Roy Halladay allowed just one hit over two innings -- a solo homer to Victor Martinez in the Phillies' 5-5 tie Sunday with the Tigers in Lakeland. A rival scout told CSN's Jim Salisbury that Halladay looked "very good," and new Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter went a step further in his praise.
In Doc's first start of the calendar year, he threw five pitches in a 1-2-3 top of the first. Austin Jackson flew out on the first pitch, Hunter struck out swinging at three straight, then Miguel Cabrera grounded out in an untelevised game.
Ryan Howard greeted Justin Verlander with a double in the second and Freddy Galvis doubled to drive in a run later in the inning.
Halladay struck Prince Fielder out on three pitches to start his second and final inning of work, making it eight pitches, eight strikes, four outs. He then threw his first two balls to fall behind the returning Martinez and gave up the homer to center.
Howard later doubled again. Domonic Brown homered off reliever Al Alburquerque. If you count the intrasquad game Friday, Brown had a 4-for-6 weekend with a homer and two doubles.
Some interesting tidbits from Salisbury and the box score of a game only those in Florida saw...
● Torii Hunter told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly that the Phillies were the first team to contact him this winter, and that he considered signing here.
Hunter would have been a good fit in right field. He might have actually changed the Phils' plans in center if they believed he could for two years play the position where he won nine straight (deserved) Gold Gloves from 2001-09.
● Prospects Tommy Joseph and Tyson Gillies played. Gillies started in center field, batted second and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout and a double off Octavio Dotel. Joseph was 0-for-2 replacing Carlos Ruiz, who hit third.
● Out of the 'pen, Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless inning, J.C. Ramirez was hit around, and Rodrigo Lopez tossed three scoreless frames late in the game.