The week ahead in Philly sports
Wednesday - Phillies at Braves, 7 p.m.
After a spring training that raised some questions, Roy Halladay will take the mound in the middle game of the Phillies' three-game set against the Braves. Halladay posted a 6.06 spring ERA in 16 1/3 innings of work, but will look to rebound with an effective first start of 2013. Paul Maholm will start for Atlanta.
Wednesday - 76ers at Bobcats, 7 p.m.
The Sixers are riding their first three-game win streak since early February, as they travel to Charlotte to battle the Bobcats for the second game in a row. Jrue Holiday had 14 points and nine assists, and Evan Turner had a game-high 22 points in Saturday's 100-92 win.
Wednesday - Canadiens at Flyers, 7:30 p.m.
The Flyers enter the week just two points behind the Rangers and Islanders for the final playoff spot in the East. A win to close out their five-game homestand would give the Flyers three victories in a row. They will look to avenge a 4-1 loss to Montreal earlier in the season.
Thursday - Phillies at Braves, 7 p.m.
Ryan Howard and the Phils will finish their series with the Braves on Wednesday. The pitching matchup will feature Cliff Lee against Kris Medlen.
Thursday - Flyers at Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.
The Flyers will kick off a three-game road trip in Toronto on Thursday. In two meetings so far this season, the Leafs are 2-0-0 against the Flyers, winning by a combined score of 9-4.
Friday - Royals at Phillies, 4 p.m.
Jimmy Rollins and the Phillies will play their home opener on Friday in an interleague matchup against the Kansas City Royals. Kyle Kendrick is slated to start for the Phils against Wade Davis of the Royals.
Friday - 76ers at Hawks, 7:30 p.m.
The Sixers will travel to Atlanta for the second of four straight road games. These two teams have split the season series so far, with the Hawks taking the last matchup by a score of 107-96.
Saturday - Flyers at Jets, 3 p.m.
The Flyers will be looking for their third win the season against the Jets. The Flyers have outscored Winnipeg 8-4 in the two wins this season, both to prevent back-to-back losses.
Saturday - Royals at Phillies, 7 p.m.
Chase Utley and the Phillies continue their three-game set against the Royals this weekend. John Lannan will get the start for the Phillies and Luis Mendoza will take the hill for Kansas City.
Saturday - 76ers at Heat, 7:30 p.m.
The Sixers will get one final shot to beat the Heat this season. Miami is 3-0 against the Sixers so far this season, but nearly had their 19-game win streak snapped in Philadelphia on March 13. Thaddeus Young's 24 points and 15 boards were not enough in the 98-94 Sixers loss.
Saturday - Union at Crew, 5 p.m.
The Union are coming off their second loss of the season, falling 2-1 to the Red Bulls on March 30. They will take on a tough Columbus team who is 2-1-1 on the young MLS season.