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Vance Worley makes spring debut today

Likely fifth starter to make spring debut today

Vance Worley. Getty Images.

Vance Worley will make his spring debut today when the Phillies take on the Houston Astros. Worley is a likely fixture in the Phillies starting rotation this season, following Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Last season Worley took the mound with a certain confidence few rookies can exhibit but the question in 2012 will be whether or not he suffers a sophomore slump now that the rest of the league and division have gotten a sense of what he does on the mound.

Perhaps some of those answers will come today, when Worley takes the mound for the first time. Of course, two innings in a spring debut is hardly anything close to enough to predict what will happen during the course of the season, but a solid outing would be a nice way to get started nonetheless.

Today’s pitchers following Worley will be Pat Misch, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Chad Qualls, and Mike Stutes.

Today’s lineup, courtesy of the Phillies:

  1. SS Jimmy Rollins
  2. CF Shane Victorino
  3. RF Hunter Pence
  4. DH Jim Thome
  5. 1B John Mayberry Jr.
  6. LF Laynce Nix
  7. 3B Kevin Frandsen
  8. C Erik Katz
  9. 2B Michael Martinez

You can watch today’s game on The Comcast Network, starting at 1 p.m. The game will be reaired later today on MLB Network (check local listings).