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2012 Phillies Spring Training: New York Vs. Philadelphia Preview And Week Schedule

It's only March 5th, but today the Yankees will go for their first "sweep" of the year against the reigning NL East champion Phillies.

On Monday, Joe Blanton will take the hill to try and stop the skid at 1:05 p.m. ET on COMCAST.

In the first two meetings, New York has won 8-5 and 7-4 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. So far, Curtis Granderson has appeared to stay hot even through winter, hitting a home run and scoring twice in the first contest. Then yesterday Alex Rodriguez hit a bomb off of Roy Halladay, en route to a 3 for 3 afternoon.

For Philadelphia, Hunter Pence went deep on Sunday in a losing effort off of Freddy Garcia after doing so the day before against Ivan Nova. Jonathan Papelbon has also been a noticeable bright spot in a very small sample size, throwing a 1-2-3 inning on Saturday.

As for the rest of this week's schedule:

Tuesday: Philadelphia at Toronto - 1:05 p.m. ET

A nice time to get a good luck at Jose Bautista, when the games don't count.

Wednesday: Houston at Philadelphia - 1:05 p.m. ET

Hunter Pence gets to play his old mates once again.

Thursday: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia - 1:05 p.m. ET

Interesting to see how much the Pirates have continued to improve under Clint Hurdle.

Friday: Philadelphia at Detroit - 1:05 p.m. ET

Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera get to show off their new one-two combo

Saturday: Baltimore at Philadelphia - 1:05 p.m. ET

The Orioles get a nice test for their young team while the Phillies can find out exactly how they're coming along.

Sunday: Philadelphia at NY Yankees - 1:05 p.m. ET

And we start again...

For more on the Phillies and Spring Training, be sure to check out The Good Phight and SB Nation Philly.