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Martinez fractures foot

The Phillies got a bit of bad news after today’s game.

Utility infielder Michael Martinez fractured his fourth metatarsal in today’s Spring Training game against the Orioles. Orioles reliever Joe Johnson hit Martinez in the right foot.

He was seen in a walking boot after the game.

With Martinez as the Phillies top utility infielder, that means Pete Orr is going to most likely make the Opening Day roster.

Spring Training: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon faces Baltimore's Adam Jones in the 7th. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

There were doubts about Roy Halladay. Yes, doubts. Be shocked.

Well, those concerns about his velocity and inability to controls his breaking pitches last start and doubts he will be ready by Opening Day have all but vanished.

Halladay was in midseason form, commanding everything in his arsenal as well as pitching back at his usual velocity in the Phillies 4-1 win over the Orioles.

He threw 72 pitches (51 strikes) in six innings of work. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk while striking out five in the win.

Freddy Galvis had another big hit, tripling in his second straight game. His go-ahead RBI triple in the 7th was his only hit of the game.

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Phils cut nine; seeking infield help

Phillies second baseman Kevin Frandsen, left, catches a Houston Astros left fielder Carlos Lee fly ball while avoiding Freddy Galvis (13) and right fielder Tyson Gillies. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

There are less than three weeks of Spring Training left and the Phillies have started thinning out their roster.

Still a ways from 25, the Phillies have sent nine players to minor league camp, dropping their total down to 48 players left in camp.

Right-handed pitchers Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and J.C. Ramirez along with lefthander Pat Misch were reassigned to minor-league camp. As far as position players, infielders Harold Garcia and Cesar Hernandez, outfielder Tyson Gillies, and catcher Sebastian Valle were optioned to minor-league camp.
Both Bush and Hyatt are set to pitch in the starting rotation with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Hyatt could potentially be the only homegrown talent in that rotation.

Top catching prospect Vaille will go to Double-A Reading.

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Yankees sweep opening weekend series

It’s opening weekend and the standings show that the Phils are 0-2 to start Grapefruit League play.

Be it that standings don’t matter, there are positives to consider in today’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees in Tampa.

Hunter Pence crushed another two-run homer this spring in as many days, this one coming off Yankees starter Freddie Garcia. Antonio Bastardo pitched a five-pitch 1-2-3 inning in the 6th.

Roy Halladay got the start, going two innings. He allowed a first-pitch solo home run to Alex Rodriguez in the 1st. He only gave up a run on two hits, striking out three.

Domonic Brown went 2-for-4. He was caught trying to steal in the 4th inning.

Michael Martinez had a terrible game in the field, commiting two errors at second base. Ty Wigginton and Brown also committed errors at third base and left field respectively.

Phillies play the Yankees one more time on Monday back in Clearwater. Joe Blanton will get the start.

Phils trade Valdez to Reds; get reliever Horst

Photo courtesy of RedReporter.com

The Phillies made a trade today, sending utility infielder – and one time reliever – Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds for left-hander Jeremy Horst, according to Matt Gelb.

Horst, 26, had an ERA of 2.93 in 12 games of relief for the Reds last season. Those were the first 12 games of Horst’s career with the Reds.

Horst was drafted in the 21st round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Reds.

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Redemption Song: Howard’s double redeems Lee

Cliff Lee pitches nine innings of one-run ball, striking out 12 in the no-decision. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The phrasing of that title seems a bit odd: “Redeems Lee.”

There isn’t much wrong Cliff Lee could ever do to require any sort of redemption. But this is the sport of baseball and funny things happen in the sport of baseball.

Lee was one out away from his 7th shut out of the season, a thing us fans have become so accustomed to seeing every five days Lee takes the mound. But it wasn’t an ordinary day, especially with the weather.

With 8 2/3 innings of shut out ball in the books, Lee needed to get past Marlins first baseman Jose Lopez. But Lopez was having none of that fancy stuff, coming up huge during the Marlins final out and ripping a solo homer off Lee to tie the game 1-1.

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Phils complete four-game sweep of Reds

Vance Worley looked strong through six before his rough 7th but still prevailed in the Phillies 6-4 win. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

It was business as usual for the Phillies. They cruised through another mediocre team, with one minor hiccup, to sweep the Reds with a 6-4 win. It was the first time since May of 1916 that the Phils have swept a four-game series in Cincy.

Ryan Howard mashed his 30th home run of the season, guiding the Phillies to their National League leading 87-46 record. The Phillies now sit 41 games about .500, something they haven’t done in well over 30 years. They can play .500 baseball the rest of the way and still tie their franchise record 101 wins.

Vance Worley was seemingly breezing his way through the Reds order until he hit a bit of a snag in the 7th inning. He went 6-plus innings, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Six of those K’s came by way of punch-out.

Heading into 7th inning with a 6-1 lead, Worley gave up a lead-off double to Drew Stubbs and a single by Ryan Hanigan before Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit three-run homer made it a 6-4 game and chased Worley from his start.

Michael Martinez hit a two-run homer in the top of the 7th that gave the Phillies a 6-1 lead. At that moment, the homer seemed meaningless but now proved to be important in Worley notching his 10th win of the season.

2B: Pence (31). HR: Howard (30), Martinez (3).

WP: Worley (10-1). LP: Leake (11-9). S: Madson (26).

Boxscore.

Oswalt’s fastball lacks zip; gets popped hard

I frustrated Roy Oswalt reacts after giving up a 6th-inning grand slam. The homer kept Florida on top as they held onto a 6-5 win. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

The ball was leaving the bat extra hard tonight for the Marlins. That was mainly due to the lack of velocity in Roy Oswalt’s fastball.

Oswalt mixed in a lot more breaking pitchers this go-around. And when he was using his fastball, none of the batters Oswalt was facing were missing. Instead, they were inducing some long fly balls that either fell in the glove of his outfielders or hurt Oswalt in the long run.

It wasn’t until John Buck’s 6th inning grand slam that the hard-hit balls really damaged Oswalt’s outing and set the tone for the Marlins 6-5 win on Friday.

Oswalt was not on his good stuff, especially the good stuff that allowed him to pitch eight scoreless innings in his last start against Washington. Oswalt allowed six runs, five earned on 12 hits and a walk. He mustered only two strike outs. He three 108 pitches at that point too, wearing down the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a few days.

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Mets spank Kendrick; avoid sweep

It was a rough first inning for Kyle Kendrick. And unfortunately, the rest of his team couldn’t recover from the hole he put them in.

New York hit up arguably the Phillies seventh best starter for six runs in their 7-4 win to prevent a sweep.

The defense didn’t back Kendrick at all in the first inning. Michael Martinez’s botched double play attempt wound up leading to a four-run Mets inning that was capped with a three-run homer by Nick Evans.

The Phillies answered right back with a three-run inning of their own in the 2nd thanks to a couple of RBI singles. But New York tacked on a run in each of the next three innings and the Phils couldn’t overcome it.

Oddly enough for Kendrick, he wound up allowing six runs and only two earned in the loss.

2B: Utley 2 (19).

WP: Pelfrey (7-10). LP: Kendrick (7-6). S: Parnell (1).

Boxscore.

Rollins has grade 2 groin strain; goes on DL

Jimmy Rollins will land himself on the DL with a grade 2 groin strain, reported by… well, Jimmy Rollins himself.

Sorry, Matt. You're fired.

Rollins injured his groin early in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Nats. He went up the middle to make a nice stop and throw but came up limping. He walked down the tunnel to the clubhouse and never returned.

Rollins’ injury doesn’t fully cripple the Phils. In fact, it comes at a good time because Placido Polanco should be coming off the DL today. Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez will be seeing some more time at short and third for the next two weeks.

Rollins followed his tweet up with, “Gone till September………” See you then, Jimmy.

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