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Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay unconcerned about first poor start of spring

LAKELAND — RHP Roy Halladay struggled for the first time this spring, and the Tigers took advantage.

Halladay allowed three runs and six hits, all for extra bases, in five innings of the Phillies' 3-0 loss to Detroit on Saturday.

The former Cy Young Award winner walked two, hit a batter and had no strikeouts.

"I just left some balls over the plate and ran some balls back over the plate," said Halladay, 32, set to make his NL debut when Philadelphia opens the season at Washington on April 5.

He gave up all three runs in the second on a hit batter, walk, triple and groundout.

"My curveball wasn't very good. The changeup was real good, though," Halladay said. "I was real happy with that."

POLANCO PROGRESSES: 3B Placido Polanco said he felt fine after playing five innings in a Triple-A game. Polanco, coming back from a right knee sprain, said he hopes to play today against the Orioles.

MOYER TO START: LHP Jamie Moyer is set to make his first appearance against major-leaguers this spring today.

Jays: Pitcher opts for caution with shoulder

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow said he expects to make his next scheduled start despite being scratched from Friday's game with a sore right shoulder.

Morrow, 25, acquired from the Mariners, said he could have pitched Saturday if it was a meaningful game but decided to rest the shoulder for a few days.

"I don't want to turn what should be a two- or-three-day setback into a two-week setback by going out there and letting it get inflamed," he said. "I just wanted to back off, let it calm down a little bit."

MCGOWAN TO REST: RHP Dustin McGowan was shut down for a week because of a tired arm, one day after pitching in a game for the first time in nearly 21 months. McGowan, 27, coming back from surgery on his shoulder and right knee, said his arm felt "worn out" after Friday's 36-pitch outing.

Yanks: Rotation candidate battered

KISSIMMEE — Yankees RHP Alfredo Aceves hurt his chances of making the rotation in an 8-6 loss to the Astros.

Aceves, vying with RHPs Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes to be the fifth starter, allowed five runs on five hits in 41/3 innings. He had allowed one run in 10 innings going in.

"He wasn't as sharp as he's been," manager Joe Girardi said of Aceves. "He managed to get outs today. You're not always going to have your A stuff."

Girardi said Aceves isn't out of the Yankees' plans if he doesn't win the rotation spot.

FAST FACTS

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Where: George Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa. Today: vs. Tigers, 1:05, Tampa. Information: yankees.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: vs. Orioles, 1:05, Clearwater, MLB Network. Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Today: vs. Red Sox (ss), 1:05, Dunedin. Information: bluejays.com

Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay unconcerned about first poor start of spring 03/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:00pm]
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