Bobby Abreu happy to be back with Phils

Your browser does not support iframes. Abreu talks about his new role with the Phillies in 2014 Bobby Abreu made his debut as a Phillie for 2014 yesterday and did what you want to do in a training game and that is see a lot of pitches. Abreu was being selective and he had to walks to show for it in his first game in a Phillies uniform since 2005…

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A Quick Note on Spring Stats re: Ryan Howard

Recently, I wrote about why spring training stats can be misleading. There aren’t many reasons why one should ever need to take a player’s spring training stats with anything less than a gigantic grain of salt, even just to look at strikeout and walk rates, which stabilize faster than most other stats and the only ones to stabilize in fewer than 240 trips to the plate. I bring this up…

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Blue Jays' lineup looks similar to 2013 (The SportsXchange)

The lineup that opened the spring training season for the Toronto Blue Jays looked much like the one manager John Gibbons used to open the 2013 season. Gibbons tipped his hand with the lineup that he sent out for Wednesday’s opener of the Grapefruit League schedule against the Philadelphia Phillies, a 4-3 rain-shortened win. The changes this year come in the bottom two spots in the order in which Dioner…

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MLB roundup: Angels' Trout signs one-year deal for $1 million (The SportsXchange)

The Los Angeles Angels signed outfielder Mike Trout to a record one-year, $1 million contract on Wednesday and hope to reach agreement on a long-term deal by the end of the spring. The Los Angeles Times reported that a proposed extension would be for approximately six years and $150 million. With Trout under contract for the 2014 season, the Angels would be able to sign him to a new long-term…

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Over/Under- Phillies Bench

The Phillies first Spring Training game was played today against the Blue Jays, meaning we’re about a month away from Opening Day. To celebrate, WSBGMs is previewing most of the players expected to be on the Phillies 25-man roster, either as individuals (ex- starting position players) or as groups (ex- bullpen and bench). Today the we focus on the offensive reserves, the bench.   Bench: Wil Nieves, Darin Ruf, Bobby Abreu,…

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Blue Jays 4, Phillies 3: Hernandez hit hard (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

CLEARWATER, Fla. A strong wind was blowing out to center field as Roberto Hernandez made his spring pitching debut for the Phillies on Wednesday. When I pitch, I dont think about the wind, Hernandez said. Hernandez did not keep the ball down and as a result was hit hard in two innings of work. He allowed four hits, including two doubles off the centerfield wall, and a home run in…

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Phillies BP pitcher becomes hitting guru (The Associated Press)

Tossing batting practice to Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and the rest of the Philadelphia Phillies has turned into a busy, post-retirement career for Rob Potts. The 55-year-old former postmaster starts his seventh season as a batting practice pitcher for the Phillies in April. ”I’m very blessed to be able to do what I do,” Potts said. Phillies BP pitcher becomes hitting guru (The Associated Press) Author: From Feed: http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/phi/rss.xml Powered…

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