Center fielder Shane Victorino will not make the trip to Tampa today when a contingency of Phillies' starters take on the Yankees. He is expected to make his first start tomorrow.
Typically, it's tough to keep the Flyin Hawaiian off the field, even during Spring Training, but so far, Victorino, who will reportedly be in the lineup tomorrow against Atlanta, has yet to get in a game. Todd Zolecki writes that seven of the Phillies' eight starting position players will make the trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field today. Victorino's absence has allowed Domonic Brown a chance to shine. The young outfielder is off to a 7-for-13 start in the Grapefruit League and was instrumental in Wednesday's exhibition game with Florida State.
Yesterday, J.A. Happ and Tampa's James Shields matched one another with strong showings in the early innings. Phillipe Aumont had a nice bounce back from his first appearance, coaxing a bases-loaded double play from Pat Burrell in the third, and got the Phils through five unscathed. Jimmy Rollins came up small in the second with the bases loaded, striking out on a high fastball with a full count, but atoned for it with a solo home run in his next at-bat to break the scoreless tie. Joe Savery struggled mightily in his one inning of work, giving up three runs. Brown continued to tear it up with another three hits, including a two-run double to send the game in to extra innings. The Phils fell in the 10th 5-3. (courtesy of www.monsterdouble.com)