Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Phillies' Roberto Hernandez continues strong spring

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CLEARWATER — Roberto Hernandez took a perfect game into the sixth inning, Domonic Brown of Pasco High and Ben Revere each had two hits and the Phillies beat a Yankees split-squad 6-2 Thursday.

Hernandez, a former Rays right-hander making his fourth start of the spring, was lifted after Scott Sizemore led off the sixth with a single to center. Hernandez had two strikeouts and no walks, and he has a 2.03 ERA in four games for Philadelphia.

Jacoby Ellsbury's solo homer, his first of spring, off LHP Jeremy Horst ended the Phillies' shutout bid.

Rollins to start: Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins is scheduled to start today against the Pirates in Bradenton after a three-game benching. Rollins said Thursday that he was healthy and ready to play and was unsure why manager Ryne Sandberg rested him for a third consecutive game. "Obviously he is upset about something," Rollins said. Sandberg said there was no discipline involved — he wanted to give Freddy Galvis at-bats and ration the playing time of Rollins and 2B Chase Utley. Sandberg did plan to speak with Rollins about his comments about the struggling offense. Rollins said, in part, in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News: "Who cares? … When the season starts, that's when results matter."

Yankees: Pineda strong

TAMPA — RHP Michael Pineda had a second straight positive outing in his bid to become the Yankees' fifth starter, striking out five over 2⅔ innings as a split squad beat the Orioles 6-0.

Pineda, out the past two seasons after right shoulder surgery, has nine strikeouts in 4⅔ scoreless innings overall. He allowed three hits and a walk Thursday.

Pineda is competing with David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.

Brett Gardner had an RBI double for the Yankees.

Jays: Rogers struggles

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers, a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, allowed four earned runs, walked two and struck out six in three innings as Toronto lost to the Astros 7-5.

Rogers struggled with command of his changeup, which led to one of two back-to-back home runs in the third inning.

"The only way I can get better is when I pitch and throw the changeup," he said. "I just have to make my pitches and work a little bit more out of the stretch and try to get my command out of the stretch because I'm a little quick when I have runners on base."

Former Ray Dan Johnson continued his impressive spring for the Jays with a double.

Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind and Melky Cabrera also doubled for Toronto, and Anthony Gose was 2-for 2 with a triple, double and three runs scored.

Happ update: LHP J.A. Happ (sore back) is scheduled to throw three innings today in a minor-league game in Dunedin.

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