Braves to face Halladay Tuesday night
This upcoming week should be an interesting one for the Braves, who are scheduled to meet the Phillies and Yankees in a span of three days.
Tuesday night’s matchup against the Phillies at Disney will give the Braves to get their first look at Roy Halladay in a Philadelphia uniform. Halladay, who replaced fellow former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee in the Phillies rotation, will be opposed by Kenshin Kawakami.
As you likely remember Kawakami began showing his “big-game” capabilities when he tossed eight scoreless innings and led the Braves to a 1-0 win over Halladay and the Blue Jays last year.
It seems safe to assume this will be the first of many matchups against Halladay, who has made just this one regular season start against the Braves in his career.
Thursday night’s game against the Yankees in Tampa will pit the Braves against another former Blue Jay. But the storyline following the matchup against A.J. Burnett will certainly be trumped by Jair Jurrjens, who could make his Grapefruit League season debut that evening.
The Braves have not announced that Jurrjens will start. But if his live batting practice sessions go well on Sunday and Tuesday, there’s a good chance that he’ll be making his exhibition season debut against the defending world champions.
Filling Jurrjens’ rotation spot, Kris Medlen will start this afternoon’s game against the Astros. Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Troy Glaus didn’t make this cross-town trip to Kissimmee. But Jason Heyward is once again in the lineup, batting third.
Don Sutton and Jim Powell will be broadcasting today’s game which can be heard on MLB.com by clicking here. If you’re in your car in Atlanta, turn the dial to 680 The Fan.
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