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Philadelphia Phillies pick Jamie Moyer over Kyle Kendrick for starting rotation

KISSIMMEE — The Phillies told RHP Kyle Kendrick that he had lost the competition with LHP Jamie Moyer, 47, for their fifth-starter job after he pitched two innings in a 5-2 loss Tuesday to the Astros.

"He's on the team, but he's going to the bullpen," manager Charlie Manuel said of Kendrick. "I've seen a lot of improvement in his pitching this last year. He had a real good spring, and I'm sure he's going to get to pitch quite a bit this year."

Kendrick, 25, allowed a run on two hits before Manuel decided to break the news to him. He struck out one and walked one.

"I just got to stay ready," Kendrick said. "I love starting, and I think I can be a good starter. But right now, if it's in the pen, we'll go from there and help us win."

Moyer has had a strong spring with a 0.77 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 112/3 innings.

LIDGE NEEDS TIME: Closer Brad Lidge, coming back from offseason elbow and knee surgeries, might have to extend his rehab. The right-hander, who normally throws in the mid 90s, was around 87 during a one-inning stint in a minor-league game.

Yankees: CC struggles, isn't worried

KISSIMMEE — Yankees LHP CC Sabathia tuned up for his start in the major-league opener at Boston on Sunday night, allowing five runs and eight hits in 42/3 innings of a 9-6 split-squad loss to the Braves. He has a 7.23 ERA in the spring.

Sabathia said he isn't concerned about his high ERA.

"I am just trying to pitch my game," he said. "I'll work on my adjustments in the spring a little different than a regular-season game."

INJURY REPORT: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was treated for a bruised right elbow and expects to play again Thursday. … RH reliever Alfredo Aceves is sidelined with a lower-back issue that has periodically nagged him since September, but manager Joe Girardi believes he'll pitch again this spring.

Jays: Roster picture clearing up

TAMPA — The Blue Jays trimmed their active roster to 29 players by sending OF Jeremy Reed and LHPs David Purcey and Jesse Carlson to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Reed's demotion suggests utility man Mike McCoy and INF Randy Ruiz have made the team.

Reed, 28, who has played parts of six seasons in the majors, was batting .431 in the spring.

"Sometimes you get a little caught off guard," Reed said. "When you play well, and you feel like you're opening eyes, you just try to stay away from thinking about the negative side of the way the game can be."

Carlson, 29, has appeared in 142 games over the past two seasons but was limited to two innings this spring by a knee injury. Purcey, 27, has a 5.81 ERA in 21 career starts over the past two seasons.

fast facts

Yankees

Where: George Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa. Today: vs. Twins (ss), 1:05, Tampa. Information: yankees.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: vs. Blue Jays, 1:05, Clearwater. Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Information: bluejays.com

Philadelphia Phillies pick Jamie Moyer over Kyle Kendrick for starting rotation 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 10:53pm]
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