Opposing Hitters Said Roy Halladay Looked Filthy Yesterday, So That's Good

Opposing Hitters Said Roy Halladay Looked Filthy Yesterday, So That's Good

We got our first glimpse of 2013 Phillies baseball on our televisions on Saturday and spent Sunday enjoying the sultry sounds of Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen on the old fashioned radio. Nothing overly exciting took place down in Florida this weekend, but all signs seem to be point to the positive, which is all you can hope for out of Spring Training action. Here are a couple of the story lines from their first weekend.

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Roy Halladay said he was feeling good in his first start on Sunday with his velocity sitting right between 89-91, which scouts say is just fine for the first performance of spring. If you'll remember back to last season, Roy's lack of velocity was one of the early signs that something just wasn't right with the ace. So far, so good this spring after just 22 pitches.

Opposing hitters were even more impressed. From Sully:

"He was filthy," said Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, who struck out on a
1-2 changeup in the first inning. “I hadn’t faced him in a couple of
years. He looked good. His fastball was sneaky. It had that late life.
It was sinking and cutting. If he gets better from here, it’s scary.”

Dom Brown has made an early statement in the outfield battle, notching a home run, and putting together four hits in three games (including the intra-squad game). Charlie quote from David Murphy:

"We've got 10 outfielders, and somewhere along the line,
probably about two-thirds of the way through spring training, we're
going to have to make decisions on at least four of them," Manuel said.
"We're going to try to get them all some playing time where we can see
them enough. If somebody jumps out and really gets going, like Brown
right now, the last three days he's really swung good. He's played good
in the outfield, things like that. We could settle on a guy or
something."

And Ryan Howard is looking spry on the base paths.

The Phils are back at it this afternoon with Cliff Lee taking his turn to make our hearts flutter simply by seeing him on the mound. The game against the Tigers is scheduled to air on TCN at 1:05.

Any takeaways from the first weekend that you liked / didn't like?



Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

Best of NBA: Nets end 11-game skid by routing Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece and the Brooklyn Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the New Orleans Pelicans 143-114 on Friday night.

Caris Levert added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Nets, who had seven players in double figures while beating their season high for points by 16. Their 29-point victory was 11 more than their previous largest. They also set season highs for points in the second quarter (37) and points in any quarter with 43 in the third.

Anthony Davis led New Orleans with 22 points and nine rebounds despite leaving in the third quarter with a leg injury. The defeat was a huge comedown for him and the Pelicans a day after he was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans (see full story).

Warriors top Rockets to win 6th straight
HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors used a big third quarter to build a huge lead and coast to their sixth straight victory, 125-108 over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference and All-Star starting guards Stephen Curry and James Harden, the Rockets fell short. Houston, which entered the game leading the NBA with 667 3-pointers, was just 7 of 35 behind the arc. Harden went 0 for 5 and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 3s, missed all seven attempts.

Clint Capela had 22 points and Harden added 17 points with 11 assists for the Rockets, who are third in the West behind Golden State and San Antonio (see full story).

Kemba Walker scores 32 to lead Hornets past Raptors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker scored 32 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 113-78 on Friday night.

Walker, who came in averaging 23 points and looking to earn his first All-Star selection, scored 16 points in the pivotal third quarter, including a four-point play as the Hornets outscored the Raptors 33-15 to build a 25-point lead.

Walker didn't play at all in the fourth quarter after the Hornets stretched their lead to 30. He finished with eight assists.

Frank Kaminsky had a solid night off the bench for the second straight game, scoring 16 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Kyle Lowry had 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 23 points for the Raptors, who have lost two straight (see full story). 

Magic pull away for convincing win over Milwaukee
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Elfrid Payton scored 20 points, Jeff Green added 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench, and the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 112-96 on Friday night.

The Magic, returning home from a 1-5 road trip, played with a small lineup for much of the night and it provided the offense they needed with two of their top scorers out. Orlando had six players in double figures, including starters Aaron Gordon (17), Serge Ibaka (13) and Nikola Vucevic (13).

Orlando shot 46 percent from the field while limiting the Bucks to 41 percent.Jabari Parker led Milwaukee with 25 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks dropped their fourth straight game (see full story). 

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

Social media reacts to Mo Williams' career as a Sixer

It has been a crazy week for former Sixer Mo Williams.
 
Williams retired after last season, but was kept on the Cleveland Cavilers' roster in case his salary would be needed as part of a trade, and he has now been moving all across the NBA.
 
Williams, and the $2.2 million in payroll, was involved in the trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Kyle Korver, then traded to Denver before being waived. The Sixers then joined in and picked up Williams and waived him after less than an hour as they re-signed Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract (see story)
 
Throughout all of this, social media chimed in on the career Williams had as a Sixer.
 

In 2015, before ultimately choosing the Indianapolis Colts, Frank Gore appeared headed to Philadelphia, so, fans settled the debate over who had a better career in Philly with this poll.