The 30-year-old non-roster left-hander led Triple-A with a 2.03 ERA last season while going 13-3. He’ll be opposed by Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia, who has not allowed a run this spring.
Mazone nearly received a spot start for the Phillies in September, but plans were scrapped at the last moment. Signed as a minor league free agent before the start of '06, the tall southpaw represented one of the nicest surprises in the Phillies organization, leading Scranton in their charge toward the playoffs. He isn’t a hard thrower and relies on changing speeds and command of four pitches.
Mazone’s Red Baron teammate Brennan King has been another early spring surprise. The non-roster third baseman hit his second-consecutive game winning hit yesterday – a home run – and is rewarded today with a starting nod as DH. [Gameday boxscore]
Eaton dazzles in morning B game
Spring correspondent Billy Mac has passed along word that Adam Eaton tossed four innings of one-run ball and looked terrific in this morning's short game with Toronto, displaying a curve that was freezing hitters, mainly Blue Jay regulars.