Roy Halladay, perhaps the best pitcher in the American League, was scheduled to start in this series but an ailment took him out of the present rotation.  Toronto won the first two games behind rookie pitchers.  All the two rookies did was strike out 20 in 15 innings while they were on the mound.

Well, we face another rookie this afternoon, lefty Brad Mills.  It is his major league debut.  

Roster Move
Rauuuul was placed on the DL and John Mayberry Jr. recalled from Lehigh Valley.  Todd Zolecki has the complete story.

Signings
We’ve signed 26 of the 49 players selected in the First-Year Player Draft last week. 

Among the top 10: #2, OF Kelly Dugan; #5, LHP Matthew Way of Washington State U.; #10, RHP Joshua Zeid, Tulane U. and #11, SS Nicholas Hernandez, U. of Tennessee.

Deadline for signing players is August 15.

Alumni Coaches
Nick Leyva, Phillies manager in 1989-1991, is the third base coach for the Blue Jays.  The Orioles are in town for three weekend games starting tomorrow night and Juan Samuel, another Phillies Alumnus (1983-1989), is their third base coach.

Tuesday we begin three games in St. Petersburg.  The Rays’ third base coach?  Former Phillie Tom Foley (1985-86).

 

 

 

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