Newly traded outfielder Matt Holliday is in Tony LaRussa's lineup tonight when the Cardinals pay a weekend visit to Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 7:05. Meanwhile, deadline mania gets hot and heavy with rumors that Ruben Amaro and J.P. Ricciardi have become BFFs.
The day in rampant Halladay speculation: Where to begin. Ah yes: Twitter. In a viral tweet that spread twice as fast as the Kendrick-Willingham outbreak of 7-21, ESPN's Buster Olney, who wrote - for my money - the definitive outline on why the Phillies and Blue Jays match up perfectly and why there's no better time for the Jays to deal their stud right-hander, allegedly reportedly supposedly told ESPN 950 that the long-rumored deal that would send Halladay to Philadelphia will happen, and when it does, it will include Kyle Drabek. On the contrary, Johnathan Mayo of MLB Network tweeted an hour ago that the deal is "nowhere near being done," responding to what was believed to be an earlier report from MLB XM and MLB Network that the two sides reached an agreement, which would include not only Drabek, but possibly tonight's starter J.A. Happ and Dominic Brown. The New York Post went so far as to publish a blog entry announcing "Report: Phillies on the verge of getting Halladay."
Lineups are posted. Happ tries to stay perfect against a new-look Cardinals lineup that features Matt Holliday batting clean-up behind Albert Pujols. The Phillies roll with the usual suspects against Joel Pineiro, who brings a sturdy 3.09 ERA into his start tonight.
Overheard on Twitter: "beerleaguer: Jays scout Ducey advises Ricciardi to deal him to Phils prior to Halladay trade so Phils can bundle him in later deal for Halladay."