Grapefruit League play may not get underway until Saturday when the Phillies take on the Yankees, but there will be live baseball action today in Clearwater as the Fightins take on the college boys from Florida State. As David Murphy writes about this morning, Buster Posey was sitting across the diamond three years ago in this same exhibition game.
Charlie's first line-up of the season. Note that Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins will not be playing today. J-Roll has a date with the Prez to listen to some Motown.
1. Shane 2. Polly 3. Raul 4. Howard 5. Benny 6. Dom 7. Chooch 8. Pete Orr (2B) 9. Valdez (SS)
According to Jim Salisbury, the following pitchers will get some work in today: "Righthander Drew Naylor will start. Justin De Fratus, Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Eddie Bonine, Juan Perez and Scott Mathieson will all work in the game."
And in case you were wondering, Dom Brown is already killing baseballs.
First pitch scheduled for 1:05 from Bright House Field.
Charlie Manuel signing autographs yesterday photo by the AP