CLEARWATER, Fla. -- No more talking. How about some actually playing?
The Phillies tune up for Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Astros with an intrasquad game at 12 p.m. ET Friday at Bright House Field. The game is free and open to the public.
"Let me tell you guys something," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said in his office. "I'm anxious to see [Darin] Ruf, I'm anxious to see Ben Revere, I'm anxious to see Domonic Brown, I'm anxious to see our Rule 5 kid [Ender Inciarte]. I like the way he throws the ball and runs and catches the ball. I'm anxious to see Michael Young, I'm anxious to see [Chase] Utley and [Ryan] Howard. ... I'm anxious to see about all of them, really. Freddy Galvis. [Yuniesky] Betancourt. I think as we go on in Spring Training, the play and how we do and who makes our team and things like that, all that, we'll work our lineup out. Until we get into and start playing ... when you watch guys in practice, you don't really see the game. The game is what really counts.
"I can tell you this: I know we've been putting in some good work and quality practice. But I'm anxious to see the game. I'm anxious to see all those guys. I'm anxious to see those young pitchers, I'm anxious to see Mike Adams, about the whole team, really. I think that's what's going to determine our lineup, determine our pitching and everything. Put them out there and let them compete, and we'll see."