- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (AP) - Carlos Carrasco turned in a solid outing on Saturday, giving the top pitching prospect a boost in the race for the Philadelphia Phillies’ open rotation spot.

His performance in the Phillies’ 5-2 victory over Houston was bolstered by another sluggish offensive effort by the Astros.

Carrasco, who is competing with Kyle Kendrick, Chan Ho Park and J.A. Happ for the final spot in the rotation, allowed one run and four hits in three innings against a Houston split squad. He faced a lineup that included Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee and was supposed to be bolstered by the return of Miguel Tejada from the World Baseball Classic.

Instead, Tejada and Lee went a combined 0-for-6 while Berkman fared a bit better with two hits and an RBI.

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