Roy Halladay (1-0, 1.29 ERA) and the hard-hitting Phillies wrap up their opening road trip against Roy Oswalt (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and the winless Astros. First pitch is 2:05 from Houston.
Notes: Last night, Ryan Howard's third home run of the season fueled a 9-6 comeback for the Phils, erasing a five-run Houston third against Jamie Moyer that unfolded in the time it took me to change a diaper. The Phils received multi-hit games from Howard and four others in a 11-hit, 6-walk assault, the fifth time in as many games that the Phils have posted 10 or more hits. Meanwhile on the injury front, Joe Blanton is reportedly recovering quickly from a mild oblique strain. In Clearwater, J.C. Romero (elbow) allowed one hit and struck out two Saturday in a rehab appearance, suggesting that he could be close to returning from the Phillies' bullpen. It was a different outcome for closer Brad Lidge, who was bombed for four earned runs, three hits and a walk in the same game. ... Last night, the Phillies wore throwbacks. I know I was instantly transported back in time to 1965.
Lineups are posted: Standard formation, meaning the Juan Castro watch has now reached five games. The Phillies' utility infielder has yet to appear, suggesting Charlie Manuel will go another season without a middle infield reservist he trusts.