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The equipment is getting packed up as the Phillies prepare to head back north to Philadelphia for this weekend's "On Deck" series.  The Phillies will make their last Spring Training road trip of the year as the team heads to nearby Dunedin to take on the Toronto Blue Jays.  Given the team's close proximity, the two teams frequently meet during Spring Training action.

Sean O'Sullivan gets the start for the Phillies.  O'Sullivan was sent to minor league camp earlier this Spring.  Despite being cut, O'Sullivan could find himself in the Phillies plans once again, as the Phillies continue to have to cut other options.  Cliff Lee got hurt.  Chad Billingsley is not ready for Opening Day.  Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was sent to minor league camp.  Kevin Slowey was released this morning.  The options are fewer and fewer.

The Phillies will face Aaron Sanchez once again, whom the team faced on Tuesday.  Though Cole Hamels pitched five days ago as well, he does not get the start today.  Hamels will likely get one more appearance before heading north to start on Monday the 6th, Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies lineup will feature Darin Ruf at first base.  The Phillies seemingly have given up on using Ruf in the outfield.  Despite being the only right-handed bat in the outfield mix, the Phillies seem content in keeping Ruf from getting an opportunity.  Ryan Howard will serve as the team's designated hitter in the likely last designated hitter game this Spring.

Cesar Hernandez will get the start at third base as the Phillies get him used to other positions for his upcoming utility role.  Cameron Rupp starts at catcher and Andres Blanco at second base.  Starters Cody Asche, Chase Utley, and Carlos Ruiz have the day off.

Phillies Lineup:

Blue Jays Lineup:

First pitch: 1:07
TV: None
Radio: webcast


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