Paul Hagen: Cliff Lee, the most prized pitcher from winter's free-agent class, is scheduled to start against the Rangers on Saturday. In his half-season in the Metroplex, Lee made the same kind of imprint as he did for the Phillies a year earlier.
Paul Hagen: Ben Francisco didn't start yesterday. John Mayberry Jr. did. Mayberry had a pair of walks and a homer that drove in the only runs his team scored.
Paul Hagen: Mike Nesseth, the Phillies' 17th-round draft pick, started an extended spring game earlier this week. As it happened, his catcher was Carlos Ruiz. "His body reminds me of Roy," Ruiz said. That would be Roy Halladay.
Paul Hagen: The Phillies had another sellout last night and there's no end in sight. That implies that it's impossible to attend a game without planning ahead. Which isn't the case.
Paul Hagen: Why in the name of Adam Eaton did a vocal segment of the 127th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park lustily boo as Cole Hamels trudged from the mound last night?
Paul Hagen: As the Phillies open the season with a three-game series against the Astros, Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ed Wade will be wishing each other nothing but the worst.
Paul Hagen covers baseball for the Daily News.