Game Story: Doc has rough day as Phillies lose 6-4 to Twins

Roy Halladay really had a rough day today giving up two runs and allowing 5 runs on seven hits. Halladay was planned to go a little deeper then 2.2 innings today but he was just getting roughed up and the Phillies had to go to the bullpen a little earlier then planned. The rest of the Phillies pitching today was pretty great, Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings without allowing one hit and struck out two.

Phillies managed to put up four runs today on ten hits. Carlos Ruiz, John Mayberry Jr. and Placido Polanco all got RBI hits today for the Phillies but it was just enough to get the win.

Starters are starting to play a lot longer into games now that there has been roster cuts. Most starters are playing deep into the seventh inning instead of leaving the game early in the fourth inning after just two at bats.

Charlie Manuel head coach for the Philadelphia Phillies said that second baseman Chase Utley could be playing soon.  “I’d say it’s coming up real soon.” Chase Utley has been taking it easy this spring because of his past injuries, since Utley is such an important part to this team and organization they have really been resting him for the regular season when games actually count. There is really no point to play Utley right now so this is a smart decision to rest him right now and save him for the regular season.

Ryan Howard talked to the media today and we still have no timetable when he will be back. Howard is in a walking boot.

The Phillies fall to 5-7 this year in the grapefruit league and will be right back out there playing tomorrow against the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 Pm Eastern Time. The Braves have really been playing horrible this year in spring training and if I was a fan of them I would defiantly be a tad bit worried about this team.

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Phillies Make Spring Training Cuts Today

Phillies made their standard spring training cuts today to narrow the team down just a little bit. These players will head down to the minor leagues to maybe improve their game and try to impress the coaches down there.

Dave Bush, Austin Hyatt, Pat Misch, JC Ramirez, and BJ Rosenberg are the pitchers that are heading back down to the minors to continue to improve their game. On the hitters side Harold Garcia, Tyson Gillies, Cesar Hernandez, and Sebastian Ville are headed to minor league camp.

Not standout names just yet but maybe going back down to the minor leagues will help them improve their game and maybe be the leaders of this franchise somewhere down the line.

Most of the players they sent down today really need some time in the minor leagues. These players are defiantly not ready for the major league just yet.

It’s never a fun day when a team has to make cuts but it’s just a job that has to be done.

Gameday Preview: Phillies vs Twins

The Philadelphia Phillies will play the Minnesota Twins today at 1:05 Pm Eastern Time at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida.

Doc Roy Halladay will take the mound today for the Phillies. Look for starters to start getting more and more innings now that we are later into the spring.

1. Jimmy Rollins Ss

2. Placido Polanco 3B

3. Shane Victorino CF

4. Hunter Pence RF

5. Ty Wigginton 1B

6. John Mayberry Jr. LF

7. Domonic Brown DH

8. Carlos Ruiz C

9. Freddy Galvis 2B