Happ, Richmond hit hard in Phillies-Blue Jays' tie

March 18, 2009 6:43:38 PM PDT
J.A. Happ failed to improve his chances of earning the No. 5 spot in the Philadelphia Phillies' rotation, giving up three runs and three hits in four innings of a 7-7 tie with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Happ, competing with veterans Chan Ho Park and Kyle Kendrick for the final spot on the Philadelphia staff, gave up a leadoff double in the third inning to Michael Barrett, then a two-run homer to Brad Emaus. In the fourth, Jason Lane homered.

"It was a little frustrating," Happ said. "But I don't think it was all bad. I think there were some good things. Three hits in four innings or whatever. I think it's a matter of just continuing to trust my stuff and not babying my changeup a little bit. I have to just kind of let it rip."

Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond, who played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, also struggled to impress in his bid for a spot in the rotation.

Richmond entered in the fifth inning needing to retire Phillies pitcher Gary Majewski to end a rally, but Majewski singled to right to tie it 4-all.

Then in the seventh, Richmond gave up a 400-foot, three-run homer to Jayson Werth.

"I just didn't get it in far enough," Richmond said. "I was looking for a jam (and get) a double-play ball there. He's a good hitter. Sometimes you just have to tip your hat, you know? "Overall, I've had better (outings). But I'll take that and move on."

The Jays tied it with a three-run ninth, keyed by a two-run single by Cody Haerther and another RBI hit by Angel Sanchez. Notes: The Blue Jays signed Leon Boyd on Wednesday to a minor league contract. The 25-year-old native of Vancouver, British Columbia, pitched for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. ... Cole Hamels was back with the Phillies after undergoing an MRI on his left elbow Tuesday in Philadelphia. All is said to be normal, and Hamels received an injection to alleviate inflammation. Hamels said he'll be long-tossing Thursday and would miss one scheduled Grapefruit League start.

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