Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Halladay fails to get through three as Twins down Phils

PBR - Roy Halladay was unable to pitch out of the third inning, surrendering five runs on seven hits as the Twins trumped the Phillies 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater. 

Phillies Pitching: Halladay has yet to find his groove this spring and now has a 10.57 ERA over three starts. Four of the today's five runs came off a pair of homers ... Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless inning and Michael Stutes contributed two of his own ... Jake Diekman struck out the side in his one inning of work.

Phillies Offense: Placido Polanco finished 2-for-4 with an RBI-double ... John Mayberry Jr. finished 1-for-2 and raised his average to .214 ... Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-2 in the losing effort.

Let's Review: Prior to Wednesday's contest nine players were cut from the spring roster ... righthanders Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, B.J. Rosenberg and lefthander Pat Misch were reassigned to minor-league camp. Infielders Harold Garcia and Cesar Hernandez, outfielder Tyson Gillies, catcher Sebastian Valle and righthander J.C. Ramirez were optioned to minor-league camp.

On Deck: The Phillies have split-squad games Thursday. Part of the club will host the Braves at 1:05 p.m.at Bright House Field, while the other portion heads to Port Charlotte, where they will play the Rays at 1:05 p.m. Joel Pineiro will start in Port Charlotte, while Joe Blanton will start in Clearwater.

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