Monday, March 2, 2009

Recap: Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay

Ryan Howard belted a two-run homer in Philadelphia's five-run first, as the Phillies upended World Series foe Tampa Bay, 12-5, in Grapefruit League play.

John Mayberry, Miguel Cairo and Ronny Paulino slugged solo homers for the Phillies, who defeated the Rays in the Fall Classic last October for the franchise's first title since 1980.

Kyle Kendrick yielded a run on four hits in 2 2/3 innings on the mound to earn Philly's first win this spring after three setbacks.

Mitch Talbot was touched for five runs on six hits in three innings of work for Tampa, which received a home run apiece from Ray Sadler and Elliot Johnson.

Elliot Johnson launched a two-run shot and Ray Olmedo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for the Rays. Pat Burrell, in his first game against his old club, was 1-for-2.

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