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Doc on schedule to start season opener April 1

Doc on schedule to start season opener April 1

Doc on schedule to start season opener April 1
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee pinned the pitching schedule to the bulletin board just inside the clubhouse Monday afternoon at Bright House Field.

The way it looks, Roy Halladay will be the Opening Day starter April 1 against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park.

That is no surprise.

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The rest of the rotation -- if it remains in order -- should be Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Hamels is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. Also scheduled to face the Yanks are Vance Worley, Ryan Feierabend, Brian Schlitter and Mike Zagurski.

Blanton will take on the Yankees on Sunday in the home opener at Bright House Field. Also scheduled to pitch Sunday are Justin De Fratus, Michael Schwimer, Ryan Madson, J.C. Romero and Brad Lidge.

Halladay is scheduled to pitch Monday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. Lee is scheduled to pitch March 1 against the Tigers at Bright House Field. The schedule is not posted for the March 2 matchup with the Orioles at Bright House Field, but Oswalt is expected to start.

But before the Phillies open the Grapefruit League schedule, they play an exhibition game Thursday afternoon against Florida State University. Dubee said Drew Naylor will start. Eddie Bonine, Juan Perez, Michael Stutes, Schwimer, De Fratus and Scott Mathieson also will pitch.

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