Mar 072011
Phillies ace Cliff Lee

Phillies ace Cliff Lee

March 7:

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Lee locks up Rays before Phillies walk off

March 7

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Rays rallied after having trouble with left-hander Cliff Lee on Sunday, but the Phillies got a walk-off single from Joel Naughton in the bottom of the ninth inning to win, 5-4.

Lee made his second start of the Grapefruit League season. He allowed two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings.

“I worked out some kinks and felt like I was throwing the ball a little more where I wanted to compared to the last outing,” Lee said.

He got a little run support early, which he certainly hopes carries into the season. First baseman Ryan Howard hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It was Howard’s second homer of the spring.

The Phils scored two more runs in the third inning to make it 3-0. Catcher Brian Schneider hit a solo home run to right field. Raul Ibanez singled with two outs and later scored on a single from Placido Polanco.

Eddie Bonine replaced Lee in the fifth and quickly allowed three runs to allow the Rays to tie the game at 3.

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March 7

Kendrick limits Tigers in Lakeland duel

LAKELAND, Fla. — Solo home runs from John Mayberry Jr. and Bryan Holaday provided the lone scoring until Scott Thorman’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Tigers to a 2-1 win over a Phillies split squad on Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Mayberry’s first home run of the spring was the only damage off Tigers starter Phil Coke over four innings in his third Spring Training start. Coke fell behind on a 3-0 count before Mayberry sent a 3-1 pitch into a breeze blowing out to right field. Philadelphia’s other three hits off Coke were all singles, two of them by Wilson Valdez.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick held Detroit’s offense to one hit, an Andy Dirks first-inning single, over three innings. David Herndon’s walks to Dirks and Brandon Inge in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, were the Tigers’ only other baserunners until Holaday took Michael Stutes deep to left in the eighth inning. It marked the first home run of the spring for Holaday, a sixth-round pick in last June’s First-Year Player Draft.

The game remained tied until former Tigers closer Matt Anderson, making a comeback attempt in Phillies Minor League camp, entered in the bottom of the ninth.

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