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Halladay cruises, but Jays fall to Phils

Halladay cruises, but Jays fall to Phils

PHILLIES (ss) 6, BLUE JAYS 1
at Dunedin, Fla.
Wednesday, March 5

Phillies at the plate: After being silenced by Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay for three innings, the Phils tagged right-hander Josh Banks for four runs. In the fifth, catcher Carlos Ruiz and second baseman Chase Utley each contributed two-run doubles off Banks. Valentino Pascucci added a solo home run off Tracy Thorpe in the eighth.

Blue Jays at the plate: In the top of the ninth, top prospect Travis Snider singled home Shannon Stewart. In other offensive highlights, third baseman Scott Rolen tripled in the first and second baseman Aaron Hill chipped in two singles.

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Phillies on the mound: Right-hander Brett Myers spun four shutout innings against Toronto, who managed three hits off Philadelphia's Opening Day starter. Myers, who finished with 43 pitches (31 strikes), recorded seven groundball outs, had one strikeout and walked none.

Blue Jays on the mound: Halladay turned in three crisp innings, finishing with 30 pitches (21 strikes). The right-hander faced the miniumum of nine batters, inducing five outs via ground ball, tallying two strikeouts and yielding just one hit. Banks took the loss after surrendering four runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings.

Grapefruit League records: Phillies 4-3-1; Blue Jays 2-5-0.

Up next: Philadelphia right-hander Adam Eaton is set to start against Tampa Bay when the Phillies host the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. J.C. Romero and Chad Durbin are also scheduled to pitch for the Phillies.

Right-handers Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen are each scheduled to pitch three innings for the Blue Jays in a 1:05 p.m. tilt against the Pirates on Thursday in Bradenton, Fla. Pitchers Randy Wells, Jean Machi and Kane Davis are also slated to appear for Toronto.

Jordan Bastian 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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