Grape 1: Astros at Phillies

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The start of Grapefruit League play has arrived, and even Lee Elia is here. The former Phillies manager will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Bright House Field.

Cole Hamels will throw the next pitch, which is significant for a number of reasons. Hamels is in line to make his first-ever opening day start come April 1. Saturday marks the first act under his record six-year, $144 million deal.

Here is your daily skinny on the day's Grapefruit League action...

ASTROS (0-0)

1. Tyler Greene 6
2. Marwin Gonzalez 4
3. Justin Maxwell 8
4. Chris Carter 3
5. J.D. Martinez 7
6. Nate Freiman 0
7. Matt Dominguez 5
8. Carlos Corporan 2
9. Trevor Crowe 9

Pitchers: Lucas Harrell, TBA


1. Ben Revere 8
2. Michael Young 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Darin Ruf 7
6. Domonic Brown 9
7. Laynce Nix 0
8. Yuniesky Betancourt 6
9. Erik Kratz 2

Pitchers: Cole Hamels, B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, Justin De Fratus

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
Radio: 1210 WPHT

In Saturday's Inquirer: Jonathan Papelbon wants more leadership, which probably comes with more health. ... Adam Morgan was sharp in Friday's scrimmage. The pitching prospect is just happy for the chance to impress.

Sunday: Phillies at Tigers (Halladay vs. Verlander) in Lakeland, Fla., at 1:05 p.m.

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