Kyle Kendrick takes on the Rays in front of the home crowd and Comcast SportNet cameras in a game set to air at 1:05, while Vance Worley has the ball against the Pirates in Bradenton.
Rays at Phillies: Although the Phillies made a series of roster cuts before yesterday’s game, a number of minor leaguers will be in action for today’s splitter, including Jim Murphy and Matt Miller, who will start at 1B and DH, respectively, against the Rays in Clearwater. Murphy, 25, spent all of last season in Clearwater and hit .239/.316/.363. Miller, who's been used mostly as a DH this spring, was reassigned to the minors yesterday. The lineup card reads Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Francisco LF, Young RF, Ruiz C, Miller DH, Murphy 1B and Martinez 2B, taking the field behind Kyle Kendrick, who has quietly had a nice spring. This will be Kyle’s second official Grapefruit League start and third appearance overall. He’s allowed just three hits and hasn’t walked anyone in five innings of work.
Phillies at Pirates: Meanwhile in Bradenton, the Phillies will monitor several key depth players in their game against Pittsburgh. The lineup card reads Orr 2B, Gload DH, Ibanez LF, Howard 1B, Moss RF, Mayberry CF, Valdez 3B, Kratz C, Galvis SS taking the field behind Vance Worley, making his first official start of spring and fourth appearance overall. All parties, including Galvis, are technically still part of Major League camp. Among the veterans, Gload, Mayberry and Valdez are having nice springs.