New division, same old ace

Look out, NL East! Here comes longtime AL East-killer Roy Halladay

Updated: February 19, 2010, 7:58 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- He hasn't just gotten traded. He's escaped.

What Roy Halladay just left in the rearview mirror this spring, when he showed up in Phillies camp, was more than merely 12 seasons of heartwarming memories of his life in Toronto.

It was A-Rod . And Derek Jeter. And Big Papi. And Kevin Youkilis. And Evan Longoria. And Brian Roberts. And all their AL East buddies.

It was 22 starts a year against bottomless lineups, in throbbing ballparks where every game was a crusade, ...

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