Saturday, December 20, 2014

Opening day lineups

Welcome to Citizens Bank Park, where the good news is it has stopped snowing. Yes, snowing. The tarp is on the field as of 9:30 a.m. but the expectation is this game will be played without a hitch. OK, it may not exactly be baseball weather.

Opening day lineups

Roy Halladay will make his second consecutive opening day start for the Phillies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Roy Halladay will make his second consecutive opening day start for the Phillies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Welcome to Citizens Bank Park, where the good news is it has stopped snowing. Yes, snowing. The tarp is on the field as of 9:30 a.m. but the expectation is this game will be played without a hitch. OK, it may not exactly be baseball weather.

As expected, Charlie Manuel will field the same starting eight in the exact order he did in Wednesday's exhbition finale.

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Jimmy Rollins 6
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Ben Francisco 9
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Roy Halladay 1

And, for the Astros:

Which Phillies starter is in the best condition for this season?
Joe Blanton
Roy Halladay
Cole Hamels
Cliff Lee
Roy Oswalt

1. Michael Bourn 8
2. Angel Sanchez 6
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Carlos Lee 7
5. Bill Hall 4
6. Chris Johnson 5
7. Brett Wallace 3
8. Humberto Quintero 2
9. Brett Myers 1


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