Galvis' bat on display against Tigers

Galvis' bat on display against Tigers

Galvis' bat on display against Tigers
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies fans walked the concourse at Bright House Field on Monday asking plenty of questions about their Opening Day second baseman. After the first inning, Tigers fans may have been wondering who would be their third baseman.

The answer for Phillies fans: It won't be Chase Utley, who left camp to get his chronic knees examined. It looks like Freddy Galvis, who has never played in the big leagues.

The Phillies played without Utley in Monday's 4-3 victory over the Tigers at Bright House Field, which has been the case since camp opened last month. Phillies right-hander Scott Elarton allowed three hits, three runs, two walks and one home run and struck out four in 2 1/3 innings.

Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera walked, stole second and scored on Don Kelly's single to center field in the first inning to give Detroit a 1-0 lead. Cabrera wasn't long for the game, however, taking a ground ball to the face in the bottom of the first inning and leaving to get stitched and have precautionary X-rays.

Brennan Boesch hit a two-run home run in the third to make it 3-0 Detroit.

Galvis tripled to right-center field off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning to score two runs to tie the game, 3-3. Jimmy Rollins' sacrifice fly to left scored Galvis to put Philly in front.

Jose Valverde tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning, retiring Rollins, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence in order.

Up next: The Phillies head south to Sarasota, Fla., to play the Orioles at 1:05 p.m. ET Tuesday. Ace Roy Halladay is set to take the mound for Philly. He has struggled this spring, carrying a 10.57 ERA into the start. That doesn't mean anything to Halladay, but he certainly would like to see some improved results this time around.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.