CLEARWATER, FL – Ryan Howard hit his first home run of the spring and highly touted Domonic Brown connected twice, leading Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies over the Detroit Tigers 6-1 Tuesday.
Hamels held the Tigers to an unearned run and two hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Howard launched a two-run drive off Justin Verlander. Brown also connected against the Tigers ace and finished 3 for 3 with a walk and four RBIs.
The state Senate is expected to begin voting on budget proposals next week. The proposals assume Republicans will be able approve a pay freeze for all state employees. And Republican leaders have yet to find enough support for that freeze.
The debate over national health care was an issue Tuesday on the floor of the Michigan Senate.
AUDIO: The Senate debated a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would allow Michigan residents to opt out of a national health care plan. Republicans such as Senator Wayne Kuipers say states should resist creating a large new federal bureaucracy.
Governor Granholm is asking the Legislature to act within two weeks on incentives to encourage 47,000 veteran teachers and other state workers to retire. She says that would give school districts time to make a retirement offer and hire replacements for the coming school year.
LAKELAND, FL – Miguel Cabrera hit his first homer of spring training and Scott Sizemore and Brennan Boesch also went deep for the Detroit Tigers as they knocked off the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7, with the wind blowing out on Monday.