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2014 Spring Training

Spring Training Gameday 2014: Phillies (0-0) v. Blue Jays (0-0)

Toronto Blue Jays  vs Philadelphia Phillies

Time: 1:05 pm

Bright House Field – Clearwater, FL

Weather: 73, Fog

TV: Comcast SportsNet

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Holy smokes! Snow is falling again in the Delaware Valley but baseball is back in Clearwater as the Phillies kick off their 2014 Spring Training schedule against the Toronto Blue Jays. The line-up is already set and it appears to be a line-up that the Phillies will probably use regularly throughout the season as health allows. Roberto Hernandez will take the hill against the Blue Jays who will start J.A. Happ and will also throw Kyle Drabek.


– Cole Hamels had his first bullpen session and it went “better than expected” and feels “really good physically”

Line-Up: Revere (CF), Rollins (SS), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Byrd (RF), Abreu (DH), Brown (LF), Ruiz (C), Asche (3B)

Subs listed on the line-up card next to their names, in order: Gwynn, Cedeno, Frandsen, Ruf, Thomas, Valle, Castro, Rupp, Franco

Conspicuous by his absence is John Mayberry.

Play ball! Go Phils!



  1. Hogey's Role

    February 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Downtown brown in the seven spot, wow, probably not worth reading into in spring I know, kinda surprising still….
    Go phillies!!!!

  2. Vinnie

    February 26, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Ollie Brown is back on the Phillies? (just had to say it lol)

  3. Dave

    February 26, 2014 at 10:46 am

    John Mayberry has been absent for years.

  4. The Original Chuck P

    February 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Was listening to Sarge talk the other day… he’s in Clearwater focusing on the mental side of things and you could tell how frustrated he was with JMJ. He has all the tools in the world but for some unknown reason, he keeps going up there and getting himself out by swinging at bad pitches down in the zone. This is definitely his last chance to stick here.

    I am excited… this is pretty close to what we’ll see on opening day. It might not seem all that sexy but when you’ve got a guy like Dom Brown hitting seventh, that tells you that things aren’t as bad as they seem. A lot of things have to happen for us to make a run but then again, a lot of things haven’t gone right the past couple years so we are due for a relatively healthy/productive year. Our expectations have been lowered by a couple injury-plagued seasons but I still believe these guys are capable of meeting or exceeding expectations. If Chase hits .280 and Howard hits 35 HR and if Jimmy and Revere are productive at the top of the order and if Byrd gives us average production and stability in RF, if Chooch on speedballs is a .270 hitter… might seem far fetched but a few years ago, those were probably low-ball estimates. Hamels, Lee and Burnett give us hope in the rotation and our bullpen is due for a good year (and generally, that’s how it works with bullpens… a reliever might not have it one year and find it the next). Crazier things have happened. Keep the phaith!

    • Robotnik

      February 26, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hey… Let’s not forget the possibility that Halladay and Oswalt could stage comebacks around mid season. This lineup is dismal.

    • wbramh

      February 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Chuck: First, the Red Sea parted, then came the Lake Placid “Miracle on Ice.” Tell you the truth, I wasn’t expecting miracle #3 for another 2,000 years but who knows?

      Like you and Bart G, I’ll try to “keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive.”


  5. thomas calandra

    February 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Go Phillies

  6. schmenkman

    February 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    • Vinnie

      February 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      I agree with what they are saying… here my thoughts for the upcomming year. (yes I’m a stepford Phan to some extent)

      Will AJ do better than Holliday? yes
      Will Byrd to better than Delmon? yes
      Will Abreu do better than Nix? yes
      Will Ashe to better than Mike Young? Time will tell… but i’m willing to say yes.
      Will the closer blow 5 of 6 saves in June? I don’t think Sanburg will put up with it.
      Will Dominic Brown do as well? probably not, but if he gets 25-30 HR’s for the entire year, I will be happy with that.
      How about a full season of Ben Revere? I like what i saw before he was injured.
      The IF’s are big, but if 3 of these 4 (Utley, Rollins, Ruiz,and howard) stay healthy I think it will be OK.
      KK will do the same as last year, and somebody else will pick up John Lannen’s spot.


  7. mudmin

    February 26, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Where is the countdown… There was only 1 yesterday and 0 today

    • wbramh

      February 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      I’m thinking our #3 all time player will be someone from the 1950 Whiz Kids and probably a right-handed pitcher.

      My best guess is Milo Candini.

  8. Ken Bland

    February 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Shockingly (?), I already miss Dubee. You don’t need quotes to envision the blood pressure, grimaces, anger he’d have held inside today with Aumont’s bad day. I can’t see McClure being as imaginatively frustrated one day in, especially since I got no handle on the guy. And you thought aggravation couldn’t be fun. Or funner, as the case used to be.

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