Hamels looks ready for opener

Ace allows two hits in five scoreless innings vs. Blue Jays

Hamels looks ready for opener

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Cole Hamels looks ready for Opening Day.

He allowed two hits, three walks and struck out four in five scoreless innings in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Auto Exchange Stadium. He allowed his first hit to open the fifth inning. He then allowed a two-out triple to Blue Jays center fielder Dalton Pompey before striking out Jose Reyes on three pitches to end the inning.

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Ruiz, Utley support Hamels' scoreless start vs. Blue Jays

Fourth-inning hits provide offense to back lefty's strong outing in loss

Ruiz, Utley support Hamels' scoreless start vs. Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- A four-run eighth inning powered the Blue Jays to a 4-1 win over the Phillies on Thursday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

An RBI double by Ryan Goins and a three-run blast by Steve Tolleson in the bottom of the eighth provided Toronto's offense.

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Oliver, Giles struggle in loss to Blue Jays

Relievers each pitch rough 2/3 inning, look to build

Oliver, Giles struggle in loss to Blue Jays

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Andy Oliver remains a favorite to win a bullpen job, but the Rule 5 Draft pick has struggled in his last two Grapefruit League appearances.

He walked four batters in just 2/3 inning Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. He allowed three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings Sunday against the Red Sox.

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Hollands exploring options, but elbow surgery likely

Phillies reliever weighing rest and PRP for torn common flexor tendon

Hollands exploring options, but elbow surgery likely

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mario Hollands has a firm grip on reality, but he still has a sliver of hope he will avoid surgery on his left elbow.

Hollands has a torn common flexor tendon, which is the same injury that is likely to end Cliff Lee's career. Hollands visited Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti this week in Philadelphia to discuss his recent MRI results. Surgery has been recommended because Hollands' first attempt at rehab failed -- the injury first surfaced in September, which ended his 2014 season -- but he has two other options: rest and PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) injection.

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Billingsley feels good in two-inning Minors outing

Billingsley feels good in two-inning Minors outing

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- This is just another small step for Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, but he is encouraged.

He pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex. Billingsley, 30, allowed two hits. He faced seven hitters and got five ground balls.

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Oblique strain shelves prospect Crawford 4-6 weeks

Oblique strain shelves prospect Crawford 4-6 weeks

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It is not a crippling blow, but top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford suffered a setback nonetheless this week.

Crawford strained his left oblique, which the Phils said could sideline him four to six weeks.

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Phils scratch Asche with balky back

Phils scratch Asche with balky back

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies scratched Cody Asche from Thursday's lineup because of tightness in his back.

The team said he felt something during team stretch.

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Phillies acquire Lohman from Reds

Phillies acquire Lohman from Reds

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies announced Thursday they have acquired shortstop Devin Lohman from the Reds for future considerations.

He will report to Minor League camp.

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Howard notches RBI, but other bats stay silent

Gonzalez doesn't help rotation bid with rocky outing vs. Astros

Howard notches RBI, but other bats stay silent

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa powered the Astros to a 7-1 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday at Bright House Field.

Correa, who is the Astros' top prospect, doubled to score a run in the second inning and hit a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning against Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who is competing for the fifth spot in Philadelphia's rotation.

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Gonzalez still up for rotation spot despite rough start

Gonzalez still up for rotation spot despite rough start

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is running out of time, but fortunately for him, the Phillies' fifth-starter options are limited.

It might be the only reason Gonzalez remains a candidate to make the club's rotation, if he remains a serious one at all. Gonzalez allowed eight hits, four runs and two home runs in four innings Wednesday in a 7-1 loss to the Astros at Bright House Field.

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Rupp putting up big numbers to be Ruiz's backup

Rupp putting up big numbers to be Ruiz's backup

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cameron Rupp should be a cinch to be Carlos Ruiz's backup on the Opening Day roster.

The Phillies have not announced anything with the opener 12 days away, but Rupp is hitting .391 (9-for-23) with five doubles and three RBIs in 11 Grapefruit League games. He doubled in the fifth inning in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Astros at Bright House Field.

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The Vet comes back to life on The Goldbergs

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The Vet comes back to life on The Goldbergs

There are some things from our childhoods that we know we'll never be able to do again, like drink Surge or rent VHS tapes. But thanks to ABC's "The Goldbergs," we can revisit one thing we thought was gone forever: The Vet.

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Gomez enhances chance to win bullpen role

Gomez enhances chance to win bullpen role

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies entered Spring Training with plenty of candidates for three bullpen vacancies.

Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez might have received the least amount of attention, but he has an excellent chance to make the team with Opening Day just 12 days away. Gomez, who posted a 3.28 ERA in 78 appearances the past two seasons with Pittsburgh, allowed one hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings Wednesday in a 7-1 loss to the Astros at Bright House Field. He has a 1.04 ERA in seven Grapefruit League appearances, allowing nine hits, one run, one walk and striking out four in 8 2/3 innings.

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Sandberg: Slowey needs to mix up his pitches

Sandberg: Slowey needs to mix up his pitches

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If the season started Wednesday, Kevin Slowey's numbers might make him the Phillies' No. 5 starter.

But at this point, nobody is a safe bet to win the job.

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Utley helps Halladay teach youth baseball

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Utley helps Halladay teach youth baseball

It's safe to say that Roy Halladay is enjoying retirement. The eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award-winner has been spending his down time trolling fans wearing his shirsey, going to the zoo with the guy who runs a blog about going to the zoo with Roy Halladay and coaching his son's baseball team.

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Galvis hopes heavier bat will translate into more hits

Galvis hopes heavier bat will translate into more hits

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Freddy Galvis needs to display more offense than he has shown during Spring Training and in his 550 plate appearances with the Phillies.

The Phillies hope a bigger bat will help.

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Phils' power backs prospect's strong start

Howard, Ruf homer back-to-back; Severino tosses three scoreless frames

Phils' power backs prospect's strong start

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf damaged Mike Foltynewicz's rotation bid with back-to-back third-inning home runs, and Brian Bogusevic delivered a decisive eighth-inning sacrifice fly for the Phillies in Tuesday afternoon's 5-3 win over the Braves at Champion Stadium.

Howard's third home run of the Grapefruit League season highlighted the Phillies' offensive charge, after they struck first with Bogusevic's second-inning RBI single. The Braves remained scoreless until Andrelton Simmons highlighted a game-tying, three-run seventh with a two-run homer off Paul Clemens.

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Another homer shows Ruf heating up

Another homer shows Ruf heating up

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Phillies outfielder Darin Ruf had a slow start to spring, but he remains in good shape to make the Opening Day roster.

The Phillies need right-handed bats, preferably with power. Ruf fits that description, and in Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the Braves at Champion Stadium, he went 3-for-5 with one double, one home run and one RBI. He also scored the go-ahead run in the eighth.

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Brown's Opening Day status in question

Phillies right fielder recovering from tendinitis in left Achilles

Brown's Opening Day status in question

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown has just 13 days to get himself ready for Opening Day.

He cannot say if he will make it, but he said the tendinitis in his left Achilles has improved in the past couple days. Brown left Thursday's Grapefruit League game in the third inning because the Achilles bothered him.

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Sitcom recreates The Vet for special Phillies episodes

'The Goldbergs' creator remembers colorful trips to stadium with family in '80s

Sitcom recreates The Vet for special Phillies episodes

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Veterans Stadium could be an intimidating place for opposing teams and opposing fans.

It could be scarring for young Phillies fans, too.

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Gonzalez sharp in first outing with Phils

Prospect, eyeing callup this year, tosses three scoreless innings vs. Braves

Gonzalez sharp in first outing with Phils

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Phillies prospect Severino Gonzalez is listed at 6-foot-1 and 153 pounds. He is so unassuming, he looked like the bat boy as he carried a couple bats and a batting helmet toward the visitors' clubhouse Tuesday at Champion Stadium.

But Gonzalez, 22, had just pitched three scoreless innings in a 5-3 victory over the Braves.

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Harang comes through Minors start with no setbacks

Righty has been scratched twice this spring due to lower back discomfort

Harang comes through Minors start with no setbacks

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Aaron Harang remained on schedule to start the second game of the regular season against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park, if that's what the Phillies decide, after pitching five innings against a Pirates Class A lineup on Tuesday at the Carpenter Complex.

Harang, who has had scheduled starts pushed back twice this spring because of lower back discomfort, allowed three runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 74 pitches, 54 for strikes, and then he went to the bullpen at Ashburn Field and threw seven more pitches. Most importantly, he said he experienced no physical problems.

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With hot spring, Phelps emerging as bench candidate

Non-roster invitee capable of playing infield and outfield positions

With hot spring, Phelps emerging as bench candidate

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It is pretty clear that Cord Phelps has made a favorable impression on Phillies coaches this spring.

Phelps, who is a non-roster invitee, hit third for the Phillies in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Braves at Champion Field. In 13 games, he is hitting .303 (10-for-33) with one double, one home run, five RBIs, seven walks, six strikeouts and an .849 OPS. Phelps has emerged as a legitimate candidate to make the Phillies' bench as a utility player with Opening Day only 13 days away, although he might have to beat out Cesar Hernandez.

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Recovering Billingsley set to pitch in Minors game

After clearing milestone, right-hander could see Grapefruit League action

Recovering Billingsley set to pitch in Minors game

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley hopes to clear another hurdle in his recovery Thursday.

He is scheduled to pitch a Minor League game at Carpenter Complex. Billingsley, 30, is recovering from a pair of right elbow surgeries, which have limited him to just 12 innings in the big leagues over the previous two seasons.

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Sandberg, Molitor make history in head-to-head matchup

Hall of Fame players managing against each other believed to be MLB first

Sandberg, Molitor make history in head-to-head matchup

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Maybe one day it will happen in the regular season, when the results truly matter.

But Monday's Grapefruit League game between the Phillies and Twins at Bright House Field was believed to be a first in Major League Baseball history. It was the first time two current Hall of Fame players managed against each other. Twins manager Paul Molitor was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg was inducted in '05.

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Asche keeps homers coming, backs Buchanan's strong outing

Third baseman's two-run blast adds to righty's scoreless five innings

Asche keeps homers coming, backs Buchanan's strong outing

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies third baseman Cody Asche hit his third home run in five days in Monday's 3-0 victory over the Twins at Bright House Field.

Asche will be the team's Opening Day third baseman as the organization hopes to see him take a step forward from 2014, when he hit .252 with 25 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 397 at-bats.

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Improving Buchanan excited about playing critical role

Improving Buchanan excited about playing critical role

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- David Buchanan surprised almost everybody in Phillies camp last spring.

But he will leave camp this spring as a critical piece to the Phillies' rotation, especially with Cliff Lee almost certainly lost for the season with a torn tendon in his left elbow. Buchanan allowed two hits and struck out three in five scoreless innings Monday in a 3-0 victory over the Twins at Bright House Field.

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