Spring Training Means Warm Weather And Baseball Coming Soon

Reading Fightin’ Phils pitcher Ben Lively walks in from the bullpen in Reading in 2015. Lively was called up to the big league club in Philadelphia Wednesday, April 19. Photo by Eric Stark


Cititzen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.


The Phillies youth and young talent

will be on display this spring

A. Nola

 Franco, facing Clearwater native and Rays reliever Ryan Garton, crushed a long solo homer into the bullpens. He is 4 for 5 this spring, with three of the four hits for home runs.

M. Franco

Jerad Eickhoff struggled with his command in his first two innings of the spring; he threw just 13 of his 28 pitches for strikes. The bullpen was worse. Luis Garcia surrendered two more runs. Drew Anderson, a touted young starter, struck out four in two innings, but Corey Dickerson bashed a deep two-run homer. Minor-league fill-in Miguel Nunez served up another two-run shot to Shane Peterson.

The Phillies are home again Tuesday, as Clay Buchholz makes his spring Phillies debut against Baltimore at 1:05 p.m.

O. Herrara

Ben Lively, than with the Reading Fightin Phils, walks to the home dug from the bullpen in Reading. Lively was called up to the Big Leagues Wednsday, April 19, 2017.