Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mark Buehrle Shuts Down Phillies in Toronto Shutout; AJ Ellis Slams Angels in Dodger Victory

Players of the Day for Friday, March 29, 2013

American League

With additions to their regulars and pitching staff, the Toronto Blue Jays have built a franchise that will be competitive in the wide-open AL East this coming season.
Buehrle: smokin'

One of those pitching add-ons is starter Mark Buehrle, who went to the mound Friday in his final tune-up and delivered five innings of two-hit ball, blanking the Phillies for five innings en route to a 1-0 Blue Jay win.

Buehrle fanned five and recorded his first victory of the exhibition season in six starts, without suffering a loss.

The 34-year-old veteran played 12 seasons with the White Sox before spending 2012 in a Miami Marlin uniform. With the wholesale restructuring of the Marlins underway during the off-season, Toronto made the move to bolster their rotation, of which Buehrle will be an integral part of this season.

With 174 wins, Buehrle is a workhorse, averaging more than 200 innings over the past 12 seasons.

Ellis: slammin'
National League

A.J. Ellis, the Dodger's stating catcher, stroked a first inning grand slam off Angels' starter, Jason Vargas, catapulting the Dodgers to an early advantage as they held off the Angels, 9-8, for their second straight win.

Ellis was the Dodger starter behind the plate all of 2012. He batted .270 with 13 homers and 52 RBI, appearing in 133 games.

The slam was his first home run of the spring, upping his RBI total to nine while batting .356. Ellis added a single in three at-bats.

While Ellis was solid behind and aside the plate, Josh Beckett struggled on the mound, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits over four innings. Beckett did not issue any walks and struck out five, but did allow a pair of Angel long balls.

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