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Monday, April 8th (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (4-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-4), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) Philadelphia - Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50)

(Sports Network) - Roy Halladay appears as though he is entering the twilight of his outstanding career.

Things are just getting started for youngster Matt Harvey.

Harvey looks to build on an impressive first victory of the season on Monday night when his New York Mets begin a three-game series and lengthy road trip versus Halladay's Philadelphia Phillies.

The 24-year-old Harvey went 3-5 with a 2.73 earned run average in 10 starts a season ago to begin his major league career and he opened up the 2013 season by recording the third double-digit strikeout game of his career with a victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. He fanned 10 over seven innings while scattering one hit and two walks over the scoreless outing.

"He's got a presence on the mound that not everyone has," said New York first baseman Ike Davis. "I'll tell you what, I wouldn't like to hit against the guy."

The right-handed Harvey faced the Phillies twice last season and was solid, going 1-0 with a 2.03 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 13 1/3 total innings.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard went 0-for-5 against him with three strikeouts.

The Phillies, meanwhile, are hoping that Halladay can bounce back tonight after a rough season debut last Wednesday at the Atlanta Braves. The two-time Cy Young Award winner lasted just 3 1/3 innings at damp Turner Field, though nine of those outs were recorded by strikeout.

However, the 35-year-old righty yielded five runs on six hits, two homers and three walks while getting denied his 200th career win.

"I'm frustrated. I should have gone deeper than that," Halladay said of his short outing. "Obviously horrible conditions to pitch in. It made it no fun, but that's no excuse."

Halladay struggled through a shoulder injury last season and went 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA. He also had some issues for a second straight Spring Training and will seek the recapture the form that has led to him going 9-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 12 career outings versus the Mets.

The Phillies hurler will be the first test for the Mets on an upcoming 10-game road trip after they began the season by winning four of six at home over the Padres and Miami Marlins. It marked the first time since 2006 that New York began the season with consecutive series wins.

The Mets need to rally on Sunday to clinch the series over the Marlins as Marlon Byrd smacked a two-run single in the ninth inning off Marlins closer Steve Cishek in a 4-3 win.

"It feels nice to come through," Byrd said.

Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run and Anthony Recker added an RBI for New York.

The Phillies nearly rallied themselves on Sunday versus the Kansas City Royals, but fell a run short in a 9-8 setback.

Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Laynce Nix later hit a run-scoring single with two outs to pull Philadelphia within one. However, following a wild pitch that put runners on second and third, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera struck out Erik Kratz swinging to end the game.

"We didn't tack on runs in the middle innings," said Phillies third baseman Michael Young, who had four of his club's 15 hits. "We have to keep our foot on the gas as the game goes on."

Philadelphia lost two out of three to the Royals, having won Saturday's game when pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a game-winning three-run double in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies began the season by losing two of three in Atlanta.

The Mets won seven of their nine games in Philadelphia last season.

04/08 10:31:46 ET

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tonight at 9:30 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
2nd
UNCW 59
ECU 50
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
4th
CHA 88
UTA 74
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
4th
NOP 70
POR 94
 
4th
CHA 88
UTA 74
 
2nd
HOU 31
ATL 43
 
1st
DAL 15
SAN 15
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
IND
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
MIL
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
4th
AFA 31
WMICH 17
 
9:15pm Tonight
BGU
SALABAMA
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 77
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
 
2nd
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
2nd
DAY 64
BU 55
 
2nd
UNCW 59
ECU 50
 
2nd
CLMB 75
HOF 71
 
2nd
GMAS 70
IONA 62
 
2nd
TOWS 43
LAS 58
 
2nd
MAN 70
MRGST 68
 
2nd
CCST 74
YALE 83
 
2nd
PEPP 54
RICH 60
 
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
 
2nd
KYST 63
TEXAM 56
 
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
2nd
UMKC 63
INCWORD 62
 
2nd
IDST 45
CALST 48
 
2nd
NIOWA 39
IOWA 32
 
2nd
SIUE 31
UWMIL 35
 
1st
TEX 37
LBSU 29
 
Half
TCU 43
TXSA 26
 
1st
ARK 18
SEMIZ 10
 
9:00pm Tonight
NCOL
JVST
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARST
LEH
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
 
9:00pm Tonight
WASH
OKLA
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
STED
 
9:00pm Tonight
WEBER
WLVRN
 
9:30pm Tonight
WVU
NCSU
10:00pm Tonight
SDST
BST
10:00pm Tonight
GONZ
CPSL
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
FRES
10:00pm Tonight
PORT
MNTST
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSNO
TAMCC
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
SDKST
 
11:00pm Tonight
BYU
STAN
11:30pm Tonight
UNLV
UTAH
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
2nd Intermission
CLB 1
CHI 1
 
2nd Intermission
BUF 0
COL 2
 
2nd
PIT 2
FLA 1
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
NYR 0
 
2nd Intermission
MON 2
OTT 1
 
2nd Intermission
TOR 3
PHI 5
 
2nd Intermission
NYI 0
TAM 0
 
2nd Intermission
NJD 0
WAS 2
 
1st Intermission
MIN 2
NAS 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
STL
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
1st
SFX 7
SDC 0