Twenty-four-year-old non-roster invitee J.A. Happ earns his first spring start when the Phillies host right-hander Matt Albers and the visiting Astros at 1:05 EST. Brett Myers will also start a minor-league game today.
This will be Happ's third appearance in Grapefruit League play, and so far the 6-5 Northwestern University product has looked good, allowing just one run on two hits in 5 2-3 innings. Yesterday, it was Jamie Moyer's time to shine. All he did was toss perhaps the best start by any Phillies pitcher thus far, allowing just two hits in five scoreless frames in a 5-3 loss to the Tigers.
Howard hobbling: According to Phillies.com writer Ken Mandel, Ryan Howard is experiencing some kind of left thigh soreness, and the first baseman is unsure how he suffered it. He's treating it with ice and has it wrapped.