CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is rounding into form after opening Spring Training with a lower back injury. He pitched 3 2/3 innings Friday night in a 4-4 tie with the Phillies in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.Estrada, who made his second Grapefruit League
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is rounding into form after opening Spring Training with a lower back injury. He pitched 3 2/3 innings Friday night in a 4-4 tie with the Phillies in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.
Estrada, who made his second Grapefruit League start, allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out six. He allowed the run in the third inning when Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco hit his eighth home run of Spring Training.
Franco leads the Majors in homers this spring.
"Hurry up and get to April," Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson said about Franco's latest homer. "I don't think he'll stop, but hurry up and get here."
"I felt good," Estrada said after throwing 59 pitches, 39 strikes. "I still have to catch up a little bit, my body felt pretty good, it's just a comfort level that I need to get to. It's not quite there yet, especially early on, and I felt the same way the first time out ... but the more pitches I threw, the better I felt."
Blue Jays first baseman Casey Kotchman hit a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning against Hellickson, who was recently named the Phillies' Opening Day starter.
Blue Jays outfielder Darrell Ceciliani belted a solo shot -- his third home run of the spring -- off Daniel Stumpf in the sixth inning.
The Phillies tied the game with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh against left-hander Brett Cecil, with outfielder Peter Bourjos delivering a two-run homer.
Up next for the Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ will take the mound when the Blue Jays host the Yankees on Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:07 ET (watch live on MLB.TV). Happ is expected to throw upward of 100 pitches in his final lengthy outing of Spring Training, and he will be followed on the mound by Roberto Hernandez and Roberto Osuna. It was unknown which of the regular position players would be in the lineup, but players who started Thursday night -- Kevin Pillar, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, etc. -- likely will get the day off.
Up next for the Phillies: The Phillies are using Saturday afternoon's game against the Tigers at Bright House Field to get a longer look at some of their relief pitchers in camp. Left-hander James Russell (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will start. A slew of relievers are expected to follow. Russell is in camp as a non-roster invitee and has a chance to win one of the final jobs in the Phillies' bullpen. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 ET (watch live on MLB.TV).
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