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Worth noting

• Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay tries to take a step forward Saturday when he pitches in a Minor League game at Carpenter Complex.

He pitched just one inning Sunday because of a stomach virus. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said two more Spring Training starts would be enough for Halladay to be ready to pitch the second game of the regular season, April 3 against the Braves in Atlanta.

• The Phillies released right-hander Rodrigo Lopez on Friday.

"That was probably the toughest for me personally, because I like the guy so much," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We just felt like the people that we had in-house were going to give us a better opportunity to win if we needed them. I didn't want to put him in a position to have to wait three, four, five pitchers down the line. That's not the right thing to do to a guy in this stage of his career."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for
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