Halladay Hit Hard....Again

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After Roy Halladay struggled on Opening Day against the Atlanta Braves last week, he was hit hard again by the New York Mets for seven runs on Monday and was unable to make it out of the fifth inning. Halladay was behind in the count for most of the evening, throwing first-pitch strikes to just 11 out of the 22 batters. He now has an ugly 14.73 ERA (12 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings) over his first two starts this season. The Phillies have no choice but to hand Halladay the ball every fifth day and pray for improvement. Halladay, 35, earned that right.   

 MLB News & Notes

  • Justin Upton belted his sixth home run in seven games in Monday's win over the Marlins while Paul Maholm threw seven shutout innings.
  • Robinson Cano broke out of his early-season slump against the Indians by going 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and a double.
  • David Freese (back) returned from the disabled list and went 0-for-3 in his return. Freese played seven innings and said he felt good.
  • Starling Marte had his third straight multi-hit game Monday, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk. He used his speed for an aggressive triple against the Diamondbacks, but has not yet stolen a base.
  • Matt Harvey struck out nine batters over seven innings of one-run ball in a win over the Phillies on Monday.  Harvey (0.64 ERA) has allowed only four hits and one run in 14 innings so far this season.
  •  Ryan Braun (neck) went 3-for-4 with two doubles in his return to the Brewers lineup Monday in Chicago.
  • Mitchell Boggs had a performance he won't forget for awhile. Boggs allowed seven runs, six earned, while recording just one out in the ninth inning. At one point, he tried to walk off the mound as he handed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny the ball. But, Matheny came out for a "pep talk" and left Boggs in the game. Wrong move...
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) took 40 grounders Monday. Jeter is targeting a May 1 return, but it's unclear whether he'll get there unless he's able to return to game action shortly.
  • Cody Ross (calf) could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Friday. Ross is 0-for-8 with a pair of strikeouts in his first three games on his rehab assignment at High-A Visalia. It will be interesting to see if Ross is actually activated on Friday since he has yet to play in the field during his rehab.
  • David Ortiz (heels) went 2-for-4 with a single and a double Monday in a simulated game and could be days away from a rehab assignment.
  • John Lackey's (biceps) MRI revealed no tear in his right biceps. Lackey's next start is scheduled for Sunday, but Red Sox manager John Farrell is not ready to commit to Lackey making the start.

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