young winners, albeit in their first live pitching action of the spring training. It seems Halladay always looks better than whoever he pitches against, whether it be March, April, May or ….the Blue Jays season is usually over by then so the rest of the months don’t really matter.

Kyle Kendrick followed Halladay, Kendrick is vying for the 5th starter spot in the rotation, and he got off to a good start. He pitched two shutout innings allowing one hit and striking out one. “Kyle was very good,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “He had good poise and good presence. He’s a kid who’s starting to understand he needs a plan every day.” His competition for the fifth spot Jamie Moyer will start in the B game Friday against Toronto. Cole Hamels will pitch in the A game. Hamels looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2009 campaign.

Shane “The Flying Hawaiian” Victorino who is resting a sore shoulder hasn’t played in the Phillies two contests, but no one seems worried. “It sounds to me like he’s got a little tendinitis or bursitis and a little stiffness, too,” Manuel said Wednesday afternoon. “He’s dying to throw from 200 feet right now, but (head athletic trainer) Scott Sheridan is keeping him at 120 feet. I’d be surprised if he’s not on the field playing in the next two or three days.”

Jimmy Rollins who finished the regular season last year with a .250 batting average, has been told by Charlie Manuel that he will be rested a little more throughout the season to keep him fresh. To his right on the corner of the infield Placido Polanco in his second stint with the Phillies had an interesting day. He made several plays in the field but committed a throwing error on a ball to his left. Polanco also could not make a play on a wind-blown foul pop. It was his first game at third in six years so expect a little rust.

Stay tuned for updates on the action from Clearwater, FL.

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