Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit

Yankees 3, Phillies 1: Strikeouts galore and just 1 hit

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillies batters struck out a whopping 13 times and had just one hit in a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday night.

Eight of those strikeouts came against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who was perfect for five innings.

Freddy Galvis had the Phillies' only hit, a single in the seventh. They walked just one time.

Though not as effective as Pineda, Phillies starter Clay Buchholz was solid in five innings of work. He gave up five hits and two runs, one of which was unearned. He walked two and struck out one.

Buchholz gave up a solo homer to Greg Bird in the second inning. The lefty-hitting Bird hit a 1-2 changeup over the wall in right.

"He was a little out front of it, but he's a strong dude and if you put the barrel on it, it's going to go," Buchholz said. "That would have been way back in Yankee Stadium, so I'm glad it was here."

Buchholz lines up to pitch the third game of the regular season. He believes he's on target.

"That's what spring training is for, to build up and not necessarily try to throw 100 percent effort level out of the gate," he said. "As the innings go up, your arm strength will go up with that.

"The first three innings, I felt really good with my command. I threw a lot of strikes early and they hit it at people and I was able to get some quick outs. That's what you want as a starting pitcher."

Joseph day to day
Tommy Joseph was scratched from the lineup, one day after taking a pitch off his left hand (see story). X-rays taken Tuesday were negative, but Joseph was still feeling soreness when he tried to take some swings in the batting cage on Wednesday.

"It wasn't too comfortable hitting," he said.

Manager Pete Mackanin doesn't think Joseph will be out of the lineup long. Neither does Joseph.

"Zero fear," Joseph said when asked if he had any fear that he might not be ready for opening day.

Morgan goes four
Adam Morgan pitched four innings of one-run ball in a minor-league game on Wednesday. The Phillies are keeping Morgan stretched out as a starter even though he is a candidate to pitch out of the big-league bullpen.

Up next
The Phillies play the Orioles in Sarasota on Thursday night. Here is the posted lineup for that game:

Cesar Hernandez, 2B
Roman Quinn, CF
Howie Kendrick, LF
Michael Saunders, RF
Maikel Franco, 3B
Brock Stassi, 1B
Daniel Nava, DH
Andres Blanco, SS
Ryan Hanigan, C

Vince Velasquez will be the Phillies' starting pitcher. Lefty Chris Lee is scheduled to pitch for Baltimore.

Phillies trim roster, send Tyler Goeddel, Jake Thompson to minors

Phillies trim roster, send Tyler Goeddel, Jake Thompson to minors

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- With a week to go before they leave Florida, the Phillies made several roster moves on Friday morning.

Outfielder Tyler Goeddel, who spent all of last season in the majors, was optioned to the minor leagues.

Pitcher Jake Thompson, who made 10 starts in the majors for the Phillies last season, was also optioned to the minors. He is expected to open the season in the starting rotation at Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Goeddel, 24, joined the Phillies organization in December 2015 after being selected in the Rule 5 draft. He had originally been a first-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011.

Players selected in the Rule 5 draft must spend an entire season in the majors or be exposed to waivers and offered back to their original club. The Phillies kept Goeddel all of last season, fully securing his rights, but he received only 213 at-bats and hit just .192 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

The news on Goeddel was not completely surprising. The wintertime additions of outfielders Howie Kendrick and Michael Saunders had made Goeddel a long shot to make the team.

"I knew going into camp I was going to have to earn my spot," he said. "There's a lot of guys in here that have been playing well. Whatever happened happened."

Goeddel needs to recoup some at-bats in the minor leagues. The question is: where? The Phillies have three top outfield prospects -- Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens -- who will require regular playing time at Triple A. It's possible that Goeddel could open the season at Double A.

Team officials discussed that possibility with him.

"They want me to get more at-bats," Goeddel said. "That's the main thing. Only getting 200 in your age-23 season is not enough.

"They said there's a chance I'm at Reading. I'm not too happy about that but you can't control it. That's where their most openings are and most consistent playing time.

"I want to play every day. It was tough last year playing sparingly. Getting at-bats is going to be great. Obviously, I wish it was up here. But at the end of the day, you can't control it."

Goeddel is still on the 40-man roster and as long as he stays on it can come back to the majors quite easily if a need arises.

"They said that," Goeddel said. "Last year (pitcher Alec) Asher started at Double A and was called up. They said that in there. They just want me to get at-bats. That was their main thing."

Thompson could be one of the first to return to the majors if a need arises in the starting rotation.

The 23-year-old right-hander was one of five prospects that the Phillies acquired from Texas for Cole Hamels in July 2015. He went 11-5 with a 2.50 ERA in 21 starts at Triple A last season and 3-6 with a 5.70 ERA with the big club.

The Phils also reassigned pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, catcher Logan Moore and infielder Hector Gomez to minor-league camp.

Twins 4, Phillies 2: Aaron Nola encouraged by good health, still looking for command

Twins 4, Phillies 2: Aaron Nola encouraged by good health, still looking for command

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola has not had a great spring.

But in the big picture, well, maybe he has.

Nola was one of the Phillies' biggest and most important question marks coming into camp. He had missed the final two months of the 2016 season because of an elbow injury. All he needed to do this spring to be in the starting rotation was show that he was healthy.

He's done that.

He pitched 5 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins and threw 82 pitches in his fifth start of the spring on Thursday. He gave up six hits, including a two-run homer, walked one and struck out six.

He's up to 17 2/3 innings for the spring -- without an elbow issue.

"I'm over that," Nola said after the game. "My elbow feels really good. I haven't had any pain or problems with it. I don't even think about it throwing or in games.

"Everything has been very positive. My body is healthy."

Nola, who lines up to fill the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation, hasn't had good results this spring. He has given up 19 hits and 13 earned runs. But, again, the Phillies were only looking for good health.

"He's been working on his changeup," manager Pete Mackanin said. "Today, he threw more changeups than I've ever seen him throw. The changeup he threw for the home run, he admitted, 'I would never throw that pitch in a game.' But he's working on it, trying to get it going for him, and I think it's going to be a good pitch for him. 

"He really pitched better than the result he got. He had a lot of work with his changeup, which is important. He was as sharp as we've seen him."

Coming into camp, Mackanin was concerned about Nola's health.

"I'm less concerned right now," the manager said. "It's always going to be in the back of my mind. But it's good to see 92, 93, 94 (mph) coming out of his hand, which is important. Once he regains that command, and he showed real good command of his fastball down in the zone today, he's going to be back to where he was -- with even maybe a little more velocity. We'll see. But the changeup is going to help him. I'm very encouraged."

The game
The Phillies lost, 4-2, to the Twins.

The Phils had 10 hits, two by Odubel Herrera, who homered.

Andrew Knapp, pushing to make the club, started behind the plate and had a double.

The Phillies were just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

The Phils' bullpen -- Sean Burnett, Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris -- accounted for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Up next
The Phils play the Yankees in Tampa on Friday. Jeremy Hellickson will start against CC Sabathia.