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Park Chan-ho Continues Sharp Display in Exhibition

Park Chan-ho Continues Sharp Display in Exhibition
Staff Reporter

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Park Chan-ho took a big step forward to the fifth starter of the team's rotation for his another solid display.

The 35-year-old right-hander started against the Toronto Blue Jays in an exhibition game and allowed one run on three hits in four innings in a 4-3 loss in Dunedin, Fla. Friday. He pitched 52 and 36 for strikes.

"My changeup worked pretty good today, especially against left-handers," Park said.

He said Phillies' veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer had taught him the changeup a couple of days ago during a bullpen session.

"He threw very good," manager Charlie Manuel told the Philadelphia Daily News.

"He hasn't talked to me about wanting to start. I guess he wants to show me. That's good. Telling me is nothing."

Adding another solid performance to his tally during spring training, he has delivered seven innings and struck out five with a 2.57 ERA, while walking none.

In a four-way competition for the slot, J.A. Happ has been emerging as Park's top competitor, as the lefty threw three scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers Saturday for eight strike outs in eight innings with a 2.25 ERA.

Two-year pro Happ, a Philadelphia third round pick in 2004, appeared in nine games, including five starts, and recorded 1-1 in his big-league career.

Carlos Carrasco, a 21-year-old Venezuelan prospect, has pitched five innings and yielded three runs with a 5.40 ERA, while last season's No. 5 hurler Kyle Kendrick, who logged 21 victories over the last two seasons, had a shaky performance in a game against Team USA, where he lasted 2 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs on as many hits.

After giving up a single to a leadoff hitter Joe Inglett, Park, who was signed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal by the Phillies in December 2008, did not let the Blue Jays hit the ball out of the infield until Aaron Hill hit a double in the fourth.

Next, batter Adam Lind connected a 1-2 pitch for a run-scoring single, but Park induced Lyle Overbay to hit into a double play to end the inning.

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Added: March 9, 2009

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