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AAA Recap: IronPigs 4, Bisons 3 (Tuesday Night)

TTB Staffer Chris Bengel was in attendance for a AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons (NY Mets) and recapped the game.

IronPigs SP Tom Cochran. (Douglas Kilpatrick / LHV The Morning Call)

The IronPigs came away with a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Domonic Brown was one of the guys I was most intrigued to see. Obviously, Brown wasn’t expected to make the Phillies roster and the team wanted to see him get more seasoning at Lehigh Valley.

Brown was impressive against the Buffalo Bisons as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In his first at-bat, Brown was patient. He waited for his pitch and delivered a single into left field.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown was up again with a chance to bring Scott Podsednik home. Brown did the job as he skyed a pitch to left field to give the IronPigs a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.

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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: 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.

Phils split their squads again

PHILLIES 6, TAMPA BAY 6 — Michael Scwimer pitched the 8th and 9th innings, blowing a two-run lead to the Rays in the 9th to end the game in a tie.

Joel Pineiro got the start, going two innings in the outing. He gave up a run on two hits and is most likely not making the Phils as a starter if he’s only pitching two innings this late in March.

On offense, Ty Wigginton doubled and Hector Luna had a pair of hits.

Scott Elarton was less than good in his second stint of the spring. After sitting down 12 straight a few days ago, he gave up three runs on four hits in only two innings of work.

Domonic Brown was scratched from this start at DH today with a stiff neck.

PHILLIES 6, ATLANTA 4 — Joe Blanton gave up three runs on four hits while striking out four in five innings. He have up a solo home run to Matt Diaz in the 2nd.

Jim Thome and Placido Polanco each had a pair of hits and a run batted in.

The Phils broke a 4-4 tie in the 7th when Scott Podsednik and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 6-4.

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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Phils add veteran Podsednik

In a move to bolster the veteran depth within the organization, the Phillies signed veteran outfielder Scott Podsednik to a minor league deal.

Podsednik, 35, will play with AAA Lehigh Valley.

Podsednik was a former stolen base champion in 2004 with 70 when with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his 10 seasons, Podsednik had also played for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Last season, Podsednik hit .297 with six homers and 51 RBIs for the Royals and Dodgers.

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