Halladay's impressive debut

Roy Halladay threw 24 pitches, struck out three and did not allow a hit today against the Yankees. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- As far as debuts go, this one was fairly anticlimatic, just the way Roy Halladay probably prefers.

Halladay faced seven batters in two innings. The only one to reach base was courtesy of an error.

Halladay threw just 24 pitches (21 strikes) over the two innings with three strikeouts. He was supposed to pitch between 40 and 45 pitches, but apparently Charlie Manuel and Rich Dubee saw enough.

In the first inning, Halladay faced four batters and needed 15 pitches (12 strikes). The only runner to reach base was Jamie Hoffmann on an error by third baseman Placido Polanco. Halladay struck out Jorge Posada and retired Robinson Cano on a hard liner to right field.

Halladay struck out Nick Swisher and Randy Winn looking to begin the second inning. Juan Miranda put the only ball in play, a weak grounder to second base.

He never reached a two-ball count to any hitter.

After he departed for Kyle Kendrick, Halladay walked out to the Phillies' bullpen in left field and reached his quota of pitches in the bullpen.

We'll have more in a little after Halladay talks in the clubhouse.