Hamels Blasted; Phils Win

It was one of those games where both teams were thankful that their pitchers are still trying to work things out in Spring Training. Both Hamels and A.J. Burnett were knocked around in their starts. The Phillies came back from a 7-5 deficit to win 9-7 over the Yankees on Monday thanks to a two-run walk-off homer by Wilson Valdez, his second walk-off hit of the Spring against the Yankees.

Hamels allowed seven runs, six earned in five innings. He walked one and allowed nine hits while striking out two. It was Hamels’ first bad outing of the spring. Burnett gave up five in the first inning alone and lasted four innings totaled.

Placido Polanco hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Ryan Howard had a pair of hits, and Ben Francisco homered in the fifth off of Phil Hughes. Catcher Dane Sardinha had a monster game where he doubled, homered, and drove in four runs. Mark Teixeira went 4-4 with a homer for the Yankees. Sardinha was in for the Carlos Ruiz, who had the flu.

Boxscore.

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Though no roster decisions were made final by Charlie Manuel, he did say that the Phillies will carry 12 pitchers and 13 players. That was expected with the Phillies having eight starters and five bench players.

“We’re still looking at guys,” Manuel said after a 9-7 victory over the Yankees at Bright House Field. “We’ve got guys here, but we’re still looking at them. We’ll continue looking at them. We don’t give away jobs. You’ve got to get them.”

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