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Phillies Fall to Yankees in Clearwater

A day after opening the exhibition schedule with a win over the New York Yankees, their AL rivals took the second game of the back to back, 7-3. Here are some notes:

-Ben Francisco is looking great early on, he stroked a double and a home run today, giving him three extra-base hits through the first two games. Yes, it’s early and no, it means little, but it’s certainly encouraging to see.

-Domonic Brown, on the other hand, does not. He is struggling mightily thus far after going 0-for-3 with three K’s. The youngster has plenty of time to get back on the horse, but dating back to September 1st, Brown is 4-for-48.

-Justin De Fratus and Michael Schwimer struggled as well. De Fratus walked two and gave up two earned in two innings. Schwimer was torched for four runs on four hits in one inning in which he threw just eight pitches. The two young relievers are high on our Top 25 Prospects list.

-Clearly, the most important news of the day surrounds Chase Utley’s knee. He’s dealing with patellar tendinitis, which is why he’s been out of the lineup. The whole “general soreness” excuse was just a facade for what is really going on, although it doesn’t seem to be too serious. Utley says it’s something he’s dealt with in the past but hasn’t loosened up the way he’d like. I know people are holding their breath, but don’t. They’ll give him some rest now before it counts and all should be good.

-Up next are the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow. Kyle Drabek was scheduled to start against Roy Halladay, but he’s been scratched with a stiff neck. Jo-Jo Reyes, the idiot circus boy, will start in his stead.

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  1. Kate

    February 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Joe Blanton will be in the middle of everything in 2011. It’s good to hear he’s doing fine, considering how his spring training ended last year.

    I admire Chase’s determination to play through injury/pain/soreness, but this is starting to get ridiculous. How long has this one been going on?

    At least we have a serviceable replacement who can field almost as well as Chase can on those occasions when Charlie has to hog-tie Chase and lock him in a clubhouse locker to keep him off the field for his own good.

    The Wilson Valdez fans, at least, will see a silver lining.

    • Chuck

      February 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      I would LOVE to have a Valdez jersey. I’m serious.

      • Kate

        February 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

        I’m getting a Valdez jersey if I have to special-order it.

  2. tavian

    February 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Frankly, Utley’s knee worries me. It is a good thing that we have solid trade chips like Blanton to use to strengthen our offense if needed. I hope Chase gets better and his knee is not a severe stumbling block for him and this team. In any event, I hope things clear up by the end of spring training. Being in limbo regarding the health of one of our superstars is reason for concern.

  3. Marko Maglich

    February 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The bummer was I turned on the TV to watch a J-Roll at-bat. Swung at the first pitch and popped it up. I love him. I root for him. But that is just too old and familiar a sight to start the year with.

  4. Blanton is Beastly

    February 27, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I am starting to worry that Dominic Brown will never live up to the hype. I gave him the benefit of the doubt last season as he was just breaking into the majors, but I don’t know how much longer I can hold on to the hope that he will pull it all together eventually.

    Love Ben Francisco though, and I really wish he could land the starting job. I don’t see it happening though. Gload and Francisco should share the position at least. Bring back Sweeney to fill the emergency bench right-hander everyone’s saying they need.

    Joe Blanton is cruising. I want the Phils to pull a fast one and start him on opening day (though it would probably tick off anyone who bought tickets to see Halladay). I hope he keeps it up and makes everyone rethink the idea that the Phils only have four aces.

    Madson and Romero did alright. Kratz is nice. Delwyn Young is better than expected. These preseason games are just making me more anxious for the regular season to start.

    • Kate

      February 27, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      I think Dom Brown just needs more time. At this point in time, I’d much rather see Ben Francisco at the plate, though.

      Utley’s knee and the revelation that this might have been going on for quite some time came close, but nothing has enraged me more than the fact that Joe Blanton’s an afterthought for many fans. I don’t forget the fact that he was the anchor in 2009 long before Lee and Martinez arrived to pick up some of the slack and I will never forget his home run in the 2008 World Series. “Can you believe it?!” It’s the crapping on Joe Blanton that makes my ornery side think that Phillies fans seem to be developing quite the entitlement issues.

      I too would like to see Mike Sweeney make a return to Philadelphia for some right-handed action.

      • Blanton is Beastly

        February 28, 2011 at 12:40 am

        I cringe every time he gets asked about the other four starters in an interview. Have some respect people, he made it to the majors for a reason!

        I know record isn’t the best indicator for pitchers, but he’s 25 and 14 over the last 3 years with the Phil’s.

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  6. Bruce

    February 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Here we are in the early stage of Spring Training games. After reading the news of Cliff Lee’s “soreness” that is related to his abdominal pain history, we learned of Utley’s “soreness” that turns out to be tendinitis on his right knee. Jeez, what next? At least there is ample time for recovery with both players prior to season’s start. In the meantime, the team better look out for any black cat and avoid a ladder. 😉

  7. bfo_33

    February 28, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Chase must have been hitting Plyometrics too hard in the off-season. If he was a power forward, or even a center fielder, it would be a bigger concern. No big deal for most baseball players, minimize jumping activities for a week or so, and he’ll be fine. If it was the regular season, he’d be playing through it. I’m just happy to see he’s admitted it, and is resting it. he should still have plenty of time to get a bunch of ABs.

    Thankfully, Blanton has the personality to handle the disrespect he regularly gets. Not sure why if you aren’t an ace, you are treated so poorly.

    No need to worry about Brown…….yet. It’s still real early, and after last autumn, probably tweaked his swing, still working on it. I’m hoping Schwimmer was working on location vs “stuff”, looked like batting practice. Mainly, I’m just happy baseball is back. Hopefully, the remaining snow will melt this week.

  8. Jay aka Phillyboy

    February 28, 2011 at 9:48 am


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