3/29/2013 9:35 P.M. ET
Lee flawless, but offense comes up short
By Mike Radano / Special to MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- If nothing else, Mark Buehrle and Cliff Lee look prepared for the regular season.
In the first of two games at Citizens Bank Park in the On-Deck Series, the two starters set the tone in a fast-paced contest, in which the Blue Jays came out on top, 1-0, against the Phillies on Friday. Neither team hit particularly well, a byproduct of good pitching and chilly conditions.
Blue Jays starter Buehrle worked five strong innings in which he allowed just a pair of hits and struck out five to get the win in his final game of Spring Training. For the Phillies, Lee looked just as strong in four innings of work in which he allowed just one hit and struck out five.
"It felt good," said Lee, who will get his first start of the regular season Thursday in Atlanta. "It's time to get ready for the real games. Physically, I feel good and it's just about executing pitches, and today I was able to do that and hopefully I can carry that into the first game and the rest of the season."
Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia's fifth-inning home run proved to be more than enough to secure a win.
Arencibia hit the first offering from reliever Phillippe Aumont to get the all-important first run. Aumont, who looks to be a key component to the Phillies' needed improvement in the bullpen, settled down and finished the inning without further damage.
The Phillies will open the regular season in Atlanta against their National League East rival, the Braves, on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET, and the Blue Jays will play host to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at 7:07 p.m. ET.
Up next: The Phillies' final game of Spring Training will start at 1:05 p.m. ET at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday against the Blue Jays in the second game of the On-Deck Series. Kyle Kendrick will get the start for the Phillies. Kendrick, slated as the Phillies' No. 4 starter, is 1-2 with a 5.14 ERA this spring. The game can be seen for free on MLB.TV.
Mike Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.