Thursday, December 25, 2014

All eyes on Roy Halladay in final Florida game

At last, it is getaway day in Florida. The final day is not without drama. Roy Halladay starts Thursday against his former team as he attempts to alleviate concerns. Ninety pitches, no matter how effective, may not be enough to do that.

All eyes on Roy Halladay in final Florida game

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — At last, it is getaway day in Florida. The Phillies will hop a charter flight after Thursday's Grapefruit League game vs. Toronto and play two more exhibitions in Philadelphia before the real games finally start.

The final day is not without drama. Roy Halladay starts Thursday against his former team as he attempts to alleviate concerns. Ninety pitches, no matter how effective, may not be enough to do that.

The Blue Jays are playing their best hitters against Halladay. They will start Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Adam Lind, J.P. Arencibia, Colby Rasmus, Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio.

No matter what, all eyes are on him.

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Charlie Manuel will start most of his regulars against Brendan Morrow:

1. Ben Revere 8
2. Jimmy Rollins 6
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Domonic Brown 7
6. Laynce Nix 9
7. Freddy Galvis 5
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Roy Halladay 1


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