Morning rundown: Utley ramping up work, Halladay throws bullpen, lineups, Riley Cooper in town

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley talks to the media during spring training in Clearwater, Florida. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

It is a brisk morning here in Clearwater, but the temperature is supposed to work its way up into the 70's eventually. Roy Halladay just threw a bullpen session, his first work off a mound since his tough outing against the Tigers a couple of days ago. He and pitching coach Rich Dubee had discussion about mechanics after it was over. The topic appeared to be Halladay's cutter, which has been a source of disappointment for the righthander thus far this spring. 

Also, Daily News beat writer Ryan Lawrence is reporting exclusively that Chase Utley is making his third straight start. 

In other spring training-ish news, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is apparently taking batting practice with the Phillies prior to today's game against the Pirates. Cooper was drafted by the Phillies out of high school but ended up going to the University of Florida and starring with Tim Tebow. 

Kyle Kendrick is pitching in a minor league game, freeing up Aaron Cook to start against the Pirates. Also scheduled to pitch are Phillippe Aumont, Rodrigo Lopez, Jonathan Papelbon, Jake Diekman and Cesar Jimenez.

Here are today's lineups:

Pirates

  1. Alex Pressley LF
  2. Jose Tabata RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen CF
  4. Brad Hawpe 1B
  5. Neil Walker 2B
  6. Brandon Inge 3B
  7. Clint Barmes SS
  8. Michael McKenry C
  9. Kyle McPherson P
Phillies
  1. Freddy Galvis SS
  2. Michael Young 3B
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Domonic Brown RF
  6. Darin Ruf DH
  7. Laynce Nix LF
  8. Erik Kratz C
  9. Ender Inciarte

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