Phillies pay tribute to Fregosi

CLEARWATER — Former Phillies manager and Braves special assistant Jim Fregosi, who died Feb. 14, was honored in a ceremony with family members and former teammates before Wednesday's game between Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Ten former teammates, players or fellow coaches wore jerseys representing each stop of Fregosi's career. The Phillies have also honored Fregosi this spring by draping a black tablecloth on the table in the cafeteria where Fregosi normally held court for many spring trainings. His grandson Robby threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Fregosi, 71, a longtime bay area resident, died Feb. 14 after suffering a series of strokes while on an alumni cruise in the Cayman Islands. He spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager, scout and executive. He had worked as a special assistant to Braves GM Frank Wren for 13 seasons at the time of his death.

Braves president John Schuerholz told the crowd that Fregosi was a "remarkable man" who lived "a wonderful life."

"Jim loved life," Schuerholz said, "but cared more about all of ours. He filled many rooms with his presence but many more with his love. He taught me how to listen. I really had no choice when I was with Jim.

"He demonstrated every day that it was far better to be passionate than to be passive. He had very strong opinions, which he easily and comfortably and readily shared with all of us."

GAME DETAILS: RHP Sean O'Sullivan pitched three shutout innings in the 2-2 nine-inning game. O'Sullivan, who signed a minor-league contract in the offseason, is likely to begin the season at Triple A.

Jays: Feeling good

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow struggled in his second spring outing but wasn't complaining.

Morrow, who suffered a season-ending forearm injury in May, allowed five runs and six hits over three innings in a 6-4 loss to the Pirates. He gave up two hits and one run in two relief innings Feb. 28.

"The important thing, I felt good again," Morrow said. "Forearm is feeling really good. I felt loose again. I felt good with my breaking stuff. Fastball command kind of put me in a hole a couple times."

Morrow struck out two, walked one, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

"He's big," manager John Gibbons said. "In a lot of ways he's probably the most important guy, because we expected a lot out of him last year. He's got as good an arm as anybody."

Yanks: Flexibility tested

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Yankees' travel roster for their game against the Rays included few notable names after they played Tuesday night in Tampa. Ichiro Suzuki got a start in center and Eduardo Nunez got a look at second base as manager Joe Girardi continues to explore the infielder's versatility.

"We've got to move him around because he's in that competition, playing second and third. … Defensively, you've got to be able to handle a couple of different spots," Girardi said. "He's played mostly at shortstop. But because of the situation we're in, he's got to be able to move around."

TRAINING ROOM: 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and OF Alfonso Soriano (flulike symptoms) are expected to return for today's game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Teixeira was limited to 15 games because of injury last season.

Blue Jays

Games: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429; bluejays.com

Today: at Pirates, 1:05, Bradenton

Phillies

Games: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457; phillies.com

Today: (ss) vs. Yankees, 1:05, MLB Network; at Tigers, 1:05, Lakeland

Yankees

Games: Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dale Mabry), Tampa

Tickets: (813) 879-2244; yankees.com

Today: at Phillies, 1:05, Clearwater, MLB Network

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