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Originally published Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay refutes negative report | Baseball

Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay contends he is fine despite a 10.56 earned-run average this spring and a report quoting two unidentified scouts expressing concern Halladay's velocity is down and his sharpness is off.

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay contends he is fine despite ugly numbers.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner said he is not injured and criticized a report suggesting something might be wrong with him because he has struggled in spring training.

Halladay got rocked for five runs and seven hits before getting yanked in the third inning of Philadelphia's 6-4 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday. A report later surfaced quoting two unidentified scouts expressing concern Halladay's velocity is down and his sharpness is off.

"Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting," Halladay said Thursday. "It couldn't be further from the truth."

Halladay, an eight-time All-Star, has a 10.56 earned-run average in three spring starts. He acknowledged his velocity is down, but said he isn't worried because it is early.

"Yeah, I'm 34 and (with) 2,500 innings, it does take awhile to get going," he said. "I don't pay attention to that. The older you get, the more you throw, the longer it takes you to get yourself going. When I came up, I threw 98 (mph). Last year, I was throwing 92-93.

"It's not unusual. When you get older, it takes you longer."

Halladay is 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA in his two seasons with the Phillies.

Notes

• Detroit's Justin Verlander, last year's American League most valuable player and Cy Young winner, struck out eight in 3-2/3 innings as the Tigers beat Baltimore 4-2 in Lakeland, Fla. He allowed one run and three hits.

Verlander has an 0.93 ERA this spring.

• Ex-Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda seemingly moved a step closer to securing a spot in the New York Yankees' rotation in an 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals in Viera, Fla.

Pineda pitched 3-2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits with one walk. He struck out four.

C.J. Wilson pitched well for the third straight time, helping the Los Angeles Angels defeat Cincinnati 3-1 in Tempe, Ariz. He has allowed one run in nine innings.

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