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The Phils have extended Ruben Amaro, Jr.’s Contract.

Earlier today, the Phils have announced that they have extended General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr.’s contract. Amaro has signed a four-year extension with the Phils a day after the team had signed manager Charlie Manuel to a two-year extension of his contract. This means that Amaro will be the Phils’ General Manager through 2015, helping to keep things stable at the top for the next few years.

Here’s to hoping that he’ll be making some more deals that’ll help the team during that time. Time to really start earning, Ruben.

The offense showed its presence as the Phils crushed the Orioles, 13-6.

The Phils offense came out to play as they crushed the Orioles, 13-6.

The Phils took an early 2-0 lead as, with one man on, and with one man out, Raul Ibanez hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in Shane Victorino, who had earlier walked. Three batters later, the Phils made it a 3-0 lead as, with a runner on second, and now with two men out, Delwyn Young hits an RBI single, scoring Ross Gload, who had earlier doubled, before Young was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double, 9-3-6-4. The Orioles came back in their half of the first as, with a runner on first, and with nobody out, Nick Markakis hits an RBI triple, knocking in J.J. Hardy, who had earlier singled, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Orioles made it a 3-2 lead as Adam Jones hits into an RBI ground out, 4-3, scoring Markakis. The Phils made it a 4-2 lead in the third as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Ryan Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Victorino, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ibanez’s double. The Orioles got that run back in their half of the third as, with two men out, Jones hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 5-3 Phils’ lead. The Phils took a 6-3 lead in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Ibanez hits an RBI single, scoring Victorino, who had earlier doubled. The Phils then made it a 7-3 lead as Howard hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the spring, knocking in Ibanez. The Phils then made it an 8-3 lead as Gload hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Orioles made it an 8-5 Phils’ lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Joseph Mahoney hits a two-run double, scoring Matt Angle, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on a Josh Bell single, and Bell, who had just singled. The Phils then busted the game wide open in the ninth as, with two men on base, and with two men out, Brandon Moss hits a two-run double, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base when Rich Thompson was hit by the pitch, and Thompson, who had just been hit by the pitch, making it a 10-5 Phils’ lead. One batter later, the Phils took an 11-5 lead as Moss scored on a Brandon Snyder’s fielding error of a Jim Murphy grounder, with Murphy stopping at second base. The Phils then made it a 13-5 lead as John Mayberry, Jr. hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the spring, scoring Murphy before him. The Orioles got a run back in the bottom of the ninth when Robert Andino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, making it a 13-6 Phils’ leads. But that would be the final score, as Dan Meyer would get out the next three batters.

Cliff Lee (1-1, 5.00) got the win as he pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out two. Danys Baez received his first hold of the sproing as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo also pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two walks, while striking out three. Brad Lidge then pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Dan Meyer then followed as he also pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Jeremy Guthrie (1-2, 6.00) took the lost as he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Kevin Gregg pitched an inning, giving up four runs on five hits. Clay Rapada then followed with a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Jason Berken then pitched two scoreless innings. Rick VandenHurk then pitched an inning, giving up five runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits, while he struck out two.

The Phils had fourteen hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez and Delwyn Young both leading the team with three hits, with Ibanez hitting a single, a double and a two-run home run, as he knocked in three runs, raising his average to .321, while Young had two singles and a double, while he knocked in a run. Shane Victorino (single and double) and Ross Gload (double and solo home run) both followed with two hits, with Gload knocking in a run. Freddy Galvis (single), Brandon Moss (double), Ryan Howard (two-run home run) and John Mayberry, Jr. (two-run home run) had the other four Phils’ hits, with Howard knocking in three runs, one by sacrifice fly, Moss two runs and Mayberry two runs. The other Phil run came in on an error.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 9-6.

Charlie Manuel contract extended for two more years.

The Phils have extended Charlie Manuel’s contract with the Phils for two more seasons as the Phils manager, for $7.5 million dollars, so he’ll still be the Phils’ manager until the end of 2013.

Congrats on the new contract, Charlie. Hopefully it’ll lead to a few more playoff appearances.

A four-run second inning help leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

A four run outburst in the second inning leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.

The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Delwyn Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. One batter later, Brian Schneider made it a 4-0 Phils’ lead as he hits a 3-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Young and Gload. The Tigers would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brennan Boesch hits into a double play, 3-6-3, scoring Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Victor Martinez’s single, while wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Martinez, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers would make it 4-2 Phils in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Don Kelly, a walk to Andy Dirks, moving Kelly to second base, and a single to Will Rhymes, moving both Kelly and Dirks up a base, and with one man out, Magglio Ordonez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kelly from third. The Phils would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Jeff Larish hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Tigers would get that run back in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Audy Ciriaco hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Argenis Diaz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ben Guez’s double. That would be the final score as Mike Zagurski would end the game by striking out both pinch hitters Ryan Strieby and Scott Sizemore.

Joe Blanton gets the win (1-0, 3.09) as he pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his first spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his first spring training hold as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. David Herndon received his second spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Rick Porcello took the lost (0-1, 4.50), as he pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Adam Wilk and Jose Valverde then followed for three scoreless innings, as they together gave up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Wilk). Duane Below then followed for an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Thomas and Ryan Perry then followed with two scoreless innings, giving up no hits between them.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, raising his spring training average to .240. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Jeff Larish (Home Run), Delwyn Young (Single), Ross Gload (Single), Brian Schneider (Home Run) and Wilson Valez (Single) had the other seven Phil’s hits, two of which were a three-run home run (Schneider) and a solo shot (Larish). Gload had the other Phil RBI.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 7-6.

Post No. 900: The Phils announced that they will be sidelining Utley indefinitely…

The Phils have just announced that they plan to sideline their star second baseman Chase Utley indefinitely until his right knee gets better, as an MRI reveals that not only does he have mild patellar tendinitis of the right knee, but that there is also bone inflammation (Which may help explain why the right knee is not healing the way it should be). The Phils have no idea when Utley will be back, although it is likely that they will place him on the 15-day disable list when the regular season starts on April 1. Although surgery is an option, the Phils are thinking of doing it only as a last resort.

As the Phils try to figure out when Chase will be ready to go during the season, the Phils have said that they will, for the moment, not be looking outside of the organization for his replacement. This, of course, means that we’ll be, once again, seeing Wilson Valdez as the starting second base for a while, with someone else taking his place on the bench from among those who are presently playing with the team during spring training.

I just plainly hope that this will not throw a major monkey wrench into the team’s chances to make the playoffs, never mind the World Series.

Get well soon, Chase.

The Phils come from behind in the ninth to defeat the Orioles, 4-3.

The Phils defeat the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded, no out, walk-off win, evening their Grapefruit League record to 6-6.

The Orioles took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jake Fox hits an RBI double, scoring Randy Winn, who had earlier walked, and then moved up to second on a Brendan Harris walk, which sending Harris, who had earlier walked, over to third base, giving the Orioles a 1-0 lead. One batter later, the Orioles made it a 2-0 lead as Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Harris from third. The Phils got a run back in the fourth as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the spring, making it a 2-1 Orioles’ lead. The Phils then tied it up at two-all in the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Shane Victorino hits an RBI double, knocking in Josh Barfield, who had been safe at first on a force out, 6-4, as Carlos Ruiz, who had earlier walked, was wiped out at second base, then stole second base. The Orioles retook the lead in the sixth as, with a runner on second, and with one out, Bell hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had earlier been hit by the pitch, then stole second base, giving the Orioles a 3-2 lead. The Phils then rallied in the ninth as they loaded the bases, via walk by Dane Sardinha and Barfield, with pitch runner Wilson Valdes, who was running for Sardinha, stopping at second base, and a bunt single by Michael Martinez, with Valdez stopping at third, and Barfield moving up to second base, and with no one out, Carlos Rivero won the game with a two-run, walk-off single, knocking in both Valdez and Barfield, while Rivero would stop at second, giving the Phils a 4-3, come from behind, win.

Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he pitched four innings, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out two. Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit, while striking out two. Brad Lidge pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter, while striking out two. Danys Baez and Dan Meyer both followed with a scoreless inning, striking out two batters (Baez) between them. Drew Carpenter (1-0, 0.00) received the win as he pitched a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. Justin Duchscherer also received a no-decision as he pitched two innings, giving up a hit and a walk. Brian Matusz received his first hold of the spring as he pitched two and a third innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chris George received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit. Michael Gonzalez recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit and a walk, while striking out one. Jim Johnson received his first hold of the spring as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Adrian Rosario recorded his first blown save of the spring before getting the lost (0-1, 9.00), as he pitched an inning plus four batters, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Shane Victorino, Martin Martinez and Carlos Rivero each leading the team with two hits, with Victorino’s hit being a single and a double, knocking in a run, Martinez’s hits being two singles, and Rivero’s two hits also being two singles, knocking in two runs. Ryan Howard, Delwyn Young and John Mayberry, Jr., had the other three Phils’ hits, with Howard’s hit being a solo home run, Young’s hit being a single, and Mayberry’s hit being a double.

The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 6-6.

Seems injuries have decided to make things interesting…

This past Saturday, during the Phils’ 4-3 lost to the Pirates, Dom Brown, during an at-bat against pitcher Paul Maholm, fractured the hook of the hamate bone on his right hand as he fouled off a pitch, before getting his only hit of spring training, a single. Brown has returned to Philadelphia to visit hand specialist Randall Culp, to see how bad it is, although the Phils expect that Brown will need surgery on his right hand, and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. This will mean that Dom Brown will more than likely start the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, before being called back to the main club, while Ben Francisco, who has been hitting the cover off of the ball so far this spring (before going 0 for 3 in today’s game with the Yankees), will be the one who will be the starter in right field, although no one have yet to say that he is.

This could end up being a blessing in disguise, as it should allow Brown to get away from all of the hype around him as he is considered the team’s number one prospect, as well as being the number one candidate for the job in right field, although he have not had a good spring as he had gone 0 for 15 before getting the single.

Meanwhile, in spite of taking a week off to allow his right knee to heal after it was announced that he was suffering from patellar tendenitis, Chase Utley was given a cortisone shot to help it heal. This is not good news, as the leg was expected to heal on its own, after being given some rest, although Utley have taken batting practice as he waited for his knee to get better. Hopefully his knee will be okay by the time that the team head north near the end of the month and it will make Utley sit out a few games during the regular season when told to by Charlie Manuel.