CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. strolled through the clubhouse this morning and stopped to look at the lineup card posted on a bulletin board. He saw Shane Victorino leading off.
"Victorino's getting hit," Amaro joked.
It's Brett Myers Day here. The often controversial and always quotable Myers returns as a Houston Astro to face the team with which he spent his first eight seasons in the majors.
When Myers signed his one year, $5.1 million contract with the Astros in the off-season, he promised to "stick it" to the Phillies every time he faces them. Myers has a 6.43 ERA in 14 innings this spring. He has struck out 15 batters while walking 10.
He isn't the only familiar face making a return today: Third baseman Pedro Feliz is also in the starting lineup for Houston. He's wearing No. 77 because his usual No. 7 is retired for Craig Biggio. Feliz signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract in the off-season after the Phillies replaced him with Placido Polanco.
Kyle Kendrick makes his fifth appearance of the Grapefruit League season. In 14 innings, Kendrick has allowed two runs, both in his last start against Baltimore. He remains in a competition with Jamie Moyer for the fifth starter's spot. Moyer pitches Friday night in Tampa against the Yankees.
Roy Halladay takes to the road today as he will pitch in a minor-league game against the Yankees in Tampa. He plans to throw around 100 pitches in his penultimate start of the spring.
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1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Jayson Werth 9
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Ross Gload 3
7. Juan Castro 6
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Kyle Kendrick 1
Following Kendrick on the mound will be Antonio Bastardo and Jose Contreras.