Spring training capsules for teams that train in Tampa Bay area

All games 1:05 unless noted

February

Today: at Yankees

Sunday: Yankees

Monday: at Blue Jays

March

1: Tigers (ss)

2: Orioles

3: at Red Sox

4: at Pirates

5: Pirates

6: (ss) at Tigers (ss) vs. Rays

7: at Yankees (ss)

8: Orioles

9: at Tigers

10: Yankees

11: at Orioles

12: (ss) vs. Rays (ss) at Pirates (ss)

13: (ss) at Twins (ss) (ss) vs. Neth­erlands at Al Lang Field

14: at Astros

15: at Blue Jays

17: Blue Jays

18: Pirates

19: at Orioles

20: Yankees

21: Red Sox

22: at Blue Jays

23: at Rays

24: Twins

25: Braves (ss)

26: (ss) vs. Blue Jays (ss) at Tigers

27: at Braves

28: Astros

29: Pirates (Phi.), 7

30: Pirates (Phi.), 4

February

Today: Phillies *

Sunday: at Phillies

Monday: at Tigers

March

1: at Pirates

2: Astros (ss)

3: at Rays

4: Red Sox, 7:05 *

5: Nationals *

6: at Astros

7: (ss) vs. Phillies * (ss) at O's (ss), 7:05

8: at Braves

9: Pirates, 7:05

10: at Phillies

11: (ss) vs. Braves (ss) at Blue Jays

12: at Nationals

13: Twins (ss) *

14: at Red Sox, 7:05

16: Orioles, 7:05

17: Rays, 7:05 *

18: at Blue Jays

19: Blue Jays *

20: at Phillies

21: at Rays, 7:05

22: at Orioles

23: Blue Jays, 7:05

25: Astros, 7:05 *

26: Pirates *

27: at Twins

28: Rays, 7:05

29: Tigers

* Sold out



All games 1:05 unless noted



February

Today: Tigers

Sunday: at Tigers

Monday: Phillies

March

1: at Tigers (ss)

2: Rays

3: Pirates

4: (ss) at Braves (ss) (ss) vs. Canada, at Al Lang Field

5: Tigers (ss)

6: at Pirates

8: at Rays

9: at Rays (ss)

10: at Twins

11: Yankees (ss)

12: (ss) vs. Pirates (ss) (ss) at Tigers

13: Rays

15: Phillies

16: at Pirates

17: at Phillies

18: Yankees

19: at Yankees

20: Twins

22: Phillies

23: at Yankees, 7:05

24: Braves

25: at Red Sox, 7:05

26: at Phillies (ss)

27: Orioles (ss)

28: Red Sox

29: at Orioles

30: at Rays (Tropicana Field), 4:10

All games 1:05 unless noted

Philadelphia Phillies

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

Tickets: $7-$18; (727) 467-4457

Key additions: LHP Cliff Lee, INF Michael Martinez

Key losses: RHP Chad Durbin, RF Jayson Werth

Spring story lines

The right stuff: The biggest position battle comes in replacing Werth in rightfield as touted prospect Domonic Brown competes with Ben Francisco and John Mayberry. Brown, 23, a Zephyr­hills native and former Pasco High star who is rated the game's No. 4 prospect by Baseball America, will get a hard look with the Phillies wanting to see him make strides defensively.

Picking the pen: The Phillies boast a healthy closer in RHP Brad Lidge, and RHP Ryan Madson, RHP Jose Contreras, RHP Danys Baez and LHP J.C. Romero are locks for the bullpen. But they will have to decide on one or two others with LHP Antonio Bastardo a possibility. RHP Kyle Kendrick might step in the long role left by Durbin.

Getting offensive: Though the Phillies ranked second in the National League in runs last season, they're hoping for bounce-back seasons from SS Jimmy Rollins, 2B Chase Utley, 1B Ryan Howard, CF Shane Victorino and LF Raul Ibanez. Getting off to strong spring starts at the plate couldn't hurt.

New York Yankees

Where: Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard), Tampa

Tickets: $17-33; (813) 879-2244, toll-free (800) 745-3000

Key additions: RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Pedro Feliciano, RHP Freddy Garcia, OF Andruw Jones, C Russell Martin, RHP Rafael Soriano

Key losses: DH Lance Berkman, LHP Andy Pettitte, DH/OF Marcus Thames, RHP Javier Vazquez, RHP Kerry Wood

Spring story lines

Pitching in: The biggest question mark is the rotation with the fourth and fifth spot up for grabs. Veteran RHPs Colon and Garcia were brought in to compete with up-and-coming RHP Ivan Nova and versatile RHP Sergio Mitre. Colon, 37, who is scheduled to start today's exhibition opener against the Phillies, hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009.

Catching on: The Yankees signed Martin to take over as the starting catcher, with veteran Jorge Posada moving to designated hitter. Martin, 28, an All-Star with the Dodgers in 2007 and 2008, hopes to bounce back after two down years. He will be eased into action after December's surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. Martin's health as well as Posada's transition to DH will be keys to watch.

Bounce back: Burnett, coming off his worst season, knows there will be a lot of eyes on him. He went 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010 and has been working on his mechanics with new pitching coach Larry Rothschild. With Pettitte's retirement and the Yankees missing out on free agent Cliff Lee, the Yankees need a big year from Burnett.

Toronto Blue Jays

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

Tickets: $15-27; (727) 733-0429, toll-free 1-888-525-5297

Key additions: RHP Octavio Dotel, RHP Frank Francisco, 3B Brett Lawrie, RHP Jon Rauch, , RF Juan Rivera

Key losses: RHP Scott Downs, RHP Kevin Gregg, RHP Shaun Marcum, OF Vernon Wells

Spring story lines

Taking the fifth: Though the Jays traded Marcum, they still boast an intriguing young rotation. First-year manager John Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach, will have a tough decision on the No. 5 starter. The competition appears to be among RHP Jesse Litsch (a graduate of Dixie Hollins High), LHP Marc Rzepczynski and rookie RHP Zach Stewart. Litsch, who missed most of the past two seasons due to injuries, has the most experience. But Rzepczynski shined during winter ball.

Closing time: Toronto revamped its bullpen, but the question is who replaces Gregg as closer. Francisco saved 25 games for Texas in 2009 and has a powerful arm. But Rauch filled in admirably for Joe Nathan in Minnesota last season, racking up 21. Dotel also will be in the mix.

Stepping up: Rookie J.P. Arencibia, having spent the past four seasons in the minors, hopes to crack the opening day roster as the starting catcher. Arencibia, 25, has proved his offensive abilities in the minors, including hitting 32 homers last year at Triple A. But the Jays likely will be watching how he performs defensively.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Spring training capsules for teams that train in Tampa Bay area 02/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 11:53pm]

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