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Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season.

The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot.

Quintero, 33, hit .232 in 43 games with the Kansas City Royals last season.

The other eight guys invited to Spring Training are infielders Andres Blanco, Josh Fields, Michael Martinez and Pete Orr; catcher Steven Lerud; outfielder Jermaine Mitchell; pitchers Cesar Jimenez and Zach Miner.

Martinez, Orr and Lerud all played with the Phillies during the 2012 season while Blanco spent all of last year with the IronPigs in Triple-A. The rest have not been invited before.

As per the Phillies PR, here is information on the other eight invitees to Spring Training:

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Phillies Catcher Carlos Ruiz Suspended 25 Games For Amphetamines

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, coming off of a career season, was suspended 25 games today.

The All-Star catcher was said to have been using and amphetamine called Aderall, which is an energy booster, an agent used to mask steroid use. He will miss the first 25 games of the 2013 season.

Ruiz released a statement after the announcement:

“I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,” Ruiz said in a statement. “I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization, and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.”

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Bullpen Blows Lead; Phillies Winning Streak Snapped

Astros 6, Phillies 4
WP – Wesley Wright (1-2, 3.33)
LP – Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 3.00)
SV – Wilton Lopez (5)

HOUSTON — Throwing strikes killed the Phillies bullpen and their seven-game winning streak.

Phillippe Aumont and Jake Diekman looked bad in the 8th inning and Jed Lowries two-out, two-run double was the result of that. The double gave Houston a 5-4 lead en route to a 6-4 win over the Phillies Thursday night, snapping a seven-game winning streak.

After walking the tying run and hitting the go-ahead run in the 8th, Charlie Manuel pulled a gassed Aumont from his fifth appearance in five days. Diekman followed up by surrendering a two-run double to Jed Lowrie and RBI single by Brandon Barmes to make it a 6-4 game.

Erik Kratz got the Phillies offense going in the 2nd inning with his RBI double.

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Injury Update: Polanco, Ruiz, Worley

POLANCO’S SEASON DONE — The 2012 season has come to a close for third baseman Placido Polanco.

The Phillies put Polanco on the 15-day DL with back inflammation, but with it being in September it is easy to think he will stay there for the remainder of the season. This will enable Kevin Frandsen to play every day until the season ends.

Polanco did say he hopes to play again next season. He has an option for $5 million with the Phillies next season, but a $1 million buyout that Ruben Amaro is likely to use.

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Kratz, Utley Homers Sets Early Tone in Phillies Win

Phillies 6, Reds 2
WP – Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87)
LP – Mike Leake (7-9, 4.23)

CINCINNATI — Getting to Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake early and often was the goal for Philadelphia.

They did so in the 2nd inning. After a Domonic Brown RBI single, Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer that blew the game open 4-0.

An inning later, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer off Leake to give the Phillies and Roy Halladay a 6-0 lead. It chased Leake from the game in the 3rd inning.

Halladay cruised through 7 1/3 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He earned his ninth win of the season and lowed his ERA to 3.87.

2B: Mayberry (20). HR: Kratz (9), Utley (10).

Boxscore.

Phillis Epically Collapse In 9th

Braves 8, Phillies 7
WP – Peter Moylan (1-0, 0.00)
LP – Jonathan Papelbon (3-6, 3.02)

ATLANTA — Words still can’t describe what happened to the Phillies Sunday evening.

In a season filled with lows and late-inning collapses, the lowest point hit Sunday. The Phillies bullpen coughed up a four-run lead in the 9th inning, ultimately surrendering a game to the Braves in epic melt down fashion.

Possibly a bad idea, Jeremy Horst started the 9th after pitching an inning and a third. Holding a 7-3 lead, he gave up a one-out walk and single before being lifted for Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon quickly struck out Lyle Overbay for the second out, but walked Michael Bourn to load the bases.

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Kratz Ties It and Mayberry Ends In It Comeback Win

Phillies 8, Braves 5
WP – Josh Lindblom (3-3, 3.58)
LP – Christhian Martinez (5-4, 4.39)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (31)

ATLANTA — Erik Kratz may have won the backup catcher spot for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old catcher, getting plenty of time during Carlos Ruiz’s injury, hit a towering home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game up, 5-5. The homer was Craig Kimbrel’s third blown save of the season.

One inning later, John Mayberry hit a three-run homer to left field to put the Phillies ahead 8-5 and Jonathan Papelbon nailed the door shut in the win. It was Papelbon’s 31st save of the season and 250th in his career.

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Phillies Place Schneider On DL; Select Lerud from Reading

PHILADELPHIA — The chances of Brian Schnieder returning next year are growing slimmer.

The Phillies placed the 35-year-old backup catcher on the DL today with a strained hamstring. To fill his spot, they called up catcher Steven Lerud from Reading.

Sebastian Valle was in AAA but the Phillies didn’t want to call him up because it was too soon and they didn’t want to deplete Lehigh any further.

Lerud is batting .235 in AA as the backup to Valle and now Tommy Joseph.

With Erik Kratz’s fine season, he will be the top candidate to be the backup catcher next year for Carlos Ruiz.

Yayberry: Mayberry Jr Walks It Off In the 11th

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr. hits a walk-off RBI single to left field in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Reds in 11 innings. (Photo by John Russo)

By Chris Bengel and John Russo

Phillies 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)
WP – Raul Valdes (3-2, 3.14)
LP – Alfredo Simon (2-2, 2.49)

PHILADELPHIA — Three times were a charm for the Phillies.

After failing to bring home the winning run in the 9th and 10th innings with runners in scoring positon, the Phillies sealed the deal in the 11th inning. With the bases loaded, John Mayberry Jr. hit a grounder in the gap between short stop and third to win the game for the Phillies, 4-3.

The RBI single finished off four unanswered runs that enabled the Phillies to  make the come-from-behind win.

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Mayberry, Howard Lead Phillies In Offensive Outburst

Phillies 12, Reds 5
WP – Roy Halladay (7-7, 3.95)
LP – Mike Leake (5-8, 4.59)

PHILADELPHIA — On a day where Roy Halladay didn’t have his best stuff, the offense provided him with enough so he didn’t have to be.

Big days by John Mayberry and Ryan Howard fueled a 12-5 romp of the Reds in Philadelphia, a strong open to a four-game set with the best team in the National League.

The 5th inning provided to be brutal for both starting pitchers. With the Phillies up 3-2, Halladay was tapped for a big three spot in the 5th inning.

Chris Heisey smacked an RBI double to tie the game up 3-3. After Jay Bruce’s RBI single made it 4-3, Bruce got himself caught in a run down to enable Brandon Phillips to score from third and give Cincinnati a 5-3 lead.

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