Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Philadelphia Phillies
April 5th, 2012 1:35 pm
April 7th, 2012 7:05 pm
April 8th, 2012 1:35 pm
The Pirates enter the 2012 season after going 72-90 last season, 4th place in the NL Central… The Phillies were 102-60 in 2011, finishing 1st in the NL East but lost in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals… The Bucs finished spring training with a record of 9-18-2… The Phillies went 12-16-4 in ST… The Pirates and Phillies played two exhibition games on Monday and Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park; the Phillies won both games… Slugger Ryan Howard will be out until May with an injury he suffered during Game 5 of the NLDS… Chase Utley is out indefinitely with a knee injury… Manager Charlie Manuel sits at 646 career wins, the most in franchise history… The Phillies have held the best record in baseball the past two seasons… Vance Worley pitches on Sunday so that Cole Hamels can pitch in the Phillies home opener on Monday… The Pirates haven’t lost on Opening Day since 2006.