Vance Worley turns in the line of the spring so far

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And then complains about it.

Vance Worley, who was such a nice surprise as a rookie starter for the Phillies last season, struck out eight in four perfect innings Monday in a win over the Pirates. Apparently, though, he would have preferred some grounders.

“It’s too early to strike out a bunch of guys,” Worley said. “I’d rather get contact, because that helps you get deeper into games. Today, I happened to get a lot of swings and misses and some takes in there, too. If they’re going to give them to me, I’ll take them.”

Worley said he was pitching angry today after giving up two runs and five hits in two innings against the Astros in his spring debut last week.

“I sat on my couch and thought about it, even though you’re not supposed to think about it,” he said. “I basically said, `I know I’m better than that.’ I wasn’t going to let it happen again. I had a little fire in me today.”

Worley, 24, went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA last season. He’s expected to serve as the Phillies’ fourth starter behind Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

Report: Blue Jays and Royals making progress on a Francisco Liriano trade

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Royals are making progress on a trade involving starter Francisco Liriano. Morosi notes that other teams are still involved with the Jays on Liriano as well.

Liriano, 33, has struggled mightily this season. He carries a 5.99 ERA with a 70/42 K/BB ratio over 76 2/3 innings. By most metrics, this is one of the worst seasons of the lefty’s career.

The Royals acquired a trio of pitchers earlier this week from the Padres: Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill. Adding Liriano would bolster the team’s rotation depth but might not do much beyond that.

Despite a sluggish start to the season, the Royals went 17-9 in June and are 14-8 in July to put themselves right back in the thick of things in the AL Central. They’re just one and a half games behind the first-place Indians, which explains their aggressiveness leading up to Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

The Marlins are open to trading starter Dan Straily

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Miami Marlins are “now open to trading” starter Dan Straily.

Straily is controllable through 2020 and is a solid mid-to-back rotation starter, so you’d think the Marlins would want to hang on to him, but given that all of the starting pitching available right now comes with a high price tag, the Marlins could probably get a lot in return if they were to deal him.

Straily has a 3.84 ERA and a 107/33 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings this season.