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Posted : 2009-03-31 11:03
Updated : 2009-03-31 11:03

Park Heads for Fifth Starter in Phillies


Park Chan-ho

South Korea's top pitcher Park Chan-ho made a brilliant showing in the Philadelphia Phillies' 13-3 victory over the Huston Astros Monday, raising hopes that he could grab the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation.

Park, 35, allowed six hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in the Phils' victory at Bright House Field, according to MLB.com. He is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings in the Grapefruit League.

But the Web site of the Major Leagues said the team's fifth-starter battle has not been decided yet, saying ``Park has been impressive, but so has J.A. Happ, who is 0-0 with a 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.''

``The front-runner? Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee aren't saying.
`We haven't made our minds up yet,' Manuel said. `We're still talking."'

The Associated Press also said, ``Whether it was good enough to win a spot in the rotation is still undecided.''

In 20 innings, Happ has allowed 18 hits, eight runs (seven earned), six walks and four home runs. He has 14 strikeouts. But in 21 1/3 innings, Park has allowed 20 hits, seven runs (six earned), just two walks and one home run. He has 25 strikeouts.

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