Today's lineup: Darin Ruf the Phillies' DH (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

The Phillies are going with a nearly complete lineup in today’s spring training game against the Tigers at Bright House Field at 1:05 p.m. on TCN. Today's lineup: Darin Ruf the Phillies' DH (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Crash Bag, Vol. 95: American Virtue

@jimmyfricke: “Should Phillies fans be upset about Cruz being signed for 1 year 8 mil while we’re stuck with Byrd for 2 years 16 mil” Absolutely not. Cruz is a 33-year-old power-before-hit corner outfielder who produces no value on the bases or in the field. Those guys tend to have a couple things in common: they’re overrated in their primes, because they produce homers and RBI, which are flashy, but…

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Blue Jays knuckleballer Dickey getting up to speed (The Associated Press)

R.A. Dickey is getting up to speed this spring. Dickey made his exhibition debut Thursday, starting for the Toronto Blue Jays and giving up one unearned run in two innings during a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Blue Jays knuckleballer Dickey getting up to speed (The Associated Press) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Jeter goes hitless in first exhibition game (The Associated Press)

Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation Thursday before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring training game of his final season, a New York Yankees’ 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second off Pittsburgh right-hander Charlie Morton in the first and grounded out to third during the fourth against left-hander Jeff Locke. He broke…

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Bautista strikes again, Blue Jays beat Phillies (The Associated Press)

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5. Bautista strikes again, Blue Jays beat Phillies (The Associated Press) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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Take two

Wasn’t a lot better than the first one. The Phils fell to Toronto for the second straight day this afternoon, losing 7-5. Cliff Lee started the game, coming off of a 2013 campaign in which he was the best Phillie by a wide margin. He went two innings in the game, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three. He allowed a run on back-to-back doubles to righties…

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Cliff Lee shrugs off trade talk, focuses on winning (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Among all the players in the Phillies clubhouse, Cliff Lee might have the best chance of making the postseason in 2014. If it doesnt happen with the Phillies, theres a pretty good chance it could happen elsewhere. Lee has been the subject of trade rumors each of the last two seasons, but Phillies management, hoping for one more run at a championship, has hung on to him….

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Ruf, Mayberry homer, Abreu patient in Phillies' ST loss

Darin Ruf had himself a day in his first spring training start. He walked to load the bases in his first plate appearance, homered off Esmil Rogers in the third inning, and narrowly missed another homer on the first pitch of his third PA. The Phillies lost, 7-5, to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. It looked like Ruf had at least extra bases in the fifth, but his booming fly…

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Lee starts spring slate with positive outlook

Despite his name popping up every few months, Cliff Lee still finds himself in a Phillies uniform, still hoping the team can make the postseason and win a World Series. He took his first step toward that goal Thursday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, where he made his Grapefruit League debut in a 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays. Lee starts spring slate with positive outlook Author: Todd Zolecki…

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Martin experiences shoulder discomfort, will see doctor

The Phillies could be running thin on starting pitching depth. Ethan Martin left Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with a right shoulder issue. Martin experiences shoulder discomfort, will see doctor Author: Todd Zolecki From Feed: http://partner.mlb.com/partnerxml/gen/news/rss/phi.xml Powered by WPeMatico

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