Roberto Hernandez to start Grapefruit League opener

Roberto Hernandez will start the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Baseball begins Wednesday afternoon, and Roberto Hernandez will be the first Phillie to throw a pitch. The team's likely fifth starter will pitch against Toronto at Bright House Field.

Miguel Gonzalez will make his anticipated debut Thursday after Cliff Lee pitches in Dunedin, Fla., against Toronto. A.J. Burnett's first appearance will come Sunday against his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The full pitching schedule for the first five games (expected innings in parenthesis):

Wed vs. TOR
Roberto Hernandez (2)
Jeff Manship (2)
Antonio Bastardo (1)
Brad Lincoln (1/2)
Jake Diekman (1)
Kevin Munson (1)
Phillippe Aumont (1)

Thurs at TOR
Cliff Lee (2/3)
Miguel Gonzalez (2)
B.J. Rosenberg (2)
Mario Hollands (1/2)
Mike Stutes (1)

Fri vs. DET
Kyle Kendrick (2/3)
Sean O'Sullivan (2/3)
Justin De Fratus (1)
Aumont (1)
Luis Garcia (1)
Cesar Jimenez (1)

Sat at NYY
Ethan Martin (2/3)
David Buchanan (2/3)
Munson (1/2)
Jeremy Horst (1/2)
Shawn Camp (1)
Kenny Giles (1)

Sun vs. PIT
A.J. Burnett (2/3)
Jesse Biddle (2/3)
Jonathan Papelbon (1)
Bastardo (1)
Lincoln (1)
Diekman (1)

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