Phillies vs. Braves – 3/1
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. John Mayberry, LF
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Geoff Jenkins, RF
6. Matt Stairs, DH
7. Marcus Giles, 2B
8. Jason Donald, 3B
9. Carlos Ruiz, C
Projected pitchers: Brett Myers, Chan Ho Park, Gary Majewski, Scott Nestor and Blaine Neal.
Today is the last day for Rollins, Victorino, Stairs and Ruiz. They join their respective teams in the World Baseball Classic tomorrow. J.C. Romero already has left to join Puerto Rico.
“I’m looking forward to my mama’s food,” Romero said yesterday. “She’s in Puerto Rico. It’ll be good to see my family and play in front of my Puerto Rican fans, which is very important. I’m going to have fun, and when I come back I’m going to be ready to go.”
Except, of course, won’t really be ready until June 1, when he can return from his 50-game suspension for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing drugs.
“I’m going to go back to the pureness of the game, and that’s competing,” Romero said. “I’m going to leave the political stuff, all the rulings, I can put all that stuff to the side and play the game of baseball.”
Tony Dorsett threw out the first pitch. The Harlem Globetrotters offered a little entertainment before the fifth inning.
Myers allowed three hits and two runs in three innings. Park threw a perfect fourth inning. He’s the last of the four pitchers competing for the fifth starter’s job to pitch.