- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

CLEARWATER, FLA. (AP) - J.A. Happ failed to improve his chances of earning the No. 5 spot in the Philadelphia Phillies’ rotation, giving up three runs and three hits in four innings of a 7-7 tie with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Happ, competing with veterans Chan Ho Park and Kyle Kendrick for the final spot on the Philadelphia staff, gave up a leadoff double in the third inning to Michael Barrett, then a two-run homer to Brad Emaus. In the fourth, Jason Lane homered.

Blue Jays starter Scott Richmond, who played for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, also struggled to impress in his bid for a spot in the rotation. He gave up three runs in 3 1-3 innings.

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