Moyer struggles in third start

Jamie Moyer allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)

It was Jamie Moyer's third straight appearance in a "B" game, but it was different from the first two in a couple of ways: First, instead of the minor leaguers he had faced in the first two games, he pitched against a line-up that featured seven Blue Jays regulars, including Lyle Overbay and Jose Bautista. Second, instead of holding Toronto scoreless, he allowed five runs on eight hits in three innings.

Moyer, who is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday against the Tigers in Lakeland, threw between 60 and 70 pitches today in Dunedin.

Moyer is competing with young righty Kyle Kendrick for the final spot in the Phillies' rotation.

Kendrick threw four scoreless innings yesterday against the Orioles and has yet to allow a run this spring.


Pitching today here in Bradenton against the Pirates are Roy Halladay, Chad Durbin and David Herndon.

Here are the probables for the rest of the week:

Tuesday v. Detroit: LHP Cole Hamels, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RHP Danys Baez

Wednesday v. Yankees: RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Jose Contreras, LHP Sergio Escalona, RHP Chad Durbin, RHP David Herndon

Thursday v. Minor Leaguers: LHP J.A. Happ, RHP Brad Lidge

Friday v. Baltimore: RHP Kyle Kendrick, RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Ryan Vogelsong, LHP Antonio Bastardo, RHP Danys Baez, RHP Ryan Madson

Saturday at Detroit: RHP Roy Halladay, LHP Jamie Moyer, RHP Jose Contreras, RHP David Herndon, LHP Sergio Escalona