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March 23, 2009 - Phillies Breakfast Links

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Japan defeats Team USA in the World Baseball Classic semifinal game, 9-4, with Derek Jeter committing a costly throwing error in the 8th inning.  Jimmy Rollins, the designated hitter, went 4-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base.  Japan will play Korea in the Finals tonight.

And the Phillies were shut down by Josh Beckett and the Red Sox, 3-0.  Brett Myers was disappointed in his performance.

Looks like Jason Donald and John Mayberry will start the year in AAA-Lehigh Valley, so Eric Bruntlett and his beard can get at-bats.

Rich Dubee = Tom Hagen?  Frankly I like the idea of a pitching coach whose sole focus remains on the pitchers.

Mike Koplove still hoping against hope.  So is Lou Marson.

Our old friend Gavin Floyd signs a four year, $15MM extension with the White Sox.  Good luck buddy.

Jamie Moyer, Hall of Fame candidate?  I don't think so, but he's definitely had a really good, interesting career.

Gary "Sarge" Matthews, Sr. is designing and selling a line of men's hats through MLB.  This is simultaneously the greatest and worst event in the history of humankind.