Hamels gets nod in Phils' first Grapefruit game
NL East champions set to face Yankees in Tampa on Saturday
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Finally, some baseball.
The Phillies play the Yankees in their Grapefruit League opener Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The Phils play their first Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field on Sunday at 1:05 p.m., which also is against the Yankees.
"Our workouts have been pretty good," manager Charlie Manuel said this week. "They've been going real good."
The Phillies beat the Florida State Seminoles in an exhibition on Thursday at Bright House Field, 8-0.
Consider that their tuneup for the Bronx Bombers.
Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels will start Saturday. Vance Worley, Ryan Feierabend, Brian Schlitter and Mike Zagurski also are scheduled to pitch.
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Manuel posted Saturday's lineup before the team left Bright House Field early Friday for their annual golf tournament:
1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Ross Gload, DH
3) Raul Ibanez, LF
4) Ryan Howard, 1B
5) Ben Francisco, CF
6) Domonic Brown, RF
7) Jeff Larish, 3B
8) Brian Schneider, C
9) Wilson Valdez, 2B
Second baseman Chase Utley is not in the lineup, just like he was not in the lineup Thursday. Manuel said Utley has soreness in his legs and knees, which he attributed to early workouts. Utley declined comment when approached Friday.
Manuel said the star second baseman is not injured and is otherwise fine.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.