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Blanton Shuts Out Braves

Phillies SP Joe Blanton threw his first complete game shut out in nearly five years. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

28 runs were scored between the Phillies and Braves last night. This afternoon: Only four.

All four runs belonged to the Phillies, who backed Joe Blanton’s best pitching performance of the season as the Phillies won, 4-0. They took two of three games from the Braves, gaining ground in the standings as they prepare themselves for their first series against the Nationals of the season.

Blanton threw only 88 pitches for his first complete game since July 3, 2007 and his first shut out since June 2, 2007. He allowed only three hits, striking out six.

Six of the nine innings Blanton pitched were 1-2-3 innings.

The Phils scored right away in the first inning, playing some more small ball. Jimmy Rollins led off with a bloop single and Juan Pierre bunted his way on. Rollins then advanced to third on a Shane Victorino fly out and scored on a sacrifice fly from Hunter Pence for a quick 1-0 lead.

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Polanco’s Two-Run Double Wins It in 8th

Phillies RF Hunter Pence hits an RBI single in the 1st inning. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Late inning heroics: these are the Phillies of old that everyone has missed.

A two-run double by Placido Polanco in the 8th inning gave the Phils a 6-4 win over the Cubs.

Juan Pierre, pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot, was hit by a pitch. He got to third on a Jimmy Rollins single that saw the Phillies short stop working the count and easily having one of the best at-bats for the Phillies this season.

Vance Worley was fantastic once again, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Phillies to within one game of .500. Worley allowed only one run on five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Worley didn’t allow a run until the 7th inning when he got Geovany Soto to ground into a double play and allowed a run to score. In the last 22 innings Worley has pitched he’s allowed only two runs.

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Phils Win On 4th-Inning Bombs

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates with 3B Ty Wigginton after Nix's two-run homer in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The five-run 9th inning of Tuesday’s 9-5 loss to the Diamondbacks may have sparked the offense.

Feeding off the meaningless outburst, the Phillies powered their way past Arizona with three home runs, winning 8-5 and snapping a three-game losing streak.

It all started with Hunter Pence, who many thought wouldn’t have even been in tonight’s line up.┬áLess than 12 hours after having an MRI on his shoulder after sitting out yesterday’s game, he was in the line up.

Pence quieted any of the doubters he should be playing, ripping a two-run homer in the 4th inning that sparked a four-run inning..

Two batters later, Laynce Nix hit a two-run shot of his own to give the Phils a 4-0 cushion.

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Phillies Embarrassed in Arizona

D'Backs OF Justin Upton circles the bases after homering in the 4th inning. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

This young Phillies season has reached a new low.

In a game that was missing both Cliff Lee and Hunter Pence to injuries, the Phillies dropped the series opener to the Diamondbacks, 9-5.

Arizona got the Kyle Kendrick early and often, tapping into the spot starter for seven runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings. In the mean time, spot starter Wade Miley pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits (doubles to Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry).

All but one of the starters in the Diamondbacks’ line up, including Miley, had a hit.

The Phillies almost scored their first run in the 8th. Pete Orr hit a two-out double to right field but was gunned out at the plate on the following single by Juan Pierre.

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Phils Beat Up Lincecum Early In Win

Giants starter Tim Lincecum sits in the dugout during the Phillies 5-2 win. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

On a crisp evening in the Bay Area, the Philadelphia Phillies brought their bats in their series opener against the San Francisco Giants.

Opposing pitcher Tim Lincecum came into tonight’s matchup opposite Roy Halladay with an 0-1 record and an 12.91 earned run average. The two time Cy-Young award winner’s early season woes continued as the Phillies used an aggressive first inning approach in their 5-2 victory over the Giants.

The Phillies tapped Lincecum for five runs on eight hits and a walk through six innings. It was the first time all season Lincecum went as far as the 6th inning but he still hasn’t given up fewer than five runs in a start.

After a one-out Placido Polanco double and Jimmy Rollins walk, Hunter Pence hit a line drive single to center to draw first blood. Shane Victorino and Laynce Nix would bring in the next three runs on a single and double respectively.

Collective groans could be heard in AT&T park, as Giants fans were seeing yet another slow Lincecum start where he failed to locate his fastball.

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Phils Work Late-Inning Magic to Prevent Sweep

Phillies 1B Laynce Nix celebrates after his go-ahead double in the 7th. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

All Philadelphia had to do was finish the scoring chances they put up against Mike Pelfrey.

Instead, they waited for the Mets to pull their starter to get the ball rolling. With a 2-1 lead the Mets turned to their bull pen in the 7th inning, regretting the move deeply as it cost them a shot at sweeping the Phillies on the road.

The Phils out up seven runs in their final two innings, beating the Mets 8-2 behind the bat of Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton tied the game up, 2-2, with his sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the 7th. As he skied a deep fly to right field, Jimmy Rollins, who was standing on third, pumped his fist before tagging up and scoring the tying run.

Laynce Nix followed up with an RBI double to score Hunter Pence, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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Worley strikes out 8; Thome plays 1B

Vance Worley was hittable last week. Today, not so much.

In fact, Worley was unhittable against the Pirates. The SoCal righty pitched four perfect innings, striking out eight on the day in the Phillies 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.

If Worley wasn’t on a pitch count he would have most likely kept going. After giving up two runs on five hits and a walk in his start last week, Worley made a complete 180 in his second outing of the spring.

Laynce Nix left the game early with what was believed to be a hamstring issue. He was replaced by Hector Luna, who broke a scoreless tie in the 4th with a solo home run, his second of the spring.

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Pierre, Podsednik highlight this spring’s battles

Phillies Domonic Brown, right, steals second base vs. Florida State. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Even championship-caliber teams have position battles during Spring Training. With a good idea of who the 25 men making the Opening Day roster, a few position and roster battles loom heading into this season.

With a place on the team is set, John Mayberry, Laynce Nix and Ty Wigginton are all battling it out for the first base and left field openings left by now-Yankee Raul Ibanez and injured Ryan Howard.

Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Joel Pineiro are looking to win the fifth starter’s spot of the rotation. Even Domonic Brown is hoping he can impress the Phillies this spring in hopes to skip a trip to Lehigh Valley at the end of March.

Lastly, and possibly the most interesting battle this spring belongs to who the Phillies 25th man will be. With Ben Francisco traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, a spot for an outfield bench player has been vacated.

The top two candidates for that spot are both veteran players with similar traits: Scott Podsednik and Juan Pierre.

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And the first line up for 2012 is…

Todd Zolecki: Tomorrow’s lineup vs. FSU: Rollins SS, Pierre DH, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Wigginton 3B, Brown LF, Mayberry 1B, Martinez 2B, Gosewisch C.

Every Spring Training starts out with a game between a college baseball team. Philadelphia’s is usually played against Florida State University and this year it’s no different.

That being said, it’s always interesting to see what the first line up is going to look like.

There are a few things take from that line.

First, Juan Pierre is playing in a DH role. When he was signed to a minor league deal, it was assumed that he would be used in pinch-hitting and fielding situations as well as get a few starts in center field.

He’s most likely hitting DH tomorrow to give Domonic Brown innings in left field.

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