Pirates 8 - Phillies 2, not the way you want to start the season. Luckily, it's only spring training, these games mean diddly-squat, so save your "end of times" comments for now (April 6th they may be necessary though). Seriously, pitchers are only going 1 to 2 innings a pop in the early going, hitters are sitting on dead-red so offspeed is going to fool them, and managers are more interested in the minor leagues guys trying to make an impression.
Jamie Moyer started the game for the Phils tossing 2 scoreless innings, but it was all downhill after that, as Joe Blanton, Joe Bisensius, and Scott Nestor all got touched up. Dave Borkowski, Jake Woods, and Mike Koplove went 1 clean inning a piece thereafter. Offensively the Phils sputtered, with the only rbi's coming from singles for Raul Ibanez and John Mayberry. Rollins, Slayden (2), Dobbs, and Jenkins had hits as well.
Phillies are at home at Bright House Network today against the Toronto Blue Jays with Carlos Carrasco and JA Happ ready to begin the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation.
*Being the kind generous souls that the Phillies front office are, they decided to advance a portion of Scott Eyre's salary to him because his funds are frozen temporarily due to an investigation with his financial institute. The man had only $13 liquid to his name the other day, and he's got to pay the bills. His teammates are willing to help out too, which is nice. Hey Lidge, I'll take $3M...I'm good for it.
*Grand Pappy Jamie Moyer, the 46 year old pitcher, is in his 25th spring training as a player...wow!
*Rollins is back at "it". "It" being arriving late. He missed team stretching and the beginning of batting practice, due to what is being called "bad directions". The World Series championship must have softened Manuel, as he still penciled the shortstop into the leadoff position to kick on the Grapefruit League competition yesterday. I'd have benched his ass for a month (no, not really).
*Amaro handicapped the possibility of getting Nomar Garciaparra at 50/50, and said that they're still willing to bring aboard one of the lefties (Beimel, Reyes, or Ohman), but only at a discounted price well south of $1M.