In progress: Ryan Howard has apparently recovered from the flu, homering twice this afternoon in Clearwater. His second was a three-run, tape-measure shot to right field off left-hander Ron Villone. Aaron Rowand has also homered in this game, and the Phillies lead the Yankees 7-2 after four innings.
Update: Phillies win this one 11-10. Howard finishes 4-4 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs. Flash Gordon made his Phillies debut and could not nail down the save, allowing two runs in the ninth that tied the score. Chris Coste continued his hot hitting, driving in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies improve to 2-0 in Grapefruit League play.
Next up: Split squad action! The Phils host Bobby Abreu and Team Venezuela, my favorite to win the WBC, and also send a squad to nearby Dunedin to take on the retooled Blue Jays.
Television: The Phils make their spring television debut Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on UPN against the Astros.
Photo correspondent: Beerleaguer reader and frequent commentor Billy Mac is sending photos from spring training through March 8, including the shots you see here. Pictured right is Flash Gordon making his Phillies debut. Thank you, Billy Mac. We look forward to seeing more from Clearwater. (Click on the images to see them at a larger size).