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Twins 2

(11-14, 4-8 away)

Phillies 10

(9-15, 4-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 25, 2007

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    Phillies 10, Twins 2

    Associated Press

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Chase Utley and Cole Hamels are ready for the regular season. The rest of the Philadelphia Phillies need more work in spring training.

    Utley homered twice and drove in three runs, Hamels pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and the Phillies beat the Minnesota Twins 10-2 on Sunday.

    "It's hard to get your intensity up last week of spring training," Utley said. "Once we get to Philly, that intensity will come back."

    Expected to contend for the playoffs this season, the Phillies are 9-15 this spring.

    Hamels allowed two runs on a pair of solo homers by Luis Castillo and Rondell White. He gave up five hits, struck out six and had no walks in his best outing of the spring.

    Hamels, who had an outstanding rookie season, struggled in his previous three starts and entered with a 7.00 ERA. The left-hander has been working on establishing an inside fastball. All five homers he's allowed this spring were on fastballs that didn't get far enough inside.

    "I was able to execute and my timing was a lot better," Hamels said. "Now I know I'm ready. It's a big help."

    Hamels is on schedule to pitch the second game of the regular season against Atlanta. Brett Myers already was named the opening-day starter.

    Utley hit a three-run homer off Twins starter Ramon Ortiz in the third inning and added a solo shot in a five-run fifth. He leads the team with six homers and 16 RBI while batting .370.

    While Utley is in a groove, the other half of the Phillies' potent 3-4 punch -- Ryan Howard -- is struggling. The reigning NL MVP snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a single in the fifth inning and is batting .231 with two homers and nine RBI.

    Ortiz, slated to be in Minnesota's rotation, was hit hard for the first time since joining his new team. The right-hander allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. Ortiz, who went 11-16 with a 5.57 ERA for Washington last year, came in with a 0.75 ERA and hadn't allowed a run in his last three major league outings this spring.

    Karim Garcia, closing in on earning a roster spot as the Phillies' fifth outfielder, hit a solo homer.

    Game notes


    Vince Vukovich, son of former Phillies coach and player John Vukovich, will throw out the first pitch before next Monday's season opener against Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park. John Vukovich, the longest-serving coach in team history, died March 8. The Phillies also will honor three others who passed away in the offseason: organist Paul Richardson, pitcher Cory Lidle and former All-Star outfielder Johnny Callison. ... Phillies CF Aaron Rowand has been out of the starting lineup for three straight games, though he isn't injured. Rowand has been mentioned in trade rumors all spring and is batting .172 (10-for-58). Manager Charlie Manuel said Rowand just needed a few days off. He's second on the team in at-bats. ... Florida football coach Urban Meyer and his young son visited the Phillies' clubhouse after the game and chatted briefly with Howard and Manuel.

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