CLEARWATER, Fla. -- In his latest salvo for the fifth starter's job, Phillies right-hander Chad Durbin took his turn trying to impress the decision-makers.
The results were mixed.
Durbin surrendered three runs on four hits Monday, including a two-run homer, in five innings. He walked two and struck out one, lowering his spring ERA to 6.30.
"He got off to a good start," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Before, he'd come in the game and give up some runs early. [Today], he got in a trouble early, but he got out of it. He threw strikes, moved the ball around. His command was better."
Durbin and Adam Eaton have distanced themselves from a pack that included Travis Blackley, J.D. Durbin and Francisco Rosario. Chad Durbin made 19 starts for the Tigers last season, and would like to resume that role with the Phillies.
"If they're putting your name up there and you're meant to start that day, that's what you're going to do," Durbin said. "I'm kind of blue collar. I'll do what they tell me to do and whatever happens, happens. I can't make that decision or control any of those variables. I'm going to work hard and get stretched out. They get paid to make those decisions."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.