Phils capitalize on Jays' errors, roll to win

Phils capitalize on Jays' errors, roll to win

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- New Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two, but the Phillies rolled to a 10-3 victory in Toronto's Grapefruit League home opener at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Sunday.

The Phillies were able to take advantage of some uncertain Toronto defense to score three unearned runs in the second inning and never trailed after that.

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Hellickson hoping Phils can surprise people

Likely Opening Day starter expects rotation to improve

Hellickson hoping Phils can surprise people

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jeremy Hellickson has handled the incessant questions about his future better than almost anybody.

He handled them remarkably well last year as the non-waiver Trade Deadline approached. He tackled them again late last season as free agency approached. He is almost certain to face them again this season after he accepted the Phillies' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer in November.

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Adjustments recapture Williams' swing

With Stairs' help, rookie climbing back into prospect status

Adjustments recapture Williams' swing

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Every story this early in Spring Training comes with the caveat that it is early in Spring Training.

But Phillies prospect Nick Williams has experienced some success after considerable changes to his swing. He went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and one walk in Sunday's 10-3 victory over the Blue Jays in a Grapefruit League game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. He singled Friday in his only plate appearance against the Yankees.

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Prospect Pivetta thrilled to meet hero Halladay

Growing up in Canada, young Phils righty followed former ace's career

Prospect Pivetta thrilled to meet hero Halladay

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- So Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta had a solid weekend.

He pitched two scoreless innings Friday afternoon against the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game in Tampa, then met boyhood hero Roy Halladay on Saturday night at the 44th annual Clearwater For Youth celebrity banquet at the Sheraton Sand Key.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stassi makes case as Phils spring to walk-off

Stassi makes case as Phils spring to walk-off

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies first baseman Brock Stassi is making his case to make the Opening Day roster.

He hit a walk-off single to center field in the ninth inning in Saturday afternoon's 6-5 victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field. After Rhys Hoskins' one-out double to left field, pinch-runner Roman Quinn had no trouble scoring on the single from Stassi, who homered Friday against the Yankees.

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9 Oscar-nominated movies we wish were about baseball

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9 Oscar-nominated movies we wish were about baseball

It's always fun to speculate about which films will win Academy Awards, but today we're going to indulge in an entirely different set of speculations. What if we lived in an alternate universe where all of the nominated movies were baseball-themed? Sounds pretty great, right? Lucky for you, we've chosen some possible winners from that different and better reality.

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Franco caps 2-HR day with inside-the-parker

3rd baseman shows off speed, power in Grapefruit game vs. Yanks

Franco caps 2-HR day with inside-the-parker

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Maikel Franco is known for his power, not his speed.

He still is, even after he hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning of Saturday's 6-5 walk-off victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field.

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Phils impressed with Hoskins' power, approach

Club's No. 13 prospect homers, hits key double in Grapefruit game vs. Yankees

Phils impressed with Hoskins' power, approach

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had seen Rhys Hoskins' numbers last season in Double-A Reading. He had heard he had a good idea at the plate, too.

"That's what it looks like," Mackanin said after Saturday's 6-5 walk-off victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field.

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Morgan 'more than willing' to help where needed

Lefty notches 2 scoreless innings in spring start, but OK with bullpen role

Morgan 'more than willing' to help where needed

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan opened Spring Training as a starter, but it is clear his best path to the Opening Day roster is in the bullpen.

He said he is fine with that.

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Asher's expanding repertoire has room for cutter

Asher's expanding repertoire has room for cutter

TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Alec Asher incorporated a two-seam fastball into his repertoire with tremendous success last season.

Perhaps a new cutter can be similarly effective.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rising Phils arms duel with Yanks in spring opener

Rising Phils arms duel with Yanks in spring opener

TAMPA, Fla. -- Didi Gregorius hit the first home run of Spring Training 2017, and Aaron Judge added a majestic drive as the Yankees denied the Phillies, 9-4, on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in each team's Grapefruit League season opener.

Gregorius followed up a career-high 20 homers last season by going deep on the first pitch he saw from Phillies starter Alec Asher, a solo drive to right-center field. Judge hit a titanic solo shot in the fifth inning off Elniery Garcia, denting the scoreboard in left field.

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Many tweaks yield swing Cozens believes in

Many tweaks yield swing Cozens believes in

TAMPA, Fla. -- Matt Stairs has said very little this spring to Dylan Cozens.

"Why would I?" Stairs said.

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Competition aside, Stassi, Perkins see path to Philly

Competition aside, Stassi, Perkins see path to Philly

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Phillies have a nice problem on their hands.

They rebuilt their farm system, developing a glut of talented position players in the upper levels. The Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster could include many of the organization's top prospects in 2017, including first baseman Rhys Hoskins and outfielders Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils' Kingery appreciates road to big league camp

Phils' Kingery appreciates road to big league camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Life could have been completely different had Scott Kingery not had so much faith in himself.

"Every time I think about it, it's pretty crazy," he said.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mackanin: Alfaro has potential to be 'monster'

Mackanin: Alfaro has potential to be 'monster'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jorge Alfaro showed why scouts love him Thursday afternoon at Spectrum Field.

Alfaro ripped a ball into the wind, doubling off the right-center-field wall in the fourth inning of a 6-0 victory over the University of Tampa, the Phillies' final day before they play the Yankees in Friday's Grapefruit League opener in Tampa, Fla.. He also threw out a basestealer by several feet in the fourth.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kendrick's veteran presence helping young Phils

After being acquired from Dodgers in offseason, 33-year-old hopes Philly's youth can learn from him

Kendrick's veteran presence helping young Phils

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies traded for Howie Kendrick in the offseason to add some punch to a lineup that finished last in baseball in runs scored last year. How much he ultimately contributes on the field won't be determined until the regular season.

But general manager Matt Klentak also sent Darin Ruf and Darnell Sweeney to the Dodgers for the versatile 33-year-old because he wanted an experienced hitter who the younger players could observe, emulate and learn from. And that part of the equation already appears to be a success.

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Rose officially on Phillies Wall of Fame ballot

All-time hits leader helped Philadelphia win 1980 World Series title

Rose officially on Phillies Wall of Fame ballot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Expect to see Pete Rose at Citizens Bank Park this summer.

Phillies president Andy MacPhail said Rose will be on the Phillies' Wall of Fame ballot this year. Fans will vote online for five finalists from a 10-man group that also includes Steve Bedrosian, Scott Rolen, Placido Polanco and Manny Trillo. A selection committee then will select the 2017 honoree. Major League Baseball recently approved the Phils' request to honor Rose, who remains ineligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a result of betting on baseball.

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Phils think data points to Benoit resurgence

Newly acquired reliever healthy, could be in the mix for saves in '17

Phils think data points to Benoit resurgence

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- When the Phillies signed free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract in December, a logical -- if indelicate -- question was immediately posed.

How could the team be sure it was getting the right-hander who had posted an 0.38 ERA in 25 games for the Blue Jays, and not the one who opened the season with a 5.18 ERA in 26 appearances for the Mariners?

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Phillies making organizational upgrades

President Andy MacPhail leading efforts to modernize operations

Phillies making organizational upgrades

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have been making changes to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and to Spectrum Field in Clearwater, but on Monday, Phillies president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail outlined other changes happening inside the organization and expanded on the philosophies behind them.

Understandably, most of the focus is on baseball, but there are business operations to consider as well.

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Breaking down the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects

Crawford heads Philadelphia's list for third straight season

Breaking down the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects

Back at the Trade Deadline in 2015, the Phillies realized it was time to turn things over and hit the rebuild button. That's when Cole Hamels was dealt to the Rangers for five Minor Leaguers, four of whom were on the Phils' Top 30 list at this time last year. Ken Giles went to the Astros in that offseason, bringing in more young talent.

Having a highly-regarded system is all well and good, but the whole purpose of a rebuilding effort is to be able to take that talent and give the big league club players who can contribute to a winning team. That's an ongoing effort, with moderate gains in 2016, but several of the players from those trades graduated off the Top 30 and into Major League roles.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sweet springtime: Phils keep it lively at camp

Sweet springtime: Phils keep it lively at camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and other music served as the Phillies' soundtrack to Monday's workout at Carpenter Complex.

It's baseball -- why not?

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Hellickson likely to be Opening Day starter

Hellickson likely to be Opening Day starter

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's not official, but expect Jeremy Hellickson to be the Phillies' Opening Day starter.

Hellickson opened for the Phillies last year.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MacPhail endorses Phils facility's fresh look

Phillies president preaches 'staying current' for fans as well as players

MacPhail endorses Phils facility's fresh look

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Spectrum Field has had a different look and feel this spring.

Sure, it is the first Spring Training without a single player from the 2008 World Series championship team. But there have been physical changes to the exterior and interior of the ballpark and Carpenter Complex, too.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lidge on Phils' arms: 'They've got the talent'

Former closer returns for second stint as Spring Training guest instructor

Lidge on Phils' arms: 'They've got the talent'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Brad Lidge still looks like he could pitch for the Phillies.

But on Sunday, he finished his second turn as a guest instructor at Phillies camp. He first worked as a guest instructor in 2014, but that felt a little different, with former teammates like Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz and Cliff Lee still on the roster. This time, he saw a lot of young pitchers and a lot of new faces.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen

Asher, Morgan among 12 candidates for MLB, Triple-A rotation spots

Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Alec Asher can do the math. The Phillies have 12 starters that could open the season in the big leagues or Triple-A.

Twelve starters, 10 jobs.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coghlan anticipating 'new chapter' as Phillie

Following World Series win with Cubs, outfielder looking for more playing time

Coghlan anticipating 'new chapter' as Phillie

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- How does Chris Coghlan follow one of the greatest seasons in baseball history and possibly the greatest World Series ever? He starts from scratch, and he signs a Minor League contract with the Phillies.

"I want to be part of something bigger than me," Coghlan said Saturday morning in front of his locker at Spectrum Field.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.