Floyd Keeps Pushing For a Job

Charlie Manuel got his first look at his old team, the Cleveland Indians, in the Phillies third spring training game. He also got a good look at Gavin Floyd, who plans on making it tough for the Phillies to send him back to AAA Scranton. Unfortunately, Floyd's performance wasn't enough as the Phillies lost to Cleveland 5-3, blowing a three-run lead.

Charlie Manuel keeps insisting that spring training is not about winning and losing. He is more interested in getting a look at players, which is what he did Saturday when he saw Gavin Floyd throw three shutout innings against the Cleveland Indians.

Floyd allowed just one hit in his bid to make the Phillies starting rotation. With Vicente Padilla's recurring tendinitis, it's possible that Floyd will start the season in Philadelphia, rather than in Scranton. His start Saturday went extremely well and Floyd remarked that his mechanics were exactly where he wanted them to be. "I felt very consistent out there. Very smooth," remarked Floyd.

The Phillies offense broke their string of 22 scoreless innings with back-to-back RBI singles from Bobby Abreu and Jim Thome. Marlon Byrd, walked with the bases loaded to force across the Phillies other run as they grabbed a 3-0 lead.

Cleveland came back with a pair of two-run homers off Edwin Moreno in the eighth inning.

Pat Burrell missed his second straight game with a bruised thigh, but was available to pinch-hit yesterday. It's possible that he'll return to the lineup Sunday when the Phillies travel to Ft.Myers to play the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Randy Wolf will get the start in Sunday's game.

G.Floyd 3 1 0 0 1 4 0
E.Brito 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
T.Worrell 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
C.Condrey 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
E.Moreno (0-1) 2 4 4 4 0 0 2
D.Giese 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
TOTALS 9 8 5 5 2 7 3

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