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As Cliff Lee throw eight strong innings, the offense scores enough runs for the Phils to leave Boston with a series split, as they defeat the BoSox, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee throws eight strong innings as the Phils leave Fenway Park with a split as they defeat the Red Sox, 3-1.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man out, Michael Young hits a solo home run, his second home run of the season, as he snaps an 0-21 hitless streak, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Red Sox tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Dustin Pedroia hits an RBI single, knocking in Jacoby Ellsbury, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base. The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh as the Phils played some much-needed small ball as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits an RBI single, scoring John Mayberry, Jr., who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then got an insurance run in the top of the ninth as Dom Brown hits a lead-off home run, his eleventh home run of the season, adding to his lead as the team’s home run leader, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon would come in and collect his tenth save of the season, as he threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34) got the win as he went eight strong innings, giving up just one run on four scattered hits, as he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon received his tenth save of the year as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Ryan Dempster (2-6, 4.45) took the lost as he went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four. Craig Breslow pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Junichi Tazawa pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits, as he also struck out two.

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Erik Kratz (Singles, RBI) both leading the club with two hits apiece. Michael Young (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Delmon Young (Single), Dom Brown (Home Run, RBI) and John Mayberry, Jr. (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had three walks (Jimmy Rollins, Freddy Galvis, Kratz) and a stolen base (Revere, 9) in the ballgame.

The Phils (25-27, 3rd NL East) will start the home portion of their Interleague Play series with the Red Sox (32-21, 1st AL East), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park, and will start at  7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29), who is coming off a lost against the Nats on May 24, as he went just five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and four walks, while striking out just one Nat, in the Phils’ 5-2 lost. Kyle will be trying to end his present two-game losing streak, while trying to give the Phils a chance to win the game against the BoSox. The Red Sox will counter with John Lackey (3-4, 2.72), who is coming off a win against the Indians on May 25, as he pitched seven innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and three walks, while striking out eight, in the Red Sox’s 8-1 win. He will be going for his third win in a row. The Phils will once again be trying get back to being one game below .500.

The Phils hold on to win one for Cliff Lee as they defeat the D-backs, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils reward a good start by Cliff Lee with a win as they defeat the D-backs, 3-1.

The Phils end a 0-0 tie in the top of the fifth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly to center, knocking in Ben Revere, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Cliff Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, then went to third on Trevor Cahill’s wild pitch, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Rollins hits an RBI single, scoring Revere, who had started the inning off with a single, then stole second base, before going on to third on Lee’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils added an insurance run in the eighth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Dom Brown hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Young, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to second base on Delmon Young’s walk, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead, while sending D. Young, who had earlier walked, up to third base. The D-backs got on the scoreboard in their half of the eighth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Cody Ross hits a sacrifice fly, scoring A.J. Pollock, who had started the inning off with a walk, then moved up to third base on Paul Goldschmidt’s single, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth save, as he performed a five-out save, striking out both pinch-hitter Erik Hinske and Pollock, after the D-backs had gotten the winning and tying runs in scoring position.

Cliff Lee (4-2, 2.86) got the win as he pitch seven shutout innings, giving up six hits and two walks, while striking out three. Antonio Bastardo recorded his fifth hold of the season as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his sixth hold of the year as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up two hits, while striking out three. Trevor Cahill (2-4, 2.70) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up  a run on three hits, four walks and a wild pitch, while striking out five. Josh Collmenter pitched two innings, giving up a run on two hits. Tony Sipp pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on a hit and two walks. Will Harris, Matt Reynolds and Brad Ziegler combined for one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Harris (1), Reynolds (2)) between them, while striking out four (Harris (1), Reynolds (2), Ziegler (1)).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Singles, 2 RBIs) and Ben Revere (Singles) leading the team with two hits apiece. Chase Utley (Single), Michael Young (Single), Delmon Young (Double), Dom Brown (Single, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Single) had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also have six walks (Rollins, Utley, M. Young (1), D. Young (2),  Revere (1)) and two stolen bases (Rollins (4), Revere (7)) in the game.

The Phils (17-21, 3rd NL East) will conclude their series with the D-backs (21-16, 2nd NL West) with an afternoon game, already in progress.

The Phils will begin a three-games series with the last place Marlins.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils (4-5, 4th), after leaving Citizens Bank Park with their first series win of 2013, will start a three-games series with the last place Marlins (1-8, 5th), the team with presently the worst record in the National League. The game will be played at Marlins Park and will start at 7:10 EDT.

The Phils will put on the mound their fifth-game starter John Lannan (0-0, 3.86), who is coming off a rather good start against the Royals on April 6, in his first start as a Phil, as he went seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out five, holding off the Royals until the Phils were able to make a comeback in the ninth inning to win the game by the score of 4-3. He will be trying to win his first start as a Phil, while trying to lead the club to their first three-game winning streak. The Marlins will counter with Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.97), who is making his third start of the season, as he comes off a no-decision against the Mets on April 6, as he went five and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Marlins’ 7-3 lost. He will once again be looking for his first win of the season, while the fish will be looking for their second win of 2013. The Phils will be trying to take advantage of the Marlins’ early season woes, while trying to move up in the NL East standings, while trying to keep from falling any further behind the first place Braves.

After nine games, the Phils have three regulars with a .300 or better batting average, third baseman Michael Young (.375 (12 for 32)), second baseman Chase Utley (.333 (11 for 33)) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (.316 (12 for 38)), with Utley presently leading the team with nine RBIs and is tied for the team’s lead in home runs with two (tied with Dom Brown) and for the team’s lead in triple with one (along with Young), while Rollins is the team’s leader in doubles with five. Utley and Rollins are tied for second place in stolen bases with three each, both trailing Ben Revere, who presently has four. Rollins is tied for second in RBIs with five with both Ryan Howard and Brown, as they all trail Utley. Rollins, for now, is batting a lot better as the second batter in the Phils’ line-up, looking like the Rollins of 2007-2008, while Utley appears to have gone back to what he was doing before his foot problems of the last two seasons (2011-2012). The biggest disappointment, at the moment, is Howard, who is presently batting (.200 (7 for 35)), despite him showing that he might have finally gotten it during spring training (.322 (28 for 87)), but seems to have gone back to swinging at the junk pitches of breaking balls out of the strike zone and high fastballs, as he have collected only one extra-base hit, a home run, as he has struck out a team leading twelve times. As long as he continue to go after the junk, opposing pitchers will not throw him any good pitches to hit, unless Young start to force them to start pitching to Howard by continuing to hit.

Cliff Lee just miss pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats come to life to beat the Mets, 8-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesCliff Lee is one out short of pitching a complete game as the Phils’ bats wake up to rout the Mets, winning 8-3.

The Phils take the lead in the bottom of the second as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, John Mayberry Jr. hits a two-run double, knocking in Michael Young, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third base on Dom Brown’s single, and Brown, who had just singled, then moved up to second base on left fielder Lucas Duda’s throwing error, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, with Mayberry still on second base, and now with two men out, Cliff Lee helped his own cause with an RBI single to center, knocking in Mayberry, giving the Phils a 3-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead two batters later, after Ben Revere had hit a single, moving Lee up to second base, as Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI double, scoring Lee, while sending Revere on to third base. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the third as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 5-0 lead. The Phils then took a 6-0 lead as Young followed Howard with a solo shot of his own, his first home run of the season, and his first as a Phil. Two batters later, with one  man out, the Phils make it a 7-0 lead as Mayberry hits his own solo home run, his first home run of the season. The Mets got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, John Buck hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the season, scoring David Wright, who had started the inning off by reaching base on Rollins’ throwing error, making it a 7-2 Phils’ lead. The Phils got one of the runs back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Young hits an RBI triple, knocking in Chase Utley, who had earlier walked, then stole second base, giving the Phils an 8-2 lead. The Mets got the run back in the top of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Jordany Valdespin, after having first tripled, would score on catcher Erik Kratz’s passed ball, making it an 8-3 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Mike Adams would record the final out in the ninth by striking out Ruben Tejada looking.

Cliff Lee (2-0, 1.08) got the win as he pitched eight and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on eight hits, while he struck out six. Mike Adams pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face. Dillon Gee (0-2, 7.71) took the lost as he went just three innings, giving up seven runs on ten hits, as he struck out two. Greg Burke pitched two innings, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, as he struck out two. Scott Rice, LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon would combine for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rice) between them, while striking out three (one batter each).

The Phils had eleven hits in the game, with Michael Young leading the team (Single, Triple, Home Run, 2 RBIs), being a double short of hitting the cycle, followed by John Mayberry, Jr. (Double, Home Run, 3 RBIs) with two hits. Ben Revere (Single), Jimmy Rollins (Double, RBI), Ryan Howard (Home Run, RBI), Dom Brown (Single), Erik Kratz (Single) and Cliff Lee (Single, RBI), had the other five Phils’ hits. The Phils also had two walks (Chase Utley (2)) and two stolen bases (Utley (2 & 3)) in the game.

The Phils (3-5, 4th) will conclude their series with the Mets (5-3, 3rd) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94) who is coming off a bad start against the Royals on April 5, as he threw five and two-thirds innings. giving up five runs on eight hits and two walks, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 13-4 lost. Kendrick will be trying to regain the form he had early in the game, before the floodgates suddenly opened. Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) will pitch for the Mets, as he is coming off a lost to the Marlins on April 5, as he threw six innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 7-5 lost. He will be trying to even his record while trying to give the Mets the series win. The Phils look to end the series with a win.

Cliff Lee’s eight innnings of two-hit pitching help lead the Phils to their first win of 2013 as they blank the Braves, 2-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesEight scoreless innings by Cliff Lee help lead the Phils to their first victory of the 2013 season, as they beat the Braves, 2-0.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the second as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Laynce Nix, leading off the inning, a double by Erik Kratz, with Nix stopping at third base, and a walk to Cliff Lee, and with nobody out, Nix would score on Ben Revere’s force out grounder to the shortstop, 6-4, for the inning’s first out, as Lee is wiped out at second base, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, as Kratz moved up to second base, and Revere is safe at first. The Phils increased their lead two batters later as, with the bases once again loaded, after Revere steals second base, and Jimmy Rollins gets on base with a walk, and with one man still out, Chase Utley hits a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kratz, who beats the throw home, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. That would end up being all the run the Phils would need as Lee would keep the Braves’ offense under control for eight shutout innings, allowing only three men to reach base, a two-out single in the bottom of the second to Dan Uggla, a one-out single by Justin Upton in the bottom of the fourth, before he is wiped out on a 6-3 doubleplay grounder hit by Freddie Freeman, and Gerald Laird who, in the bottom of the sixth, lead off the inning by reaching base on a fielding error by Utley, before being left stranded. Jonathan Papelbon would then take over in the ninth and collect his first save of the season as he throws a 1-2-3 ninth.

Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw eight scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while he struck out eight. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his first save of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Kris Medlen (0-1, 3.60) took the lost as he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks, while striking out three. Cory Gearrin, Jordan Walden and Anthony Varvaro combined for four scoreless innings, giving up two hits (Walden (1), Varvaro (1)) between them, while striking out only one Phil (Varvaro).

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Jimmy Rollins (Single, Double) leading the team with two hits. Ben Revere (Single, RBI), Chase Utley (Single, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single), Dom Brown (Single), Laynce Nix (Single) and Erik Kratz (Double) had the other six Phils hits, as the offense continue to squander scoring opportunities. The Phils also had four walks (Rollins, Utley, Michael Young, Cliff Lee) and two stolen bases (Revere (2), Rollins (2)) in the game.

The Phils (1-2, 4th NL East) begins their first series at home with an interleague series with the Royals (1-2, 5th AL Central) in a game already in progress.

The Phils make a quick roster move as they claim outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of waivers from Cleveland, then placed Ender Inciarte on waivers.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils made their first roster change for 2013 as they claim off of the waiver wire outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from the Indians, the placed Rule 5 Draft pick Ender Inciarte onto the waiver wire.

Yesterday the Phils announced that they had picked up outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off of the waiver wire, after he had been placed there by the Cleveland Indians. Carrera, who last year appeared in 48 games with the Indians, batted .272 (40 for 147), as he had six doubles, three triples and two home runs, knocking in 11 RBIs, while scoring 20 runs. He also had 8 stolen bases. In 116 total MLB games with the Indians in 2011-12, he had a batting average of .255 (89 for 349), with 14 doubles, six triples and two home run, as he knocked in 25 RBIs, while crossing the plate 47 times. Carrera also had 18 stolens bases. He should join the team in Atlanta for tonight’s game, as the Phils’ fifth outfielder.

To make room for him on the roster, the Phils have placed Ender Inciarte on waivers. Inciarte, whom the Phils had picked up from the Diamondbacks during last season’s Rule 5 Draft, made the opening day roster as their fifth outfielder, after a spring training in which he hit .273 (9 for 33), as he appeared in 27 games, hiting a double, and knocking in one run, while scoring 5. The news is that if he is not claimed off of the wire, the Diamondbacks might take him back, although it would cost them $25,000, which would be half of what the Phils had paid for drafting him.

Welcome to the club, Carrera. Hopefully you’ll have a future here.

The Phils win their final Grapefruit League road game for 2013 as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind good pitching from Cole Hamels and the bullpen, the Phils win their last spring training game on the road, as they defeat the Tigers, 4-1.

The Phils took the lead in the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Michael Young hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Ben Revere, who started the game off with a single, moved up to second base on Justin Verlander’s throwing error on a pick-off attempt, then stopped at third base on Kevin Frandsen’s ground out, three-unassisted, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils increased their lead in the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Ender Inciarte hits an RBI single, scoring Carlos Ruiz, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on John Mayberry, Jr’s walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead, while sending Mayberry, who had earlier walked, on to third base, before moving up to second base on the right fielder’s wide throw to the plate. The Tigers got on the board in the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Austin Jackson hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Alex Avila, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Zach Minor’s wild pitch, then went to third base on Omar Infante’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils got the run back in the seventh as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Young hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Inciarte, who had started the inning off with a single, stole second base, then stopped at third base on Revere’s single, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Revere, who had earlier singled, then stole second base, over to third base. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead as, with runners on the corners, as Lynce Nix walked, and now with two men out, Revere would score on Bruce Rondon’s balk, while Nix moved up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Chris Nichols ended the game by getting pinch-hitter Corey Jones to ground out, three-unassisted, for the game’s final out.

Cole Hamels (3-0, 0.95) got the win as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out three. Chad Durbin recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Zach Miner recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw two innings, giving up a run on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Antonio Bastardo received his fourth hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, striking out two. Brandon Erbe recorded his first hold of the spring as he went one and two-thirds innings, striking out a batter. Chris Nichols pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. Justin Verlander (1-3, 4.01) took the lost as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jess Todd pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Bruce Rondon pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a balk, while striking out a batter. Darin Downs pitched one and a third innings, striking out three batters. Luis Marte pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one.

The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Ben Revere (Singles) and Ender Inciarte (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with two hits each. Michael Young (Double, 2 RBIs), Carlos Ruiz (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double) and Troy Hanzawa (Single), had the other four Phils’ hits. The final Phil run came in on a balk. The Phils also had three walks (Laynce Nix,  Ruiz and Mayberry), a hit batter (Kevin Frandsen) and three stolen bases (Revere 2 (9) and Inciarte (2)) in the game.

The Phils (15-15) will play their final spring training game at Clearwater against the Blue Jays (14-16) tomorrow. Game time is 1:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a high note.