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Halladay to face Yanks in Phils debut

Halladay to face Yanks in Phils debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Roy Halladay will make his Phillies debut next week against a familiar foe.

He will open the team's Grapefruit League schedule against the New York Yankees and CC Sabathia at 1:05 p.m. ET Thursday at Bright House Field. Kyle Kendrick, who is competing for a job in the rotation, also will pitch against the Yankees.

MLB.TV and Comcast Sports Net will broadcast the game live. MLB Network and Comcast will rebroadcast the game in prime time.

Halladay, who was acquired in a December trade with Toronto, is 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 37 games (35 starts) in his career against the Yankees.

Phils pitching coach Rich Dubee also announced that left-hander J.A. Happ would start Wednesday's exhibition against Florida State at 7:05 p.m. at Bright House. Dubee said some of the team's younger pitchers in camp also would face the Seminoles.

Left-handers Cole Hamels and Jamie Moyer will pitch Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. in Dunedin, Fla. Right-hander Joe Blanton will pitch March 6 against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. in Bradenton, Fla.

Happ will pitch again March 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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