Lannan continues strong spring with latest outing

BRADENTON, Fla. -- John Lannan has looked fine in his first two Grapefruit League starts.

He allowed one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings Monday in a 5-0 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field, although he certainly did not like walking the leadoff hitter in the second and third innings. Lannan has allowed five hits, one run, two walks and struck out one in five innings this spring.

He will open the season as the team's fifth starter.

Lannan got a nice break before he pitched the second inning Monday because the Phillies scored four runs in the top of the second, three of them on bases-loaded walks. Pitchers often talk about getting used to the "up and downs" during Spring Training, the times when pitchers take a seat in the dugout before getting their next inning of work.

Lannan had a long one there.

"It's good to practice that now and keep the legs going," he said. "It was good to have that long rest. It was difficult, but it's something you've got to adjust to. … I felt like I had a good rhythm today. The fastball felt good, and I had a good mix with [catcher Humberto] Quintero back there."