CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Maybe Shane Victorino took Mike Schmidt's thoughts on small ball to heart.
But Victorino twice tried bunting for hits Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. He bunted foul in the second inning before bunting up the first-base line for a hit in the fourth inning.
"It's a little something in the repertoire," Victorino said with a smile.
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Victorino bunted twice for hits last season, zero times in 2009 and nine times in 2008. He had no sacrifice bunts last season, four in 2009 and five in 2008.
"I bunt all the time, what are you talking about?" Victorino said kiddingly.
Told of his numbers last year compared to 2008, Victorino said, "That's pretty bad, isn't it?"
Schmidt recently spoke about players like Victorino and Jimmy Rollins playing small ball, but that was not the impetus for this. Victorino said he spoke with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel before the game about bunting more. It is a conversation they have had in the past.
"He needs to bunt enough just to get the corners up," Manuel said.
Victorino said he is in favor of it.
"I could have two base hits, but I missed the first one," he said.
Could Rollins bunt more, too?
"Jimmy can bunt," Manuel said. "He'll show you that he can handle the bat and bunt good. I think over the course of the last few years ... the six years I've been here, he hasn't bunted much."
Rollins bunted for a combined three hits the previous three seasons. He had four bunt hits in 2007, two in '06, three in '05 and nine in '04.
Dubee impressed with starters early on
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Each of the Phillies' five starting pitchers have made a Grapefruit League start, with Roy Oswalt being the last one Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Bright House Field.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said he has been impressed that his pitching staff has been pounding the strike zone.
"You've got to start in the strike zone," he said. "If you don't start in the strike zone, you're in trouble. We've made some bad pitches ahead [in the count], but that's going to happen."
Phils take care of Blue Jays in 'B' game
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies beat the Toronto Blue Jays in a "B" game Wednesday morning at Carpenter Complex, 8-1.
Jose Contreras, Ryan Madson and J.C. Romero each threw a perfect inning of relief. Contreras struck out one batter and Romero struck out two. Phillies right-hander Drew Naylor started. He allowed one hit, one run and struck out one in two innings. Ryan Feierabend struck out one in two scoreless innings. Michael Schwimer allowed one hit in one scoreless inning.
Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Martinez went 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Carlos Rivero, Matt Miller, Brandon Moss and Cesar Hernandez each had two hits. Matt Rizzotti went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Freddy Galvis went 0-for-3.
The Phillies said catcher Carlos Ruiz left for Panama following Monday's Grapefruit League game for personal reasons. He is expected back Friday. ESPN Deportes reported Ruiz returned home for the birth of his second child. He had a boy. ... Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown did not play Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles at Bright House Field. Brown originally had been in the lineup, but the Phillies replaced him with John Mayberry Jr. Brown is 0-for-12 with eight strikeouts in four Grapefruit League games. He is competing with Ben Francisco and Mayberry for a job in right field. "I just thought I'd give him a break," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said about Brown. "He's going to ride the bus down to Ft. Myers tomorrow. I'll stick him back in there."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.