CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It's a brisk morning but the beginning of Grapefruit League play is upon us. And you can expect a large crowd at Bright House Field.
Already this morning, there is a long line outside the box office for best dips at the berm seating. We will have a sellout here for the 1:05 p.m. start -- Phillies vs. Yankees, Halladay vs. Sabathia.
But if you were expecting star power in both the lineups, well, it's not all there. Here are the lineups:
1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Ben Francisco 8
4. Jayson Werth 9
5. John Mayberry Jr. 7
6. Cody Ransom 3
7. Juan Castro 4
8. Brian Bocock DH
9. Carlos Ruiz 2
1. Brett Gardner 8
2. Nick Johnson DH
3. Jorge Posada 2
4. Robinson Cano 4
5. Nick Swisher 9
6. Randy Winn 7
7. Juan Miranda 3
8. Ramiro Pena 6
9. Brandon Laird 5
Roy Halladay will start for the Phillies and go about 45 pitches. He will be followed by Kyle Kendrick, Jose Contreras, Andrew Carpenter and Sergio Escalona.
CC Sabathia, of course, will go for the Yankees.
RANSOM'S FRIENDS IN TOWN
I chatted with Cody Ransom this morning, who said he was surprised to get the start -- especially since it is at first base. Ransom played exactly one game at first base for the Yankees last season.
Yes, Ransom is a former Yankee, having spent parts of the last two seasons in the Bronx. He said he still has a lot of friends in the other dugout. With the Yankees, he had two claims to fame: He recorded the final putout at old Yankee Stadium and was the opening day third baseman at the new Yankee Stadium.
He played in 31 games for the Yankees last season and wasn't on the postseason roster after breaking his foot. He watched the World Series from his home in Arizona, which was tough, he said.
But he'll likely receive a World Series ring from the team that beat the Phillies.
"I hope so," Ransom said. "They asked me for my ring size."
TOMORROW'S TRAVEL ROSTER TODAY
The Phillies will play Toronto in Dunedin, Fla., tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. Ryan Howard, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth are all scheduled to play in the game. Cole Hamels will make his first start of the spring.
Back in Clearwater, the Phillies will play a B game against the Blue Jays. Jamie Moyer will start that one.