Halladay appears ready for Opening Day, Phils tie Orioles

PBR - Roy Halladay scattered seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Orioles at Bright House Field in Clearwater.

Phillies Pitching: Halladay looked as if he were in mid-season form, settling down after surrendering a two-run home run in the second inning ... Jonathan Papelbon tossed a scoreless inning and Antonio Bastardo notched a pair of strikeouts ... Jose Contreras struggled in an inning of work, allowing a run on a pair of hits.

Phillies Offense: Jim Thome finished 1-for-3 and collected a pair of RBIs on a double in the second inning ... Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4 and increased his spring batting average to .484 ... Freddy Galvis added three hits in the winning effort.

Let's Review:  Prior to today's contest Chase Utley addressed the media regarding the condition of his knees. He admits he won't be ready for Opening Day, but claims he will contribute this season. He's begun a new exercise regimen and believes he can avoid surgery. "I'm very optimistic this is going to turn out well. But again, it's going to take a little time and I have to do this right. I think it's important, not only for this year, but for the rest of my career. I'm 33 years old. I know some people think that's old, but I still feel like I have a lot of baseball left in me."

On Deck: The Phillies host the Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday at Bright House Field. Joe Blanton is expected to start.

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