Jayson vs. Phillies

He’s still wearing a red hat only a white W has replaced the white P.

Jayson Werth faces his former teammates tonight in the first game of a three-game series in Washington, DC. There’s been much media hype about Jayson and the game.  That hype will increase when the Nationals visit Citizens Bank Park for three games starting May 3.  It will be interesting to see the fans’ reaction to a very popular player.

One of the media stories about Jayson was in the Daily News on Monday. Jayson told Sam Donnellon, “I think the bonds I made there are everlasting. When I’m 60, I expect to be back in Philly for alumni weekend and stuff like that.”

ESPN will televise Wednesday’s game nationally.  Of course, MLB.com has both radio and TV packages available for Phillies fans around the world.  The beauty of the internet.

Exclusive Company
J-Roll’s next run scored will be his 1,000th, putting him in exclusive company in Phillies history.  Only three others have tallied that many runs, Mike Schmidt, 1,506 (in 2404 games), Ed Delahanty, 1,365 (1,554 games) and Richie Ashburn, 1,114 (1,794 games).  All three are Hall of Famers.  Tonight’s game for R-Joll will be his 1,504th.

Down On The Farm
3B Ronnie Belliard continued his hot hitting (.533) with two hits as Lehigh Valley won, 4-3, vs. Syracuse in 10 innings . . . 3B Cody Overbeck went 5-for-5, including his third homer as Reading coasted in New Hampshire, 13-1, behind RHs J. C. Ramirez (93-94 mph) and Phillippe Aumont (94 mph) . . . Clearwater lost its first game, 6-5, at Daytona; 1B Joe Savery was 2-3 and saw his average drop to .778 . . . RHP Colby Shreve won his first start as Lakewood beat Greensboro, 2-1 . . . Phillies have 64 players in extended spring training. They began their schedule with two games against the Yankees in Tampa. They will also play the Pirates and Blue Jays.  Home games are every other day starting today at Carpenter Complex, except for Sundays when no games are scheduled. 

This Date In Phillies History
3B Richie Allen hit a homer over the centerfield fence and LHP Chris Short tossed a shutout as the Phillies won the first NL game in the Astrodome, 2-0 over Bill Giles’ Houston Astros.

Alumni Notes
Two recent signees by the Yankees are RHPs Kevin Millwood and Carlos Silva.

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