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3 to watch: The week ahead

Posted on: April 11, 2010 9:13 pm
The Phillies and Blue Jays come home 5-1. The Astros leave home without a win.

The pennants go up in Philadelphia and New York. The roof comes off (so to speak) in Minnesota.

And we're here with the first Sunday night/Monday morning edition of 3 to watch:

1. Last year, the Phillies got so caught up in their home-opening celebrations that they lost two of three to the Braves. They get a smaller ring and a lesser banner this year, but an easier opening opponent. There's a better chance that the celebrations extend to the game this time, with Nationals at Phillies, Monday afternoon (3:05 EDT) at Citizens Bank Park . Cole Hamels and Jason Marquis are the scheduled starting pitchers.

2. Like the Phillies, the Twins had a successful first week on the road. Like the Phillies, the Twins have a celebration planned for Monday. It's the first outdoor opener in Minnesota since 1981, Red Sox at Twins, Monday afternoon (4:10 EDT) at brand-new Target Field . It's Carl Pavano and Jon Lester in the opener, and the Weather Channel is calling for 63 degrees, but with a 40 percent chance of rain. The weather will be a story to watch all season in Minnesota, and we'll also watch to see if the Twins have anything near the home-field advantage they enjoyed at the Metrodome. Chances are, they won't. And chances are, there'll be a lot of nights where the temperature is nowhere near 63 degrees.

3. Andy Pettitte started the last game played at Yankee Stadium in 2009, beating the Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series. Andy Pettitte started the last time the Yankees hosted the Angels, winning Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. So sure enough, on the day the Yankees raise their 27th world championship banner and receive their World Series rings, Andy Pettitte will be on the mound for Angels at Yankees, Tuesday afternoon (1:05 EDT) at Yankee Stadium . Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford will be there. Bernie Williams will be there. And Hideki Matsui will be there, too.
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