A summary of today's action, courtesy of our spring correspondents.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The visiting Phils lost to the Rays today 3-2. Not much offense, but solid pitching and defense. The lack of offense may have been due to the fact that Joe Maddon used real Major League pitchers and the Phillies' bats did not look up to the challenge. Rays pitchers had faced the minimum number of batters until the top of the seventh, when the Phillies finally broke through with a run on Miguel Cairo's second hit, a couple walks and a Ryan Howard RBI sac fly. Jamie Moyer started and pitched out of some jams on his way to five innings, allowing two runs. He was helped by surprisingly solid third base defense from Greg Dobbs, and a nice relay play from Jason Ellison in center to Jason Donald at short to Ronny Paulino at home to record an out and save a run for Moyer. J.A. Happ pitched the other three innings and looked very nice, surrendering only a solo home run to Gabe Kapler and a couple other dinky hits. - Furnstein & Jonesman
Another view: Moyer struggled through the first two innings, but settled down for the next three. He embarrassed a few guys with his curve. Happ came in again and had another solid outing. He gave up a solo shot, a la Cole, but was lights out other than that. Pat Burrell got nice ovations from the predominantly Philadelphia crowd. Andy Tracy had an absolute bomb in the top of the ninth with two outs, but the highlight of the game came in the eighth. Jenkins came up with Balfour on the mound and runners on first and third. The crowd (predominantly Phillies fans) starting chanting "Deja Vu" and calling for a double off the wall. - Chris Burkhart