Luis Castillo's conspicuous absence got the Phillies off on the wrong foot on Tuesday, but all's well that ends well.
Phillies 5, Blue Jays 4: Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez had big days at the plate as the Phils knocked off Toronto in Dunedin. Francisco, who is hitting .365 with three homers and eight RBIs on the spring, posted a 3-for-3 day, while Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. The homer is Ibanez’s third this spring. Four of the Phils’ five runs came off prohibitive ace Ricky Romero, a lefty who posted a 3.73 ERA in 32 starts for the Jays last season. Cliff Lee got the win, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. Lee struck out two and walked two. Lee is 2-2 in Grapefruit League play with a 4.74 ERA. Danys Baez almost gave the game away in the ninth, but persevered. Baez allowed two runs on four hits before eventually securing the final out. - Matt Grassie for Beerleaguer
Lidge to pitch Thursday: Brad Lidge is eyeing Thursday's game against the Twins to make his return. The closer has been slowed by biceps inflammation but is fully expected to be ready for the start of the season. He reportedly pitched a "smooth" inning for the Phillies' Triple-A team.
Notes: Vance Worley, who followed Lidge, pitched 4 2-3 shutout innings with five strikeouts in his minor league debut. Jarred Cosart also pitched a strong outing for the Clearwater squad. Luis Castillo will make his debut Wednesday following today's mix-up.