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Phillies, Pirates Square Off In Spring Opener

Pirates: 70sToday the Phillies open their Spring schedule in Bradenton against the Pirates.

Jamie Moyer goes for the Phillies while Ian Snell toes the rubber for the Buccos. The Phils will also send Joe Blanton, Joe Bisenius, Scott Nestor, Joe Borkowski, Mike Koplove and Jake Woods to the mound. The latter five are bullpen candidates, but think of their chances in order of pitching, and even Bisenius and Nestor aren’t favorites to make the club.

The lineup is close to standard, with Matt Stairs taking designated hitter, Geoff Jenkins playing right field and Eric Bruntlett and Jason Donald playing third base and second base, respectively, for the rehabbing Pedro Feliz and Chase Utley.

Gametime is 1:05 p.m.

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