Phils, Reds Tangle In Grapefruit Opener – Phillies Nation

Phils, Reds Tangle In Grapefruit Opener

Today is the first game of the Grapefruit League season, as the Phillies face the Reds at 1 p.m.

Jamie Moyer gets the ball for the Phils, while Jeremy Affeldt (remember him from the NLDS) gets it for the Reds. Travis Blackley, Ryan Madson and Carlos Carrasco (bumped from Saturday) will also pitch.

What to watch for?

Well, not much, but let’s hope nobody gets hurt. If anything, Blackley will have to make a nice first impression if he wants to get a 25-man roster spot, and Carrasco will begin a 2008 that could end in Philadelphia, if the top prospect plays his cards right.

But really, sit back, carve open a fresh grapefruit, wash it down with some Long Trail Blueberry Wheat beer and enjoy Game 1 of the 2008 marathon, however you will.

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  1. 77 the Buzz

    February 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Postgame show at taking your phone calls

  2. Mike

    February 27, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Blackley pitched 3 innings of 1 hit ball…Hopefully Eaton is crapping his pants about being left out of the rotation.

  3. typhoon

    February 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    If Blackley continues to pitch like this I think he will be on the 25 man roster on opening day, especially if Lidge starts the season on the DL.

    Carrasco pitched a 1-2-3 inning, I wonder if we’ll see him in Philadelphia later in the season.

  4. NateB

    February 28, 2008 at 1:30 am

    carrasco will be here only if we need a starter. otherwise he’ll continue starting in the minors. if all goes well- nobody will get injured all season, and carrasco will take over moyer’s job in 2009.

  5. 77 the Buzz

    February 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Another Postgame show on 77thebuzz today at 345pm after the game on

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