Sunday, March 15, 2015

Brian Bogusevic Cranks a Pair of Homers for Phillies; Angels Stop Red-Hot Royals in 10, Kyle Kubitza Homers, 3-for-5

Players of the Day for Saturday, March 14, 2013

Grapefruit League

Bogusevic: 2HR
With the regular season just a little more than two weeks away, teams are beginning to make adjustments to starting lineups and general rosters, penciling in the names of players who may make an impact come April.

One such name could be Brian Bogusevic, the 31-year-old outfielder that the Phillies acquired from the Cubs during the off-season.

Bogusevic crashed a pair of homers for the Phillies on Saturday in their 5-4 win over the Tigers, both coming off Detroit starter, Anibal Sanchez, who was roughed up for four runs on four hits and a walk in 2 1/3 innings.

After a 2-run blast in the first, Bogusevic delivered a solo shot that put the Phils up 4-1 and sent Sanchez to an earlier-than-expected shower.

In 47 games with the Cubs last season, Bogusevic hit .273 with six homers and 16 RBI. With the Phillies' outfield in somethig of a fluid situation, there's a chance that he'll see some time this season with the big club.

Cactus League

It took an extra inning, but the LA Angels ended the Royals reign of terror over the Cactus League with a 7-6 victory at Surprise Stadium on Saturday.

The Halos roughed up Royal starter, Jason Vargas, for eight hits and three earned runs, but Kansas City eventually tied the game at 6-6 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Daniel Robertson brought home the winning run with a sac fly in the 10th.

Kyle Kubitza, a third baseman with no major league experience, was impressive, getting three hits, including a solo home run. He scored twice as the Angels improved to 5-6, handing the Royals just their second loss of the Spring.

Kansas City, which lost to San Francisco in seven games in last year's world series, have picked up where they left off. Their loss to the Angels made them 10-2, good for a two-game edge over the 6-2 Dodgers in the Cactus League.

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