Former closer Ugueth Urbina, who last pitched with the Phillies in 2005, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch.
The 32-year-old pitcher was accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them at his family's ranch, located about 25 miles south of Caracas, Venezuela. In addition, Urbina was also found guilty of illegal deprivation of liberty and violating a prohibition against taking justice into his own hands during a dispute over a gun on Oct. 16, 2005, according to a statement from the Attorney General's Office.
Urbina, a two-time All-Star, is 30th all-time in saves with 237.
Bobby Livingston update
Remember left-hander Bobby Livingston, of whom the Phillies made a cash deal to acquire from Tampa Bay only to have Major League Baseball rule the transaction illegal? Well, good news! He’s having a great spring with Cincinnati. In 15 innings, including three starts and five appearances, he’s posting a 1.23 ERA with 12 strikeouts and only two walks. Livingston would have solved a lot of problems. Wouldn't it have been better to trade directly with Seattle in the first place? Not that it made any sense for Seattle to just dump a pitcher of value to the worst team in baseball.
Phillies scouting Jays' reliever Francisco Rosario
According to a report in the Inquirer, the Phillies are looking at right-hander Francisco Rosario, who is out of options. In seven minor league seasons, Rosario, a 26-year-old Dominican who’s pitched mostly in Triple-A the last two years, is 20-26 with a 3.58 ERA and 478/177 K/BB ratio. He appears to be pretty good with home runs, but was hit hard in last seasons's limited call-up to Toronto.
Today’s game: Phillies host Devil Rays
Brett Myers opposes left-hander Scott Kazmir. Game time is 1:05 EST at Bright House Networks Field. The Phillies defeated the Reds 6-2 last night in Clearwater. Jamie Moyer earned the win, allowing two runs on eight hits over 7.0 innings. Pat Burrell and Rod Barajas homered in the winning cause. The crowd of 7,789 set a single-season attendance record for the Phils at Bright House Networks Field (115,066), eclipsing the previous mark of 113,037 set in 2004.