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Sold out crowd welcomes Harper to the baseball diamond in Clearwater

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An extra spark was added to the air with the addition of Bryce Harper, who made his Phillies debut today at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. Phillies pitcher, Jake Arrieta got the call for this game on the mound, his second of the Spring Training season.

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We also got to see an old friend on the Blue Jays by the name of Freddie Galvis, who joined the Jays in the off-season. Galvis previously played for the Padres, he signed with the Blue Jays for one year at $4M with a team option for 2020 for $5.5M or a $1M buyout. Freddie was with the Phillies for 6 seasons before being traded to the Padres on 12-15-17 for Enyel De Los Santos.

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Harper batted third in the game, with Rhys Hoskins in the clean-up spot. A sold out crowd filled Spectrum Field to bear witness to Harper’s first official baseball game appearance on the Phillies, even though this is Spring Training. Bryce strolled to the strains of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” theme music for his first at bat. What did he do on his first AB as a Phillie? Well, he walked of course. Last year Harper walked 130 times, his most of his career. Rhys Hoskins promptly homered him in, with his first AB. B Harp would go on to have 2 BB in the game with the 1 R scored on the Hoskins HR.

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The Phils poured it on today coming from a 7-0 deficit, but ended up losing this game 8-7, but with all the substitutions that were made in this game, it only reminded fans that this is Spring Training. Arrieta only pitched 1.2 innings, he was followed by 6 pitchers. The Phils record went to 8-6 with the loss so far this Spring Training season.

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Brian Dawkins, a fan favorite Philadelphia Eagles player, spoke to the Phillies players for an hour prior to game time. He stressed that the game is in the player’s hands, not to rely on the manager to make things happen. B Dawk also introduced the Phillies to the sold-out crowd at Spectrum Field.

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