Tigers rough up Halladay, beat Phillies

Roy Halladay used two meaningful words to alleviate concern over

a terrible outing.

”Nothing hurts,” Halladay said.

Considering he’s coming off an injury-plagued year, that’s

important news for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Ramon Santiago hit a grand slam and Don Kelly also homered off

Halladay, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the

Phillies on Tuesday.

”The results aren’t satisfying and that’s obvious but the work

we’ve done, there’s a lot of progress being made,” Halladay said.

”I just felt lethargic. The good part is there’s no soreness,

nothing hurts. I’ll trade that any day of the week feeling

lethargic over being sore like last spring training where there

were times you’re hurt.”

The Tigers roughed up the Halladay for seven runs in 2 2-3

innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed six hits and

walked four in his poorest outing this spring. He came in with a

2.16 ERA in three starts.

”There’s definitely work to be done, adjustments to be made,”

Halladay said, adding he’s increased the intensity of his workout

program and threw an extra bullpen session between starts. ”Being

that it’s spring training and there’s so much to be worked on, so

much to try and achieve at this point, I felt like it’s more

important to work on this stuff now and I’d rather have that

(feeling) now.”

Manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee seemed more

worried than Halladay about his start.

”He says he’s healthy, he feels good and nothing’s wrong with

him,” Manuel said. ”It concerns me, but I’ve been in the game

long enough that if nothing is wrong with him, just keep working

with him.

Dubee blamed the results on Halladay’s mechanics.

”I would say there’s some concern, but most of it has to do

with him having no tempo to his delivery,” Dubee said. ”Nuances

to delivery, guys fight that all the time.”

Halladay threw a perfect game, tossed a no-hitter in his first

career postseason start, won a National League Cy Young Award and

was 40-16 in his first two seasons in Philadelphia. But last year,

he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA

(4.49) in his career.

Given his problems last year, his age (35) and the amount of

innings (2,687) he’s accumulated in 15 seasons with Toronto and the

Phillies, it’s natural to assume Halladay is on the decline.

Dubee wouldn’t bet against the eight-time All-Star right-hander

regaining his old form.

”His work ethic is still there, his desire is still there,”

Dubee said. ”I’ll take my chances.”

Halladay is entering the final season of a $60 million,

three-year contract extension he signed after being traded to the

Phillies in December 2009. He has a vesting option for $20 million

for 2014, but it’s unlikely he’ll reach it because he has to throw

258 2-3 innings.

All that can wait until the season is over.

”My goal is to get to where the season starts and I can

maintain the strength level the entire season,” Halladay said.

”To do that, I have to build up as much as I can right now.”

Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed three runs – two earned – and

five hits in 3 1-3 innings, and Brayan Pena also went deep. Smyly

hadn’t allowed a run in nine innings before this start.

NOTES: Chase Utley hit his first homer of the spring for the

Phillies. Utley didn’t play any spring games the last two years

because of chronic knee problems. … RHP Tyler Cloyd, RHP B.J.

Rosenberg, OF Tyson Gillies and C Sebastian Valle were among the

players the Phillies optioned to minor league camp. … LHP Raul

Valdes threw three scoreless innings, helping his bid to fill a

spot in Philadelphia’s bullpen. … CF Ben Revere was 3 for 3 with

two doubles, raising his spring average to .372 for Philadelphia.

… Tigers C Alex Avila was 3 for 4 with two doubles. …. The

Tigers will play their annual exhibition game against Florida

Southern College on Wednesday. … The Phillies visit the New York

Yankees for a night game Wednesday.