Spring Training Update: Freddy Galvis Plays Left Field, Hits Home Runs

Spring Training Update: Freddy Galvis Plays Left Field, Hits Home Runs

When the Phillies parted ways with Yuniesky Betancourt and
his career .290 on-base percentage (much to many fans’ delight we’re sure),
that more or less solidified a roster spot for Freddy Galvis. You may remember
him from such roles as 2012 Opening Day starter at second base, but today
Galvis is here to talk about playing in the outfield.

Galvis has already flashed Gold Glove potential at second
and shortstop, but recently the 23 year old has been getting some experience in
left,
perhaps so Charlie Manuel can find ways to maximize his playing time this
season. A few weeks back Manuel told reporters he thought Galvis would be more
valuable to the big club
than in the minors.

“Freddy’s a tremendous ballplayer,” Manuel said earlier in
camp. “I think he can help us more getting 250 at-bats in the majors than 450
in the minors.”

Unless somebody gets hurt, Manuel might have to get creative
to get him that many. Chase Utley looks healthy and has been absolutely mashing
the baseball, and Jimmy Rollins is Jimmy Rollins. Jim Salisbury suggested some
looks at third base are is even a possibility, but that could mostly be as a
defensive substitute for Michael Young or Kevin Frandsen.

It’s not hard to understand why management wants Galvis to
get to the dish though. He filled in admirably for Utley last year after
basically skipping Triple-A before a back injury and 50-game suspension cost
him the rest of the season. This spring, Galvis is hitting .293 with 10
extra-base hits and 9 RBI.

Why just today in his second outfield appearance, Galvis hit
his third bomb of the year. If he can continue to grow at the plate, and with
that kind of versatility, Galvis could be a real weapon for the Phillies this
season.

>>> VIDEO: Galvis' two-run homer [MLB]

>> Galvis Diversifies Portfolio [High Cheese]

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.

Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

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Penn State routed by No. 4 Michigan at The Big House

BOX SCORE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing. Wilton Speight threw one touchdown pass.

Michigan (4-0) dominated both sides of the ball. Penn State (2-2) has lost three straight to the Wolverines.

Jabrill Peppers gave the fans an early thrill by returning Penn State's first punt to the 9, although a bench-interference penalty moved the ball to the Nittany Lions 24. Seven plays later, Khalid Hill dove in on 4th-and-goal from the 1.

The Wolverines also scored touchdowns on their next two drives. Penn State finally got a couple stops, but the Wolverines took a 28-0 halftime lead on Higdon's 2-yard run.

The Nittany Lions got on the board with a field goal early in the third, but Chris Evans made it 35-3 with a 3-yard run and the Wolverines cruised to the win.

The takeaway
Penn State: The Nittany Lions came into the Big House without any of their starting linebackers then lost Brandon Smith to a second-quarter targeting penalty. That left the Penn State defense helpless against Michigan's running game and short passes. The offense was even worse, putting up 50 yards in the first half. Saquon Barkley had 19 yards rushing and caught two passes for 47 yards, but the rest of the team combined for minus-16.

Michigan: The Wolverines dominated in the trenches, with their defensive line continuously overrunning Penn State's offensive line. They registered five sacks while building their first-half lead and Speight had all the time he needed.

Poll implications
Michigan: The Wolverines came in at No. 4 and there seems little chance that will change much with No. 1 Alabama winning earlier in the day in a blowout and No. 2 Ohio State on a bye.

Up next
Penn State: Returns to Happy Valley for the first of three straight home games. The Nittany Lions face Minnesota next Saturday in the Golden Gophers' first trip to Penn State since 2009.

Michigan: Plays its fifth-straight game at the Big House to open the season, but will have a tougher test against Wisconsin. The 11th-ranked Badgers routed No. 8 Michigan State 30-6 in East Lansing.