Phillies Opening Day 2007

Phillies Opening Day 2007

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Only a handful of months ago, many in Philadelphia vowed to never go watch Brett Myers pitch again.  Today, a packed house at Citizens Bank Park will try to forget the personal fiasco that took place last summer and focus on the pitcher's on field performance.  Myers, who worked hard this off-season and slimmed down, has worked his way back onto fans' good sides; an opening day win sure wouldn't hurt his status.  It was a quick turnaround -- Philly fans are fickle like that -- and certainly his good standing isn't set in stone.  Brett Myers will make his claim today to be a legitimate ace in his first ever opening day start.  Let's start this year out right.

Myers goes up against the great John Smoltz, who hasn't been nearly as great in his three season-opening starts.  Edge: Myers.

Despite the Phillies tremendous history of losing, opening day gives us fans a clean slate of hope.  Bill Lyons puts it nicely.

And yet, I confess, the Fightin's have a way of seducing you. The
people keep coming back for more. For all the civic slurs, for all the
unsavory things said of the Philadelphia fans, also say this: They
could teach loyalty to a dog. Their capacity for pain is without limit.

We'll be there to root, root, root, for the home team.  Look for photos, videos, and stories later today.

Play Ball!

The Phillies opening day roster is still one man shy of the 25 man limit.  Looks like Joe Bisenius may get the call.

The other 24 wearing Phillies uniforms today.

Pitchers: Antonio Alfonseca, Condrey, Adam Eaton, Geoff Geary,
Tom Gordon, Cole Hamels, Ryan Madson, Jamie Moyer, Brett Myers, Segovia
and Matt Smith.

Catchers: Rod Barajas and Carlos Ruiz.

Infielders: Dobbs, Wes Helms, Ryan Howard, Abraham Nunez, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley.

Outfielders: Bourn, Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.

Rehabbing: Right-handers Garcia and Jon Lieber will participate in Monday's Opening Day festivities, then resume
preparations to rejoin the Phillies.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.