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Spring Training: Phillies 4, Tigers 3

On the day Freddy Galvis was named the starting second baseman on Opening Day, he did not disappoint.

The top infield prospect for the Phillies bumped his spring average up to .282 with his two-run, game-tying triple in the 5th inning as well as scoring the go-ahead run in the Phillies 4-3 win on Monday.

The Phillies were trailing 3-0 heading into the 5th inning and they put a four-spot on the board and held on to beat the Tigers in Clearwater.

Scott Elarton got the start, allowing all three of the Tigers runs in 2 1/2 innings of work. As Opening Day is around the corner, he needs to impress someone to have a shot at cracking the roster as a reliever with Jose Contreras apparently not ready.

Joe Savery was really good in his two innings, allowing a double and striking out three.

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The Super Rotation has been hit!

The Phillies stellar rotation has been decimated greatly with the great blow they took today.

Staff ace Joe Blanton was put on the 15-day DL – that’s like three whole starts plus more – with an impingment of the right elbow. Vance Worley will start tomorrow’s game against the Mets.

Blanton has been the best pitcher on the Phils staff. He has recorded only one loss (0-1) and has a 5.92 ERA, the highest of the five. That makes 2.41 ERA look minuscule (Cy Young winner my ass).

Blanton was a heavy Cy Young candidate heading into this season. He was so good, all five of his heads graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2011 MLB season preview.

The Phillies will never be able to recover with this loss. Facing the Mets, their hated division rival and announced “team to beat” by many optimistic fans, the Phils will be lucky to steal a win if that Cliff Lee guy can pitch a quality start.