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Buchanan keeps up bid for Phils' roster spot

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm •  Published: March 24, 2014

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — David Buchanan kept up his bid for a major league roster spot, striking two over two perfect innings Monday in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-3, rain-shortened win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The game was called with one out in the top of the eighth.

Buchanan pitched for Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley last year and remains in the mix for a bullpen berth. He is to pitch Saturday in Philadelphia's spring-training finale.

"Having the opportunity to throw at home in Philly with the team is just the dream come true," Buchanan said. "I'm going to try to have fun. That's what the game is about."

Philadelphia loaded the bases in the second against Brandon Morrow, scoring on RBI grounders by Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp, then made it 4-0 in the fourth on Tony Gwynn Jr.'s sacrifice fly and Ben Revere's run-scoring single.

Morrow gave up four runs, five hits and three walks in five innings. The right-hander is slated to pitch in the second of two exhibition games Saturday in Montreal against the New York Mets.

Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, slowed by right shoulder soreness, allowed two hits during a scoreless seventh in his first big league exhibition game this year. He pitched in the minors Friday.

The plan is for Janssen to pitch on consecutive days Thursday and Friday.


Matt Tuiasosopo made his first appearance with the Blue Jays, sandwiching a single between two strikeouts. He was claimed last week on waivers from Arizona, while the Diamondbacks were in Australia to play the Los Angeles Dodgers

The outfielder flew from Sydney to Tampa, with a stop in Dallas, a 15-hour flight. He arrived in Florida on Saturday night.

"Took a little bit to get adjusted yesterday," Tuiasosopo said.

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