Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Phils' Durbin has up-and-down outing

Phils' Durbin has up-and-down outing

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.

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español