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2013 Spring Training Game Day: Phillies v. Red Sox

http://ianonsports.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/redsox-logo2.pngBoston Red Sox vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 72, 50% Chance of Storm

TV: Sorry folks, this one is not on TV today.

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Cliff Lee takes the hill today against the Boston Red Sox as the Grapefruit League schedule winds down. Mike Stutes will follow Lee in what is likely his last shot to make any sort of impression with Phillies management in what has been a disappointing Spring. Jeremy Horst, who has pitched well enough to be back in the coversation for a role as a LOOGY, and closer Jonathan Papelbon will follow Stutes.

Yuniesky Betancourt is not in the line-up and a decision must be made on whether or not the Phillies will keep Betancourt on the roster by today. If Betancourt is not on the Phillies roster by the end of the day, he can opt out of his contract. Betancourt was drawing interest from the Cardinals and Marlins and it was reported today that the Rangers are looking for a utility infielder. The Marlins presumably filled their need for a bench infielder with Wilson Valdez yesterday while the Cardinals and Rangers may have interest in Betancourt should the Phillies allow him to opt out of his contract.


1. Revere – CF

2. Rollins – SS

3. Utley – 2B

4. Howard – 1B

5. Young – 3B

6. Brown – RF

7. Nix – LF

8. Quintero – C

9. Lee – P

Go Phillies!



  1. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Sworn to staying on topic, today’s ballgame brings about uncanny parallels between Phillies baseball, and Miami Heat basketball. The unlimited common denominators between the formerly most watched Decision in the form of LeBron James, and Phillies legend Yuni Betancourt are amazing. Betancourt, who only needs to go 5-5 today to catch the covetd .500 batting average mark has had such an influence on Phillies history that some blogs are considering editing their all-time shortstop rankings. Rumors are circulating that because of the magnitude of todayt’s big decision, ESPN is considering pre-empting it’s connection with greatness, First Take to cover Decision 2 on a delayed basis. Or at least just having Screamin’ A. Smith debate with himself on Yuni’s future, perhaps improving the show.

    The other Phillie-Heat connection is so important that tonight’s NBC Nightly News will run a special report calledf “Setting the Line:The Vegas Experience.” An oddsmake will discuss the progress he’s making in setting a new prop bet on wheteher Ryan Howard hits more homeruns this year than the Heat wins basketball games in a row. An anxious audience awaits.

  2. Dave P

    March 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Game is on PHL17. Pretty sure the broadcast schedule web site said the game was not on tv as recently as last night. No worries.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      March 24, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      It definitely did, Dave. In fact, as of this morning, it was not on the broadcast schedule. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Be interesting to see what the attraction to Ronnie Welty is in this deal in which Julio Rodriguez got sent to the Orioles. I have a feeling Welty has a strong throwing arm, decent number of assists from the outfield, has some power. 25, pro since 20, hasn’t played above Double A. Rodriguez was routine at Double A after a strong year in High A, only 22 years old. Still, Jordan must know the kid from Oriole days, so maybe it makes sense. Just doesn’t jump out, which is the way most deals are.

  4. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Best route Vic’s run in 2 years. Bad as he was last year, that was vintage Vic. Outstanding catch.

  5. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Kinda get the impresson that young Bradley sees Cliff’s pitches pretty well. Good contact on a first pitch fastie after the 3 run job last at bat.

    This Red Sox club has a decent chance to be the bounceback team of the year, Certainly a better atmosphere than a year ago as a backdrop. And I’m assuming Lackey is more like Lackey.

  6. Lefty

    March 24, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    With all the Doc talk, is anyone concerned about Cliff?

    • George

      March 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I’m not. Cliff Lee has always mixed a few bad games in with the good. He also hasn’t missed time being sick and no one has said his velocity is down or his command is off. Although he had an injury last year, he recovered from it pretty quickly.

  7. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Kris Medlen got knocked around again today, followup to the football game against the Phils the other day. They’ve announced Hudson for OD, and Maholm in Game 2, Medlen 3. Tehran was said to be awesome yesterday, 10K’s in 6 innings, hard to believe they’d push Medlen back too far, but Tehran as a 4 makes for a heckuva rotation.

  8. Ken Bland

    March 24, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    3 4

    don’t say no more

    • Lefty

      March 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Don’t forget Dom.

      But seriously,
      What a difference just knowing those 2 guys are back and healthy. I feel so much more optimistic than I did at this time last year.

      I’m just hoping that the show can keep on, this extra week of ST is starting to bug me now. Just go north already before it wears off!

      • Ken Bland

        March 24, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        Dom didn’t fit that reactionary script which was prompted by the conclusion of weekend back to backs.

        If you think the extra week is long, try doing whayt I did, which was somehow thinking there were 2 weeks left when there were 3, and not realizing it for about 10-12 days. Half the suff I was thinking was negated by the inability to tell time. I kjnow, half of what I was thinking is still a major problem.

    • Brooks

      March 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I wont say anymore – but its fun to watch! Did I hear correctly? Back to back in consecutive games?

      • Ken Bland

        March 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm

        Yeah, and not to put a damper on it at all, but the wind over the weekend really helped. But wind or not, Chase is starting to find a groove. RyHo just keeps rolling.

      • Lefty

        March 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        I’m pretty sure that same wind was blowing for all the batters, in fact I’ve seen several games today, Florida was it’s own wind tunnel. They didn’t all hit B to B two straight days. Just sayin-

  9. Lefty

    March 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Best of luck Yuni. We hardly knew ye.

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