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Phillies Rule 5 player Michael Martinez

Phillies Rule 5 player Michael Martinez

March 31:

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Versatile Orr makes the team

March 31 Camden Courier-Post:

“After Wednesday’s spring finale, Pete Orr wasn’t quite sure what to do. He was one of two players still waiting to learn whether he had earned a roster spot, so he didn’t want to leave. Orr was in the weight room when first-base coach Sam Perlozzo came to get him. “I guess here comes the walk,” Orr told him, assuming he was being ushered to the manager’s office to be sent to the minors.

Martinez wins spot over Castillo

March 31 Camden Courier-Post:

“It came down to giving Michael Martinez his first shot or, perhaps, giving Luis Castillo his last. In the end, manager Charlie Manuel said, there really wasn’t much of a debate. “I think that Martinez kind of won most every one over,” Manuel said. “I think if you sit and watch him play and what he does, he’s definitely capable of being a good big-league player.” The Phillies finalized their opening day roster Wednesday,

Hamels learned value of between-starts preparation

March 31 Philly.com:

“It came in the stifling St. Louis heat, everything Cole Hamels had worked for. Players and coaches still talk about that game on July 22, 2010, and not just because it was the turning point for the Phillies, a chaotic day that ended in Philadelphia with the late-night firing of hitting coach Milt Thompson. No, what the Phillies remember about that day is Hamels one-hitting the Cardinals

Cliff Lee puts faith in simple training routine

March 31 Philly.com:

“There is a reason, Cliff Lee says, why he found a routine he liked nine years ago and has essentially stuck with that exact program through three trades and a Cy Young Award. “I keep it simple,” Lee said. “The simpler the easier for me.” Lee is perfectly uncomplicated. When it’s his half inning to pitch, he sprints out of the dugout to take the ball. When he has recorded the third out, he sprints back to his same spot on the bench.

Manuel on base with Rollins batting third for Phillies

March 31 Philly.com:

“JIMMY ROLLINS hits third. Shane Victorino leads off. Raul Ibanez hits fifth to protect cleanup hitter Ryan Howard. When Jayson Werth accepted riches in Washington, D.C., this winter, and when Chase Utley’s right knee finally gave out this spring, questions abounded about who would replace Utley in the third slot and Werth in the five hole. Theories sprang up. Arguments commenced.

Roy Oswalt’s training based on Navy Seal workout

March 31 Philly.com:

“This is not the first time Roy Oswalt has been part of a star-studded starting rotation. For three years – 2004 to 2006 – he was part of a Houston Astros trio that included Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. To this day, those two still influence Oswalt’s pitching preparation. “Roger and Andy actually had a lot to do with what my workouts are like now,” Oswalt said “They had a Navy Seal workout that they did

Phillies’ Ruiz: Right man behind the plate

March 31 Philly.com:

“The compliments for the catcher have been coming for quite a while now. The pitchers love throwing to Carlos Ruiz, and the coaching staff loves the way he runs a game. Ruiz, entering his fifth season as the Phillies‘ No. 1 catcher, was considered the team MVP by many of his peers in 2010. He set a career high and led the team with a .302 batting average. Of course, he also caught a perfect game by Roy Halladay

Halladay’s unwavering dedication to routine helps fuel excellence

March 31 Philly.com:

“Harvey Dorfman’s contributions to Roy Halladay’s rise from a struggling young starter with the Toronto Blue Jays to the best pitcher in baseball have been well documented. The Mental ABC’s of Pitching, a book authored by the recently deceased Dorfman, became Halladay’s baseball bible, a how-to course on narrowing focus in order to maximize performance.

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