And we're off... Halladay gets the ball vs. CC and the Yanks in Opener
Roy Halladay is not going to avenge the World Series Thursday.
But he is getting the chance to be the first Phillies pitcher to take the ball in a Grapefruit League game. Halladay will make his Phils' debut (at least exhibition debut) Thursday at Bright House Field against the defending World Champion New York Yankees.
Oh, and CC Sabathia is pitching for the Yanks.
It's spring... and the games don't count... but I'm thinking the vibe will be exciting for sure here in Clearwater.
And back in Philly, too. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet at 1 p.m. (It will re-air at 7 p.m. on CSN, and, for out-of-towners, on the MLB Network).
J.A. Happ is starting the day before, in an exhibition contest vs. Florida State Wednesday night. In the first road game, Cole Hamels takes the hill in Dunedin Friday afternoon against Halladay's old team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Also: Kyle Kendrick is scheduled to pitch after Halladay against the Yankees Thursday, as is Andrew Carpenter. Jamie Moyer, who was thought to be behind six weeks ago, is on target to follow Hamels in Friday's game in Dunedin.
After that: Joe Blanton goes Saturday March 6 at Bradenton (Pittsburgh) and then it's believes to be J.A. Happ Sunday at home vs. the Rays.
That would mean Kendrick back up Monday in Tampa (Yankees) since Halladay is on tap to go for a second time on Tuesday in Disney World (Braves).
Got all that straight? Not sure I do. Wheewww.