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Utley homers twice in win vs. Twins

Utley homers twice in win vs. Twins

at Clearwater, Fla.
Sunday, March 25

Phillies at the plate: Jimmy Rollins, who had a double in the first inning, started a two-out rally with a single to left in the third inning. Shane Victorino followed with a single before Chase Utley hit his fifth homer of the spring off Twins starter Ramon Ortiz, putting the Phillies ahead, 3-2. Utley became the first Phillie with a multihomer game when he smacked a solo shot to left in the fifth off Ortiz for his sixth home run of Spring Training. Ryan Howard ended an 0-for-17 slump when he followed Utley's solo homer with a single to center, chasing Ortiz from the game. Howard came around to score three batters later, after advancing to third on a single by Greg Dobbs and then crossing the plate as a part of a five-run inning.

Twins at the plate: In the second inning, Rondell White crushed an 0-2 offering from Phillies starter Cole Hamels into Philadelphia's bullpen in left field to give the visitors an early 1-0 lead. Luis Castillo hit a solo homer off Hamels over the left-field wall in the third inning.

Phillies on the mound: Hamels, who entered the game with an 0-2 record and a 7.00 ERA this spring, looked sharp in the first inning, retiring the side in order with a flyout and two strikeouts. In the second and third innings, though, the 23-year-old left-hander gave up solo homers to White and Castillo. Hamels settled down after that and finished strong, giving up two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Twins on the mound: Ortiz, who is battling for the No. 3 spot in the rotation, looked strong early on, striking out four of the first nine batters he faced before allowing three runs in the third and one in the fourth.

Grapefruit League records: Phillies 9-15-2; Twins 11-14.

Coming up: The Phillies visit the Yankees on Monday for their fourth and last meeting of the 2007 Grapefruit League schedule. Phillies right-hander Zack Segovia will make his second start and his fourth appearance of Spring Training in the 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Legends Field in Tampa. Segovia, who is battling for a spot in the bullpen, looked sharp against the Yankees when he faced them on Tuesday, allowing one run on five hits over five innings.

Twins right-hander Sidney Ponson, who has a 2-1 record with a 6.30 spring ERA, is slated to start his fourth spring game when the Twins host his former team, the Orioles, at 1:05 p.m. on Monday.

Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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