DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Cliff Lee missed most of spring training last year with Seattle because of a foot injury. This season, he feels much more settled.
Lee tossed six effective innings, Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Tuesday."I feel like I'm right where I need to be, considering last year I missed basically all of spring training," Lee said. "I feel like I'm right there with everyone else. To be able to go six innings, I felt like I could have kept going. At this point in the spring, that's where you need to be."Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, who had been sidelined by a strained right thigh muscle, was hitless in three-at bats in his spring debut.Lee gave up two runs and four hits, including Rajai Davis' leadoff triple in the first inning and Juan Rivera's homer in the third. Toronto touched up Danys Baez for two runs in the ninth before he closed it out with a double-play grounder."There's always something you can get better at," Lee said. "I think I walked two guys today. Obviously I don't want to do that. I missed location a little more that I would like it but I got away with it."Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was happy with Lee's outing."He's out there to get his work in. He threw (90) pitches today, next time out he'll go 100. He's right on course. That's all we want to see," Manuel said. "He passed the test today. He pumped a lot of fastballs early. Some of them got hit, but that's to be expected."Ricky Romero, who missed his previous turn due to inflammation in his left middle finger, allowed first-inning singles to Ben Francisco and Ryan Howard before Ibanez launched a drive to center. Josh Barfield singled in the third, stole second and scored on Michael Martinez's single for a 4-1 lead."My arm felt great, finger felt great," said Romero, scheduled to start the season opener. "Just made that one bad pitch where I stayed up and Ibanez made me pay there."Blue Jays manager John Farrell said he thought Romero's stuff was "sharp and crisp.""But most important, he felt good," Farrell said.Romero has given up 12 runs and 16 hits over 14 innings in four starts.
RHP Octavio Dotel, pitching for Toronto for the first time since injuring his left hamstring March 8, struck out two in one inning in a minor league game. ... LHP Jo-Jo Reyes starts for the Blue Jays on Tuesday night against Yankees RHP Phil Hughes in Tampa.