Wednesday in Lakeland, Cole Hamels made his final spring tune up start, throwing 3 scoreless innings (1 hit, 1 walk, 3 Ks) against the Tigers in a 4-1 Philadelphia win. Cole (0.90 ERA in Florida) leads a core group of HomeSiders on the Phillies who are ready to go. Cole, Domonic Brown, Ryan Howard, Freddy Galvis, Kyle Kendrick , and Antonio Bastardo all look to be in "regular season form". Add Carlos Ruiz (once his suspension expires) and the BlueClaws are well represented here! Yesterday, Bastardo threw a scoreless frame, and Ruiz had a hit and a walk, and scored a run. Galvis' 0 for 4 saw his average slip to a still-respectable .284, and Derrick Mitchell got into his 2nd game this week. The Phillies have decisions to make as they have a log jam of outfielders for AA and AAA. Major league rosters have to be set by Sunday afternoon, and minor league assignments will trickle down from there.
In Bradenton, Vance Worley made his final tune up, throwing 5 innings for the Twins in their 7-4 win over the Pirates. Worley allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, NO walks, and 5 strike outs. After the game, the Twins named Vance opening day starter!! The Phillies will visit Minnesota June 11,12 and 13. Meanwhile, the Pirates have assigned Mike Zaguski to minor league camp..........In Port Charlotte, Jay Happ pitched another 4.2 innings for the Jays, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 4 and ending the spring with a 1.90 ERA. Earlier this week, Happ was signed to a 2-year extension worth almost $9 million (with a club option for a 3rd year) and named to the rotation. Congrats to Jay!!.............In Port St Lucie, the Mets beat the BlueClaws-sorry the Astros, 6-2. Jason Jaramillo (1 for 3 and scored a run), Jonathan Singleton (0 for 4) and Domingo Santana (0 for 1) all played for Houston.
Out in Glendale, the White Sox edged the Indians, 5-4. Michael Bourn was 1 for 3 and stole a base, and Lou Marson (.310 this spring) was 1 for 3 and scored a run for the Tribe.........In Phoenix, Oakland beat Colorado, 6-5. D'Arby Myers played most of the game, going 1 for 3 for the Athletics, and Greg Golson got into that one as a late replacement, going 0 for 1 for the Rockies............In Goodyear, Jason Donald reached base on an error, stole second and scored a run in a 3-run rally for the Reds in their 7-3 win over the Padres. Jason played 3rd base in this one, and looks to have made the team as a utility infielder.