Sunday, May 24, 2015

Grape 2: Phillies at Tigers

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's Roy Halladay day. Well, it's the first of many this spring.

Grape 2: Phillies at Tigers

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. (Matt Slocum/AP)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It's Roy Halladay day. Well, it's the first of many this spring.

Halladay makes his anticipated Grapefruit League debut Sunday in Lakeland, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers. It was last spring when Halladay first showed signs of distress and ultimately a bad back messed with his mechanics and led to a strained muscle in his shoulder.

There may be no player more closely watched this spring in all of baseball than Halladay, the former Cy Young winner and dominant arm.

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

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1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Tyson Gillies 8
3. Carlos Ruiz 2
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Darin Ruf 0
6. John Mayberry Jr. 9
7. Kevin Frandsen 5
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Zach Collier 7

Pitchers: Roy Halladay, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman and Joe Savery.

TIGERS (1-1)
1. Austin Jackson 8
2. Torii Hunter 9
3. Miguel Cabrera 5
4. Prince Fielder 3
5. Victor Martinez 0
6. Andy Dirks 7
7. Alex Avila 2
8. Omar Infante 4
9. Danny Worth 6

Pitchers: Justin Verlander, TBA

First pitch: 1:05 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: 1210 WPHT

In Sunday's Inquirer: Chase Utley played a Grapefruit League game and nothing else mattered. ... Bob Brookover tackles the whole "leadership" issue, using Cole Hamels as an example. ... Michael Schwimer was "surprised" to be traded, but this was a move months in the making.

Monday: Tigers at Phillies (Smyly vs. Lee) in Clearwater, at 1:05 p.m.

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