Hamels to start Grapefruit League opener (with complete pitching schedule)

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Cole Hamels will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Yankees. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

This morning, Rich Dubee unveiled the pitching schedule for the first seven Grapefruit League games, starting with Cole Hamels against the Yankees. Five of the first seven games will be televised in the Philadelphia market. 

The Phillies play an exhibition game today against Florida State. Among the intriguing young pitchers scheduled to compete are Austin Hyatt, Jake Diekman and Phillippe Aumont.

The complete schedule for the first week:

Saturday, March 3, vs. Yankees

Pitchers: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Dave Bush, RHP Jonathan Papelbon, RHP Dontrelle Willis, LHP Raul Valdez, RHP Mike Stutes.

TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network

Sunday, March 4, at Yankees

Pitchers: RHP Roy Halladay, RHP Joel Pineiro, LHP David Purcey, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RHP Phillippe Aumont

TV: MLB Network 

Monday, March 5 vs. Yankees

Pitchers: RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Scott Elarton, RHP Austin Hyatt, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP David Herndon

TV: The Comcast Network, MLB Network

Tuesday, March 6, at Blue Jays

Pitchers: LHP Cliff Lee, RHP Kyle Kendrick, LHP Jeremy Horst, RHP Michael Schwimer, RHP J.C. Ramirez, LHP Raul Valdes

TV: None

Wednesday, March 7, vs. Astros

Pitchers: RHP Vance Worley, LHP Pat Misch, RHP Jonathan Papelbon, LHP Dontrelle Willis, RHP Mike Stutes

TV: The Comcast Network, MLB Network (delay)

Thursday, March 8, vs. Pirates

Pitchers: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Dave Bush, LHP Antonio Bastardo, LHP David Purcey, RHP Phillippe Aumont

TV: The Comcast Network, MLB Network (delay)

Friday, March 9, at Tigers

Pitchers: RHP Roy Halladay, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP David Herndon, RHP Brian Sanches, LHP Jeremy Horst, LHP Raul Valdes

TV: None



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