Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Phillies reward GM Amaro with extension

CLEARWATER — The Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. agreed to a four-year contract extension Saturday.

Amaro, entering his third season on the job, helped the Phillies to back-to-back NL East titles and the pennant in 2009. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"For the last 2½ years, my opinion is he's done an outstanding job for the organization," team president David Montgomery said.

The Phillies have the most wins in the NL (190-134) in Amaro's first two seasons.

UTLEY UPDATE: All-Star 2B Chase Utley, out with tendinitis in his right knee, has been increasing his workouts in hopes of avoiding surgery and being ready for the season, Amaro said.

Yanks: Shrug it off

VIERA — If there was one hallmark of RHP A.J. Burnett's awful 2010, it was that when things went bad, they often stayed that way.

So when Michael Morse hit a two-run homer in the second inning of the Nationals' 6-5 victory over the Yankees, it was interesting to see how Burnett would react.

He reacted fine, retiring three straight to end the inning. He wound up allowing just the two runs and two hits in four innings.

"Got hit, gave up the bomb and didn't really care," Burnett said. "Get back on the mound and get the next three guys."

GOOD NEWS: Yankees LHP Kei Igawa has spoken with his family in northern Japan and is returning home after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the country.

Jays: No control

DUNEDIN — A day after being named the Blue Jays' opening-day starter, LHP Ricky Romero was lit up in a 6-4 win over the Pirates, allowing four runs on four hits and five walks in 32/3 innings.

"It was just I had no idea where my fastball was going," Romero told the Toronto Star. "It felt good in the bullpen. … I don't think it's anything to worry about."

STILL HURTING: OF Scott Podsednik was scratched a day after his spring debut because of continued pain with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

.Fast facts

Baseball for Kids Legends Game

Presented by MLB Players Alumni Association

Where: Bright House Field, Clearwater

Schedule: 1 p.m., youth baseball clinic (must register online); 4, batting practice; 4:30, HR derby; 5:30, game

Tickets: $7-$18, online at or stadium box office. All proceeds go to Children's Cancer Center.

Phillies reward GM Amaro with extension 03/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 12, 2011 8:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip


    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  2. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games


    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.
  3. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  4. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70


    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  5. A second chance at life, away from the game he loved

    The Heater

    Dylan Delso, a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays' Gulf Coast League team, displays his scar at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. On June 25, 2016 Delso fell backward down a flight of stairs, suffering a nearly fatal head injury that put him in a coma for eight days. He's finally back on the baseball field after a miraculous recovery.