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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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Phils pummel Tigers relievers

Phils SP Roy Halladay throws against the Tigers in GFL action on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Roy Halladay wasn’t given the most glamourous of line ups to pitch behind today. Thankfully, that’s a problem he will only have to encounter this spring.

Doc allowed three runs on four hits in three innings of work while striking out four. He didn’t have a problem with much of the Tigers’ line up, well except for Eric Patterson.

Then again, no one was able to stop Patterson today. Patterson hit two home runs off Halladay and finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBIs.

The Phillies trailed Detroit 4-0 until the 6th inning. That changed quickly when Carlos Ruiz ripped a three-run home run off Adam Wilk.

The Phillies took the lead for good the next inning, putting up a four-spot in the 7th. John Mayberry tied the game with an RBI double and Lou Montanez followed with an RBI single to give the Phils a 5-4 lead.

They tacked on two more with RBIs from Cesar Hernandez and Kevin Frandsen.

GFL action kicks off today vs Yankees

New York Yankees' Ivan Nova. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Real baseball is officially back today with the start of Grapefruit League Play.

For the Phillies, play will kick off against the New York Yankees. Cole Hamels will take the hill against Yankees young phenom Ivan Nova. Both pitchers will likely go only two innings at the most.

Former Phillie left fielder Raul Ibanez will be in the line up for the Yankees, hitting DH. Also, Laynce Nix’s brother Jayson Nix will start at third base today.

Notable players not playing today for either team are the Yankees’ Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira as well as Placido Polanco and Chase Utley for the Phillies.

Today’s line ups for each team:

  • NYY: Gardner LF, Granderson CF, Swisher RF, Ibanez DH, Chavez 1B, Martin C, Nunez SS, Hall 2B, Nix 3B.
  • PHI: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Pence RF, Thome DH, Wigginton 3B, Mayberry 1B, Brown LF, Kratz C, Martinez 2B.

The game will air at 1 PM on CSN Philly as well as MLB Network.

MIA’s Dobbs: “I want us to be the team to beat”; Hyatt to start vs FSU

DOBBS COMMENTS — Ex-Phillie and current Marlin bench player Greg Dobbs is confident in the new Miami Marlins team this season. In fact, he’s so confident that he now has lofty expectations for his team while taking a page out of the 2007 chapter in Jimmy Rollins’ book.

“A lot of things can happen over the course of 162 games,” Dobbs said. “I want us to be the team to beat and there isn’t any reason we cant be that team with the talent, the character and the personality of this clubhouse.”

It appears Dobbs has forgotten the fact the Phils won 102 games last season, bolstered their bench and still has by far the best rotation within the division.

The Marlins will be battling with the Nationals for third place. Neither teams is in the same class as the Atlanta Braves and none of them are in the same class as the Phillies.

HYATT TO START — Baseball-like activities are upon us. And soon, so will the nine innings of baseball fans have anxiously been waiting for since last October.

To start things off, the Phils will play Florida State University in an exhibition game on Wednesday. Austin Hyatt will lead a cast of young arms to pitch in that game.

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