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Phillies Sign Delmon Young

UPDATE: Delmon Young has agreed to sign with the Phillies for one year, $750,000.

ORIGINAL: Sources told CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury that the Phillies are seriously considering signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young.

“I think we can [get a corner outfielder before spring training],” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “We hope to do it… We’ve kicked around a lot of stuff. [Young’s] among them.”

A paragraph written by Salisbury sums up the good and bad in signing Young, who is a great right-handed hitter but is inconsistent on the field and has a past of being a problem off it:

In April 2012, an intoxicated Young was arrested after shouting anti-Semitic slurs outside of a New York hotel. Major League Baseball suspended Young, then with the Detroit Tigers, for seven days. The player apologized for the incident and completed a counseling and community service program. He returned to the Tigers and hit .267 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs in 151 games. He was a postseason standout, hitting .359 (11 for 31) with three homers and seven RBIs in the ALCS and World Series.

2012 World Series Preview: Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants

Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central
San Francisco: 94-68; 1st in NL West

Schedule – 8 PM, EST; FOX
Game 1: Oct. 24: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64) at Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15)
Game 2: Oct. 25: Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45) at Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37)
Game 3: Oct. 27: Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 vs Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37)
Game 4: Oct. 28: Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74) vs Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79)
Game 5*: Oct. 29: DET vs SF
Game 6*: Oct. 31: DET at SF
Game 7*: Nov. 1: DET at SF

Rosters

Rotation: D. Fister, A. Sanchez, M. Scherzer, J. Verlander.

Bullpen: A. Albuquerque, J. Benoit, P. Coke (CL), O. Dotel, R. Porcello, D. Smyly, J. Valverde.

Catchers: A. Avillia, G. Laird.

Infield: M. Cabrera, P. Fielder, O. Infante, J. Peralta, R. Santiago, D. Worth.

Outfield: Q. Berry, A. Dirks, A. Garcia, A. Jackson, D. Kelly, D. Young (DH).

Rotation: M. Bumgarner, M. Cain, R. Vogelsong, B. Zito.

Bullpen: J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, G. Kontos, T. Lincecum, J. Lopez, J. Mijares, G. Mota, S. Romo (CL).

Catchers: B. Posey, H. Sanchez

Infield: J. Arias, B. Belt, J. Crawford, A. Huff, P. Sandoval, M. Scutaro, R. Theriot.

Outfield: G. Blanco, X. Nady, A. Pagan, H. Pence.

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2012 ALCS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 95-67; 1st in AL East
Detroit: 88-74; 1st in AL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 13, 8:00 – (Andy Pettitte vs Doug Fister)
Game 2: Oct. 14, 4:00 PM – (TBA vs Anibal Sanchez)
Game 3: Oct. 16, 8:00 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander)
Game 4: Oct. 17, 8:00 PM – (TBA vs Max Scherzer)
Game 5*: Oct. 18, 4:00 PM
Game 6*: Oct. 20, 8:00 PM
Game 7*: Oct. 21, 8:00 PM

Rosters
Yankees
Position Players (13): R Martin, M Teixeira, R Cano, D Jeter, A Rodriguez, I Suzuki, C Granderson, N Swisher, J Nix, R Ibanez, B Gardner, C Stewart, E Chavez.

Pitchers (12): C Sabbathia, H Kuroda, D Phelps, P Hughes, A Pettitte, B Logan, C Rapada, J Chamberlain, C Eppley, D Lowe, D Robertson, R Soriano (CL).

Tigers
Position Players (14): A Avila, G Laird, M Cabrera, P Fielder, O Infante, J Peralta, R Santiago, D Worth, Q Berry, A Dirks, A Garcia, A Jackson, D Kelly, D Young.

Pitchers (11): A Alburquerque, J Benoit, P Coke, O Dotel, D Fister, R Porcello, A Sanchez, M Scherzer, D Smyly, J Valverde (CL), J Verlander.

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Season Preview: AL Central

Expectations: Prince Fielder hopes to live up to his father’s legacy in the Motor City, and the Tigers hope to snap a near 30-year title drought.
Key Addition: 1B/DH Prince Fielder (signed from Milwaukee)
Key Loss: DH Magglie Ordonez (free agent)
Projected Record: 97-65
Summary: Expecations are very high in Detroit as the Tigers are coming off a 95 win season and have signed one of the biggest free agents in Prince Fielder. Fielder allows Miguel Cabrera to move back to third base which is his natural position. The combination of Cabrera and Fielder in the lineup should allow the Tigers to score a tone of runs and take control of the AL Central.

The Tigers also have a very strong pitching staff. Justin Verlander is the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP and was a dominating 24-5 in 2011. Combine that with Max Scherzer and Doug Fister, who can win 15 games this year, and this is one of the stronger rotations in the American League.

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Split Squad: vs Baltimore; at Detroit

Phillies 3, Tigers 6 — Scott Elarton really wants to make the big league club this season.

Elarton pitched four strong innings, allowing a run on two hits but walking four. Location was an issue for Elarton in the 1st inning, walking three batters and allowing a run on a sacrifice fly that followed Brennan Boesch’s triple.

Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre each had two-hit days for the Phillies.

Phillies 3, Orioles 3 (10 inn.) — Roy Halladay got the start in this one. Doc went deep, missing a few of his spots, but overall on track to be as ready as ever heading into the season.

Halladay went 6 1/3, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine.

Jim Thome crushed a two-run double in the Phillies’ three-run 3rd inning. Freddy Galvis had a three-hit game.

He will have one more Spring start before Opening Day on April 5.

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Tigers 3

On the day Freddy Galvis was named the starting second baseman on Opening Day, he did not disappoint.

The top infield prospect for the Phillies bumped his spring average up to .282 with his two-run, game-tying triple in the 5th inning as well as scoring the go-ahead run in the Phillies 4-3 win on Monday.

The Phillies were trailing 3-0 heading into the 5th inning and they put a four-spot on the board and held on to beat the Tigers in Clearwater.

Scott Elarton got the start, allowing all three of the Tigers runs in 2 1/2 innings of work. As Opening Day is around the corner, he needs to impress someone to have a shot at cracking the roster as a reliever with Jose Contreras apparently not ready.

Joe Savery was really good in his two innings, allowing a double and striking out three.

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Phils partake in Split Squad action

BLANKED BY YANKS — Kyle Kendrick got the start in the Phillies 3-0 loss to the Yankees. The right-hander went three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.

Austin Hyatt allowed a two-run single to Chris Dickerson in the 4th inning.

The Phillies were held to three hits (Scott Podsednik, Lou Montanez and Eric Kratz).

PHILS, TIGERS TIE — After being down 2-0, the Phillies forced a tie with the Detroit Tigers in their home park in Clearwater.

Laynce Nix went 2-for-3 and Pete Orr went 3-for-4 with a run scored apiece on the afternoon.

Cliff Lee allowed a couple runs on six hits, including a two-run homer to Ryan Raburn in the 1st. He struck out three in three innings of work.

Phils pummel Tigers relievers

Phils SP Roy Halladay throws against the Tigers in GFL action on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Roy Halladay wasn’t given the most glamourous of line ups to pitch behind today. Thankfully, that’s a problem he will only have to encounter this spring.

Doc allowed three runs on four hits in three innings of work while striking out four. He didn’t have a problem with much of the Tigers’ line up, well except for Eric Patterson.

Then again, no one was able to stop Patterson today. Patterson hit two home runs off Halladay and finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

The Phillies trailed Detroit 4-0 until the 6th inning. That changed quickly when Carlos Ruiz ripped a three-run home run off Adam Wilk.

The Phillies took the lead for good the next inning, putting up a four-spot in the 7th. John Mayberry tied the game with an RBI double and Lou Montanez followed with an RBI single to give the Phils a 5-4 lead.

They tacked on two more with RBIs from Cesar Hernandez and Kevin Frandsen.

Phillies win in walk-off fashion

It may only be the Grapefruit League but the Phillies had their first walk-off win of 2012.

Rightfielder Lou Montanez delivered a solo home run ironically off Michael Dubee to lift the Phillies to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Hunter Pence went 2-for-3 with a run scored today. Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco each had one hit apiece with Victorino’s being a solo home run.

Ty Wigginton got the scoring started in the second inning with an RBI double to plate Pence.

Laynce Nix picked up his first Grapefruit League RBI as he drew a bases-loaded walk off Pirates starter James McDonald to extend the Phillies lead to 2-0.

Cole Hamels pitched 3.2 innings of shutout baseball. He allowed four hits and struck out a pair.

Dave Bush continued to struggle as he allowed three earned runs in 2.1 innings.

Phillippe Aumont tossed a perfect ninth inning including a strikeout.

The Phillies face the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 1:05 p.m.

Official Phillies v Rollins Post

This will be a running thread to update on the Jimmy Rollins situation.

Dec. 15

6:30 PM — Newly signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis believes his good friend Jimmy Rollins will re-sign with the Phillies.

“He was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis said of Rollins.

Willis and Rollins grew up together in Oakland.

Dec. 14

4:22 PM — Contrary to reports yesterday, the rumor that the Tigers were having negotiations with Jimmy Rollins’ agent were false and that the Tigers don’t have the money to sign Rollins.

Dec. 13

5:09 — Jimmy Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano told the Phillies there is a second team interested in Rollins, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Stark said that the Tigers are believed to be that second team.

Dece. 10

2:30 — St. Louis’ deal with Furcal could reach $14 million over two years.

Phillies are the last logical team in on Rollins.

12:26 — Ken Rosenthal reports that the St. Louis Cardinals are near a deal with short stop Rafael Furcal. If he signs there, it’s another suitor out of the race for Jimmy Rollins.

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