Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco High's Domonic Brown impresses Phillies

The Phillies’ Domonic Brown, bidding to play leftfield, rounds the bases after homering for the second time in three games.

Associated Press

The Phillies’ Domonic Brown, bidding to play leftfield, rounds the bases after homering for the second time in three games.

CLEARWATER — Domonic Brown's chance to contribute is right now. Tommy Joseph's opportunity should come in due time.

Brown, a former Pasco High standout, and Joseph hit long home runs in the seventh inning of the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

Brown, 25, connected off RHP Zach Nuding, sending his second home run this spring over the 25-foot-high batter's eye in centerfield, more than 401 feet away.

In the dugout, catching coach Mick Billmeyer turned to manager Charlie Manuel and said, "He hit that pretty good."

"I was trying to look," Brown said, "but I didn't see."

Brown, once the Phillies' best prospect, is competing for the vacancy in leftfield.

"That was a well-struck baseball. … The ball went a long ways," Manuel said. "He put a good swing on it: nice, short and compact, with balance at the plate.

"His swing is more fluid and compact. It's more explosive."

Joseph, a catcher considered by some as the Phillies' top hitting prospect, sent a two-run drive deep over the leftfield fence.

Yanks: No to Johnny

CLEARWATER — Johnny Damon isn't going to be rejoining the Yankees, GM Brian Cashman told espn.com.

Damon, 39, who played for New York from 2006-09 (and spent the 2011 season with the Rays), had campaigned to be a short-term replacement for OF Curtis Granderson, out 10 weeks with a fractured right forearm. Damon had even offered to play for the major-league minimum salary.

"Have me for six weeks and send me on my merry way,'' Damon said on ESPN radio Monday.

Cashman put the kibbosh on the idea Tuesday afternoon.

"He's just not going to fit our needs,'' Cashman said. "It's the same reason we didn't bring him in last year. We need somebody who can play the outfield every day."

Granderson's spot is likely to be filled by one or both of the veterans in camp, Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera.

YOUK HURT: 3B Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the game because of a sore left oblique. He will be re-evaluated this week.

Jays: Wild start

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays LHP Ricky Romero, who is trying to bounce back from a miserable season, lasted just 12/3 innings in his spring debut against the Twins.

Romero allowed two runs, both on Joe Benson's second-inning homer, and two hits in Toronto's 8-4 loss. He threw just 17 of his 36 pitches for strikes.

"Right now, you're worried about that pitch count and getting it right," Romero said. "Whatever happens on the field happens. My job is to go out there and get the outs. Just left a sinker that stayed up and the guy hit it out."

Romero went 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA and left his final start of the season Sept. 30 after three innings with a left leg injury. He said his percentage of sinkers thrown last year decreased.

"I'm going to use this spring to work on my sinker," he said. "I think that's basically about 90 percent of what we threw, maybe 95. I'm just trying to get that pitch back and get it under control."

.AREA CAMPS

Blue Jays

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin Tickets: (727) 733-0429, bluejays.com

Today: vs. Astros, 1:05

Phillies

Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater Tickets: (727) 467-4457,

phillies.com

Today: at Twins, Fort Myers, 1:05

Yankees

Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner Martin Luther King and Dale Mabry), Tampa

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

Today: vs. Orioles (ss), 1:05

Pasco High's Domonic Brown impresses Phillies 02/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 10:29pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Oleg Sosunov brings intrigue to Lightning exhibition opener

    Blogs

    When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked he thought the 6-foot-8 Russian would hit the ceiling of Amalie Arena.

  2. Bears-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 2: When was it over?

    Bucs

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    One moment, the Bears were dinking and dunking their way down the field. The next, they were giving the ball away. In a six-minute stretch over the first and second quarters, they turned the ball over three times. Interception. Fumble. Fumble.

    Jacquizz Rodgers scores a touchdown Sunday in the Bucs' 29-7 win over the Bears in Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  3. Bucs journal: At end of first half, a push for more points pays off

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs weren't perfect on offense in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears, but they came close on one play to set up a 50-yard field goal before halftime.

    Jameis Winston’s 21-yard completion to DeSean Jackson was the Bucs’ longest offensive play in Sunday’s victory over the Bears.
  4. After loss to Bucs, Bears stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback

    Bucs

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears coach John Fox said Monday the Bears will stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback after the former Buc struggled in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.

  5. Rays Evan Longoria, Kahwa Coffee brewing up help for charities

    Blogs

    Rays 3B Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay-based Kahwa coffee roasting company are teaming up for a new blend - aptly called Signature Series No. 3 - that will be sold witth proceeds to benefit Hurricane Irma relief efforts and then local charities.