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Spring Training: Phillies 7, Braves 7

Spring Training play has finally concluded for the Phillies, who head back home today.

Finishing with a 12-16 record (who’s really keeping track anyway?), the Phils tied with division rival Atlanta, 7-7, today.

Cliff Lee got the start, allowing a run on five hits and a walk while striking out one in four innings.

Joe Savery pitched two innings of one-run ball, including loading the bases in the 5th and getting out without any harm done.

Carlos Ruiz finished up his spring hitting .500 (22-44) with seven doubles, two homers, nine RBIs and striking out only once. He was 1-for-3 on the day.

The Phils will host the Pirates for a two-game “On Deck Series” before they head out to Pittsburgh for their regular season Opening Day series.

Spring Training: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5

2B Hector Luna, playing for a spot on the roster, makes a play in the infield. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

John Mayberry Jr was in a terrible slump heading into the final weekend of Grapefruit League play.

That’s why a big weight was lifted off his shoulders in the 7th inning when he snapped a 19-at-bat hitless streak in the Phillies 8-5 loss. It was his only hit in his three at-bats, lifing his spring average .192.

Roy Halladay made his final start before Opening Day on Thursday but lasted only two innings and 45 pitches before a rain delay. He allowed two runs on three hits, including a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion in the 2nd inning.

Hector Luna, playing second base and for a shot to crack the Opening Day roster, went 2-for-3 to lift his spring average to .327.

Hamels dazzles against Rays

Amidst all the contract talks, Cole Hamels still goes out and makes it look easy.

Hamels looks like he’s in midseason form as he tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball in the Phillies 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays today. He only gave up three hits and struck out seven. His only blemish was a solo home run to Evan Longoria.

Brian Schneider hit a solo home run and Hector Luna had an RBI single.

The Phillies also announced after the game, that outfielder Juan Pierre has been added to the 40-man roster and made the team.

Pierre went 2-for-2 today to bring his spring average to 313.

They also said that Scott Podsednik could still make the Opening Day roster but that looks less likely with Pierre making it. Lou Montanez was informed that he will begin this season in the minors. Hector Luna also remains in the mix to make the team.

Shane Victorino also had a good day at the plate as he went 2-for-4.

The relievers also were very impressive. Joe Savery tossed two scoreless innings and only gave up one hit in that span.

Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless ninth inning to bring his spring ERA to 0.90.

Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Carlos Ruiz has been hitting the cover all spring, a small positive note in an otherwise dreary spring for the Phillies.

Ruiz went 2-for-3 on the day, pumping his average up to .472 in Grapefruit League play this season. But the Phillies dropped their game, 11-7, the Twins on Wednesday.

Vance Worley got the start and was roughed up. He allowed 11 runs, five of them earned, on 11 hits through four innings. He gave up a two-run homer to Justin Morneau in the 1st and a three-run homer to Luke Hughes in a seven-run 4th that ended his day.

Another thing to consider was the outings by Raul Valdes and David Herndon, who each pitched two scoreless innings of relief. They combined to allow three hits and strike out four.

It should be interesting to see if those two make the Opening Day roster. Jose Contreras doesn’t appear to be ready and candidates Scott Elarton and Jake Diekman were sent down yesterday.

Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

First thing’s first… Cliff Lee has himself ready for the season, pitching lights out as well as getting his bat up to speed.

Lee went six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 5-4 win over the Pirates. He also doubled in his only hit of the afternoon.

The Phillies were leading 4-0 heading into the 8th inning but a poor outing by Antonio Bastardo led to four Pittsburgh runs and they tied the game up. But Scott Podsednik came to the rescue, hitting a walk-off home run in the 9th inning.

Now to the important news. Second baseman Freddy Galvis bruised his foot fouling a pitch off it in the 8th inning. The second baseman will be day-to-day with a bruised left foot.

Galvis told reporters he should be fine and could play tomorrow, though the Phillies will most likely let him rest.

Spring Training: Red Sox 6, Phillies 0

Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck and DH David Ortiz joke with former teammate and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Jon Lester has himself ready for the regular season.

Boston’s ace cruised through seven innings of two-hit balls, striking out 10 in the Red Sox’s 6-0 win over the Phillies.

Joe Blanton got the start in Clearwater. He was solid through the first four innings but for hit for another three runs in the 5th, ending his start shorter than he wanted. After a David Ortiz RBI single in the 5th, Cody Ross took Blanton deep to make it 5-0, ending his day.

Blanton allowed five runs on seven hits, striking out five. He allowed two home runs, one to Dustin Pedroia in the 1st and to Ross in the 5th. According to Matt Gelb on Twitter, Blanton said he was “good at time, horses*** at times.”

Pete Orr, Lou Montanez and Freddy Galvis were the only Phillies to get a hit.

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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: Yankees 5, Phillies 3

The Phillies offense has died this spring. That’s why sarcastic cheers were heard when John Mayberry’s bloop single in the 6th inning put the first Phillies runner across the plate since Tuesday.

The Phils dropped the game to the Yankees, 5-3.

Vance Worley got off to a rocky start but finished up the day nicely. After allowing three runs on four straight hits to start off the 1st inning, Worley cruised through the next five. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings.

Hunter Pence drew a walk with one out in the 6th. He then stole second base to set himself up for Mayberry’s RBI single.

Miguel Abreu’s RBI double in the 7th and Erik Kratz’s deep bomb to left were the only other runs scored.

Jonathan Papelbon was the only pitcher to not allow a run for the Phils, pitching a clean 9th inning with a pair of strike outs.

Spring Training: Blue Jays 2, Phillies 0

Cliff Lee looks to be in season form.

The Phillies lefty only gave up one run on five hits in six innings on Thursday afternoon in a 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He also had seven strikeouts and didn’t issue a walk.

Adam Lind had an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Carlos Ruiz has the only Phillie with more than one hit as he went 2-for-3 on the day.

Chad Qualls tossed a shutout inning while Jose Contreras gave up an unearned run in the ninth inning.

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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