With eyes on the fifth-starter prize, right-hander J.D. Durbin makes his spring training debut against the Pirates today at McKenchie Field. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Brett Myers is scheduled in the B-game at 10 a.m.
Pitching schedule: Durbin will be followed by former Pirate Shane Youman, Joe Bisenius, and J.A. Happ. For Pittsburgh, Ian Snell gets the start, followed by Sean Burnett, Elmer Dessens, Evan Meek, Franquelis Osoria, T.J. Beam and Romulo Sanchez. The Pirates have announced Jimmy Barthmaier, Masumi Kuwata, Casey Fossum, former Phillie Adam Bernero, Mike Thompson, Hector Carrasco and Jesse Chavez will pitch. – Billy Mac
Beerleaguer: Following yesterday's loss, the Phils counterpunch with a couple of loose cannons. I don't know what it is about 'The Real Deal,' but I kinda like the guy. He was a good minor league pitcher until a string of arm problems slowed his career. He's got a promising curveball, and I like that he's a weirdo. Nevertheless, here's another guy who can't throw strikes. I wish he would, because his breaking ball would generate outs from the bullpen. He's out of options, so every start counts. Joe Bisenius, another righty with a good hook, is scheduled. Happ, who was hurt almost the entire season, also goes.