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Young group to vie for Phillies' 5th starter spot

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If the Phillies don't acquire a veteran starting pitcher in the coming weeks, what is Plan B?

Simple: They will have their most critical roster battle of the spring. is looking Tuesday at the biggest roster battles for every team in baseball. Everybody knows that Aaron Nola is a lock to make the Phillies' rotation. Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Nick Pivetta are favorites for three other jobs.

Eickhoff is a favorite because of his solid performance before he battled injuries last season. He posted a 3.