02/28/11 6:55 PM EST
Brown off to slow start as he plays with stance
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
"I'm just trying to feel comfortable," he said Monday after a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. "I'm just trying to stay with the same approach. I've been working all winter with it. It's the first couple days I'm seeing pitches. I know it's going to happen. I'm not stressing about anything."
Brown is 0-for-9 with two walks and six strikeouts in three Grapefruit League games. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday.
Brown has been working on his stance since the end of last season. He has tried to lower his hands, and he has not found the perfect spot yet. He held his hands much lower in the batter's box Sunday against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field, where he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He held his hands noticeably higher Monday, but still lower than they were last season when he played with the Phillies.
"I'm moving them around, trying to find a good neutral spot, not too high, not too low," Brown said. "Make sure they feel good and comfortable. The spot I had them today felt really well. Yesterday, it felt like they were too low.
"I felt like I was a left-handed Sammy Sosa, and that's not my style."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he is not concerned with Brown, although Brown is competing for a job on the big league roster. Ben Francisco went 1-for-2 with one RBI and one walk. Francisco is hitting .571 (4-for-7) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBIs and two walks in three Grapefruit League games.
John Mayberry Jr., who also is in the competition, is 1-for-7 with one strikeout and one stolen base in three games.
"I think it's his balance and stuff," Manuel said of Brown. "He's been trying. He's been over-swinging. Today he quieted down some. He kind of slowed down a little bit at the plate."
Brown sounded upbeat after the game. If he is upset or disappointed or frustrated, he is not letting on.
"No, man, no," he said. "I barely ever get frustrated with anything. I know it's a game first. But I'm ready for this thing to start rolling a little bit. I'm getting a little anxious. I'm feeling good in the box."
Anderson lights up radar gun vs. Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Matt Anderson has not pitched in the big leagues since 2005, and has not pitched in the Minors since '08.
But he showed a little something Monday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
He hit 96 mph on the radar gun and retired the three Toronto Blue Jays he faced.
"It was totally awesome," Anderson said. "You can't really put into words what I'm feeling right now, but it was something I've been thinking about the last two years. It felt great. ... I figure I've still got a 103, 104, 105 left in me. I'm pretty excited about where I'm at."
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he sees Anderson getting another chance or two to pitch this spring. Anderson is not in big league camp. He signed a Minor League deal after being out of baseball the past two seasons.
"He got 'em out," Manuel said. "I think we've got to see some more of him. Yeah, he could pitch some more. [Heck], he got three outs."
Anderson is looking for more than an opportunity to pitch.
"My expectation, my goal is to make this team out of Spring Training," he said. "That's the only thing that's on my mind. That's my goal. I plan on doing everything I can to do that."
Anderson is a long shot after being out of baseball so long, but he certainly gave the Phillies something to think about Monday. It would be a remarkable story if he comes back, whenever it might happen.
"I was coaching my kids in Little League," he said. "I've kept my body in shape the whole time. I always knew I could do it. I just had to. I really feel like I've got a lot left in me."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.