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The Phils let another game slip away as they lose to the Yankees, 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs their split-squad game with the Tigers is rained out, the Phils lose their other split-squad game with the Yankees as the bullpen allow three runs to score late in the game, as they lose 4-3.

The Yankees took the lead in the top of the third as Ramon Flores hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men out, Freddy Glavis hits a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring. The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils would add to their lead one batter later as John Mayberry, Jr. follow with a solo home run of his own, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead. The Yankees would get a run back in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Adonis Garcia hits an RBI single, knocking in Scott Sizemore, who had earlier doubled, making it a 3-2 Phils’ lead, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Yankees would tie the game up at three-all in the top of the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Jose Pirela hits an RBI double, knocking in Gary Sanchez, who had started the inning off with a single, before going on to third base on shortstop Andres Blanco’s missed catch error of the throw into the infield. The Yankees then took the lead two batters later, after Sizemore had walked, as Flores hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Pirela, giving the Yanks a 4-3 lead. That would be the final score as Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery combine for a 1-2-3 ninth, with Montgomery recording his first save of the spring.

Kyle Kendrick pitched three innings, giving up a run on three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Jonathan Papelbon and Mario Hollands combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two hits (one hit each), while striking out four (two batters each) between them. Jeremy Horst collected his first hold of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Phillippe Aumont blew his first save of the spring before taking the lost (0-2, 6.75) as he threw an inning, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Masahiro Tanaka pitched three innings, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Bruce Billings pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Chris Leroux pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. while striking out two. Danny Burawa (1-0, 3.00) got the win as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit. Fred Lewis received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning and a third. Mark Montgomery collected his first save of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with John Mayberry, Jr. leading the team with two hits (Double, Home Run, RBI), with Freddy Glavis (Home Run, RBI), Carlos Ruiz (Home Run, RBI), Ryan Howard (Single) and Marlon Byrd (Double) having the other four Phils’ hits. The Phils also had one walk (Dom Brown) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Andres Blanco) and a passed ball (Lou Marson).

The Phils (1-7-1) play their next Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Orioles (4-2) at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EST. The Phils plan to send to the mound A.J. Burnett while the Orioles plan to counter with Ubaldo Jimenez.

The Phils spring training losing streak continue as they end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils end up in a 2-2 tie with the Braves as their present five-game win-less streak continues.

The Braves took the lead in the top of the fourth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off single by Chris Johnson, a walk by Dan Uggla, sending Johnson up to second base, and, after Andrelton Simmons strikes out, swinging, a one-out single by Steven Lerud, moving up both runners, and with one man out, Joey Terdoslavich hits into an RBI force out, 6-4, scoring Johnson, as Lerud is forced out at second base for the inning’s second out, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead, while Uggla moved up to third base, as Terdoslavich was safe at first. The Phils would tie the game up at one-all in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Kevin Frandsen hits an RBI single, knocking in Bobby Abreu, who was earlier hit by the pitch, then moved up to second base on Darin Ruf’s single, while sending Ruf, who had earlier singled, up to third base, before moving up to second base on the throw to the plate. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with two men on, and with one man out, Tony Gwynn, Jr. hits into an RBI force out, 6-3, knocking in Frandsen, who had started the inning off with a single, moved up to second base on Cameron Rupp’s single, then moved on to third base on Reid Brignac’s sacrifice bunt, 1-3, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead, while sending pinch runner Tyson Gillies, who was pinch running for Rupp, and had moved up to second base on Brignac’s sac bunt, on to third base. The Braves would tie the game up at two-all in the top of the ninth as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Matt Lipka reaches first base on a fielder’s choice ground ball that is hit to second baseman Cesar Hernandez, who then throws home to catcher Tommy Joseph to try and gun down Jose Constanza, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Joseph’s passed ball, soon getting Constanza in a run down between third and home before he is tagged out by pitcher Brad Lincoln, 4-2-5-1, for the inning’s second out. Meanwhile, Lipka would move up to second base on the run down, and attempts to go on to third base, which prompts an errant throw to third to shortstop Andres Blanco covering, allowing Lipka to score on the throwing error. That would be the final score as Shae Simmons threw a 1-2-3 ninth.

Sean O’Sullivan pitched a strong game as he threw three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk, while striking out two. Kevin Munson pitched two innings, giving up a run on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. Antonio Bastardo and Jake Diekman combined for one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Bastardo (2), Diekman (1)) and a walk (Diekman), while striking out two (one batter each) between them. Brad Lincoln received his first blown save of the spring as he pitched one and two-thirds innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball, while striking out a batter. Brandon Beachy pitched three scoreless innings, giving up a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Ian Thomas collected his first blown save of the spring as he threw an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a hit batter, while striking out one. Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit. Anthony Varvaro pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. David Carpenter pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters. Shea Simmons also threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.

The Phils had only five hits in the game, all singles, with Kevin Frandsen (RBI) leading the team with two hits. Bobby Abreu, Darin Ruf and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, while Tony Gwynn, Jr. knocked in the other Phil run on a ground out. The Phils also had a walk (Dom Brown), a hit batter (Abreu) and a stolen base (Brown (1)) in the game, while the defense performed a doubleplay and committed an error (Brad Lincoln).

The Phils (1-6-1) next play two split-squad games tomorrow afternoon, one against the Yankees (4-3) at Bright House Field in Clearwater and one against the Tigers (4-3) at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Both games are to start at 1:05 pm EST.

Moves the Phils have made during the past off-season…

Philadelphia_PhilliesAs the Phils’ 2013 season wounded down, with the club wounding up in fourth place in the five-team NL East with a 73-89, .451 record, 23 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves, the Phils first post-season move was to make interim manager, Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg, the team’s 52nd manager, by signing him to a three-year contract on September 22, 2013. The Phils’ next move was to announce on September 30 that Rich Dubee was not returning as the team’s pitching coach, ending a nine season relationship with the Phils, as the team started to look for a new pitching coach. On that same day, they announced that they were promoting from the team’s Minor League system, Paul Fournier, as the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Doug Lien, who had held that position for the previous six seasons, as the club hopes to improve the team’s overall health.

The Phils next move was to make a shake-up in their 40 men roster as they outrighted infielders Michael Martinez and Pete Orr, right-handed pitcher Zach Miner and lefthander Mauricio Robles on October 3, while, on that same day, the Indians picked up right-hander Tyler Cloyd off of the waiver-wire, while the Astros picked up leftie Raul Valdes, opening up six spots on the roster.

Two days later, on October 5, the Phils announced that they would not be renewing the contract of bullpen catcher, Mick Billmeyer, who had been with the club since 2004, first as the catching instructor, then as the bullpen coach in 2009, before becoming the bullpen catcher in 2012. The next Phils move came from out of the blue as, on October 8, former Phils’ player and one time Phils’ manager, and fan favorite, Larry Bowa, rejoined the team as the new bench coach, while another ex-Phil, Pete Mackanin, would join the team as the new third base coach. The Phils also announced that Steve Henderson would remain as the team’s hitting coach while Wally Joyner would leave as the team’s assistant hitting coach, later being hired by the Detroit Tigers as their new hitting coach, while John Mizerock would later become the new assistant hitting coach and Jesus Tiamo would become the new catcher coach, as Juan Samuel would stay on as the team’s first base coach, while Rod Nichols would remain the bullpen coach.

The next move occurred on October 17 as John Lannan decided to become a free agent after he had been outrighted by the club, after refusing assignment.

Then on November 5, the Phils announced that they were hiring Scott Freedman to help the ballclub better understand the use of analytics in the evaluation of players. Seven days later, on November 12, the Phils announced their first free agent signing, as they signed right fielder Marlon Byrd to a two-year contract worth $16 million dollars. Byrd, who is a right-handed batter, and an ex-Phil, has played in the majors from 2002, having played for the Phils (2002-05), the Nats (2005-06), the Rangers (2007-09), the Cubs (2010-12), the Red Sox (2012), the Mets (2013) and the Pirates (2013), appearing in 1250 games, hitting .280 (1222 for 4367), knocking in 533 RBIs as he scored 600 times. Among his 1222 hits were 252 doubles, 32 triples and 106 HRs, while he has also walked 307 times. The Phils plan to use him in the line-up behind Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, the later of whom the team hopes will bounce back from several injuries plagued seasons and regain his form as the team’s RBI and home runs leader. The Phils next announced on November 15 that they have given four players minor league contracts with invites to spring training: right-hander Shawn Camp, left-hander Cesar Jimenez and outfielders Clete Thomas and Leandro Castro.

The Phils then announced on November 18 that they have resigned present catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year deal worth $26 million dollars with a team option of $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2017. The next day, the team announced that they have signed a minor league contract, with a spring training invitation, to infielder Reid Brignac, who would be competing for a utility infielder position with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis. On November 20, the Phils announced that they were adding four minor league prospects to their 40-man roster to keep them from being picked up by other teams in December’s 5-Rule draft: outfielders Aaron Altheer and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

The following day, November 22, the Phils signed Bob McClure as their new pitching coach, replacing Dubee. On that same day, they announced that they have signed infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract, with an invite to spring training.

On December 4, the Phils made a trade with the Blue Jays, receiving right-handed pitcher Brad Lincoln in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and minor league pitcher Rasmussen. Lincoln, who has pitched for the Pirates and the Blue Jays (2010-13) has appeared in 97 games, 22 of which was as a starter, for a record of 9-11 with a 4.66 ERA. With one career save in two attempts, he has pitched in 220 games, giving up 228 hits, 123 runs, 114 of which were earned, as he struck out 167 batters while walking only 77. The Phils will likely use him in the bullpen. After the trade, the ballclub would sign catcher Wil Nieves to a one-year deal on December 5, as the team’s back-up catcher. Nieves, who has played for the Padres (2002), the Yankees (2005-2007), the Nats (2008-10), the Brewers (2011), the Diamondbacks (2012), the Rockies (2012-13) and the Diamondbacks again (2013), has appeared in 385 games, hitting .242 (249 for 1029), with 46 doubles, 2 triples and 8 home runs, as he knocked in 103 RBIs while scoring 78 times. He has also walked 59 times. On that same day, the Phils signed right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Then, on December 9, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 16-year career with the Blue Jays and the Phils, as he didn’t think he would be able to pitch after his most recent arm injury. Halladay, who said that he had signed a one-day contract with the Blue Jays to end his career as a Jay, and had paid a full page ad in the Philly newspaper thanking the Phils fans for their support during his time as a Phils (2010-13), had appeared in 416 career games, 390 as a starter, with a career record of 203-105, with a 3.38 ERA and a career save, had completed 67 games, 20 for shutouts, as he pitched in 2749.1 total innings, striking out 2117 batters as he walked only 592, as he gave up 2646 hits and 1135 runs, only 1034 of which were earned. He also threw a perfect game and a no-hitter in the post-season, both of which occurred during his first season as a Phil (2010). Thanks for being a member of the Phils, Roy, and being a class act, and wish you luck getting into the Hall.

On December 12, through the Rule 5-draft, the Phils would acquire right-hander Kevin Munson from the Diamondbacks’ Reno club, while they would lose right-hander Seth Rosin to the Mets, who would then trade him to the Dodgers for cash in the major league portion of the draft, and shortstop Jonathan Roof to the Red Sox in the Triple-A part of it, both from their Reading affiliate.

Next, on December 18, the Phils signed a one-year deal with right-hander Roberto Hernandez for $4.5 million dollars, plus performance and award bonuses. Hernandez, who has previous pitched for the Indians (2006-12) and the Blue Jays (2013), has appeared in 216 games, 177 as a starter, with a 59-82 record, with a 4.67 ERA. He will be part of the Phils’ starting rotation, along with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Pettibone.

In January, the Phils made a new TV-deal with Comcast for 25-year, which included broadcasters Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews not returning to the broadcast booth. On the 14, the Phils had four players file for salary arbitration: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry, Jr. and pitchers Antonio Bastardo and Kendrick. The next day, January 15, the Phils announce that former manger Charlie Manuel would be returning to the team as a consultant to general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. On the 17, the Phils announced that two of the four arbitration eligible players have signed one-year deals: Mayberry, who had agreed to a 1.587 million dollar deal, while Kendrick had agreed to one worth 7.675 million. The Phils then signed two minor league deals on the 21, one to veteran right-hander Chad Gaudin, and one to former Phil and veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, with both being given spring training invites. On that same day, the Phils and Bastardo agreed to a one-year contract worth $2 million dollars. Three days later, on the 24, Ben Revere signed a one-year deal with the Phils for $ 1.95 million dollar.

With that, the last bit of news is that the Phils might be replacing Wheeler and Matthews with former Phils Matt Stairs and Jamie Moyer, both of whom have impressed the Phils in their separate interviews to join the broadcast team, and that finally, yesterday, the equipment truck has started heading south for the spring training facilities in Clearwater, Florida from Citizens Bank Park in Philly. It is now six more days before catchers and pitchers are suppose to appear in Clearwater.

Can’t wait for Spring Training to officially start. :-)

Winning streak ends as Jamie Moyer, bullpen, gets lit up by the Cubs as the Phils fall to the Cubbies, 10-5.

The Phils winning streak ends at ten games as Jamie Moyer and the bullpen give up ten runs as the Phils lose to the Cubs, 10-5.

The Cubs took the lead in the fourth, as with the bases loaded via singles to Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Milton Bradley, and with nobody out, Alfonso Soriano hits an RBI single, knocking in Lee, giving the Cubs a quick 1-0 lead, while moving both Ramirez and Bradley up a base. The Cubs then made it 3-0 as the next batter, Jeff Baker, hits a two-run double, scoring both Ramirez and Bradly, as Soriano went on to third base. On the play, Chase Utley committed a fielding error as he is unable to catch the throw into second base by Shane Victorino, which would allow Soriano to score, making it 4-0 Chicago, while Baker moved up to third. The Cubs would make it 5-0 in the fifth as, with two men on, and one man out, Bradley hits an RBI single, scoring Ryan Theriot, who had earlier singled and then stole second base. The Phils would get a run back in their half of the fifth as, with the bases loaded via singles to Pedro Feliz, Paul Bako and pinch hitter John Mayberry, Jr., and one man out, Victorino hits into a force out, 3-6, scoring Feliz from third base, making it a 5-1 Cubs’ lead, as Mayberry is wiped out at second, while Bako moved up to third, putting runners on the corners. The Phils would make it 5-3 in the sixth as, with two men on, and one man out, Feliz hits a two-run single, knocking in Ryan Howard, who had earlier singled, would move up to second on Jayson Werth’s single, before moving to third on Theriot’s throwing error, and Werth, who had earlier singled and had gone to second on Theriot’s error. The Cubs then increased their lead in the seventh as, with two men on, and nobody out, Ramirez hits a two-run double, scoring both Theriot and Lee, who had both walked, making it a 7-3 Cubs’ lead. Three batters later, after the Cubs had loaded the bases via a Bradley walk, and a Soriano singled, that had moved both Ramirez and Bradley up a base, pinch hitter Jake Fox hits a sacrifice fly for the inning’s first out, scoring Ramirez, making it an 8-3 Cubs’ lead. The Phils cut the lead to 8-5 in their half of the seventh, as, with the bases loaded via a single by Victorino, a walk to Howard and a single by Werth, and two outs, Greg Dobbs hits a two-run single, knocking in both Victorino and Howard, while sending Werth over to third. The Cubs added to their lead in the ninth as, with the bases loaded via Andres Blanco being hit by the pitch, a walk to Koyie Hill and a single to Kosuke Fukudome and one man out, Reed Johnson hits an RBI single, knocking in Blanco, making it a 9-5 Cubs’ lead, while sending Hill to third and Fukudome to second base. Two batters later, Lee made it a 10-5 lead with a bases loaded walk, forcing in Hill, while moving up a base both Fukudome and Johnson. That would be the final score as Kevin Gregg pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, recording his nineteenth save of the year.

Jamie Moyer took the lost, as he pitched just five innings, giving up five runs, only four of which were earned, on eight hits and three walks, while striking out three. His record is now 9-7 with a 5.65 ERA. Clay Condrey pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Chad Durbin pitched to five batters, getting none of them out, as he gave up three runs on two hits and three walks. Scott Eyre pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only a hit and a walk, as he struck out one. Brad Lidge pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter, while he struck out two. Ryan Madson pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man he would face. Carlos Zambrano picked up the win as he pitched six and two-thirds innings, giving up five runs, four of which were earned, on ten hits and three walks, while he struck out seven. His record is now 7-4 with a 3.48 ERA. Sean Marshall pitched to one batter, who got a hit. Angel Guzman recorded his ninth hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up just a walk. Kevin Gregg recorded his ninteenth save as he pitched one and one-third scoreless innings, giving up just a walk, while he struck out one.

The Phils had eleven hits in the games. Shane Victornio, Jayson Werth, Greg Dobbs and Pedro Feliz each recorded two hits, with Ryan Howard, Paul Bako and John Mayberry, Jr. getting the other three Phillies’ hits. Dobbs and Feliz both knocked in two runs, while Victorino knocked in one. The Phils will now be trying to rebound as they prepare to build on their recent winning ways.

The Phillies (53-39, 1st National League East) will be playing a make up game with the Padres (37-58, 5th National League West). The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm tonight. The Phils will send to the mound Cole Hamels (5-5, 4.72), who is coming off a no-decision against the Marlins on July 17, where he went five innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk, while he struck out two, in the Phils’ 6-5 extra-innings win. He will once again be going for his sixth win of the year, while trying to continue the dominance that he showed in his last start. The Padres will send to the mound Kevin Correia (6-7, 4.34), who is also coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on July 18, as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and four walks, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 3-1 win. He will be trying to even his record, while hoping to give the Phillies’ offense a bad time. The Phils will once again try to go over .500 at home, while at the same time try to continue their winning ways.

The Phils extend their winning streak to nine games as they club the Cubs, 10-1.

The Phils continue their recent winning ways at home, as they crush the Cubs, 10-1, increasing their winning streak at home to six games and their overall winning streak to nine. They are now a .500 team (23-23) at home.

The Phils took an early lead in the first as, with two men on, and two men out, Raul Ibanez hits a three-run home run, his twenty-fifth home run of the year, knocking in Jimmy Rollins, who had earlier singled, and then went to third on Shane Victorino’s double, and Victorino, who had earlier doubled, making it 3-0 Phils. The Phils increased their lead in the second as, with one man on, and nobody out, Carlos Ruiz hits a two-run home run, his fourth home run of the year, knocking in Pedro Feliz, who had just walked, making it 5-0 Phils. The Phils would then bust it wide open in the fourth. With two men on, and nobody out, Ruiz hits an RBI double, knocking in Jayson Werth, who had earlier walked and had gone to second on Feliz’s single, making it a 6-0 Phils’ lead, and sending Feliz, who had earlier singled, to third. Two batters later, now with one man out, Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Feliz, giving the Phils a 7-0 lead, while Ruiz would move up to third. It would become 8-0 Phils as Cubs’ left fielder Alfonso Soriano committed a fielding error on Victorino’s fly ball, allowing Ruiz to score, while Victorino was safe at second on the two-base error. Chase Utley would make it 9-0 Phils with an RBI single, scoring Victorino, before he would be tagged out at second base when he tried to move up to second on the throw, 9-3. The Cubs would get a run back in the fifth as, with a runner on third, and one man out, Ryan Theriot hits an RBI single, scoring Andres Blanco, who had earlier doubled, and then went to third on Kosuke Fukudome’s ground out, 4-3, making it a 9-1 Phils’ lead. Other than that, Phils’ starter Rodrigo Lopez had an easy six innings, as he gave up only one run on five hits and three walks, before handing the ball over to Chad Durbin in the seventh. In the eighth, Ryan Howard made it 10-1 Phils with a lead-off home run, his twenty-fourth home run of the year. Durbin then proceeded to end the game by pitching a scoreless ninth inning as he got Koyie Hill to hit into a 6-4-3 double play, wiping out at second Soriano, who had earlier singled, to record his first save of the year.

Rodrigo Lopez got the win as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on five hits and three walks, as he struck out five. His record is now 2-0 with an ERA of 2.60. Chad Durbin pitched three scoreless inning, giving up only a hit, while striking out two, as he recorded his first save of the year. Ted Lilly took the lost as he went only four innings, giving up nine runs, only seven of which were earned, on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six. His record is now 9-7 with a 3.59 ERA. Jeff Stevens and Aaron Heilman together pitched three scoreless innings, while striking out two batters (one strikeout apiece). Angel Guzman pitched an inning, giving up a run on one hit while striking out two.

The Phils collected nine hits in the ballgame, with Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz leading the way with two hits a piece, with one of Victorino’s hits being a double, while Ruiz’s two hits were a double and a two-run home run, knocking in three runs. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez and Pedro Feliz had the other five Phils’ hits, with Ibanez’s hit being a three-run home run, and Howard’s being a solo shot. Besides Ibanez and Ruiz’s three RBIs and Howard’s one, Rollins and Utley both knocked in a run, with Rollins’ being on a sac fly. The Phils have now even their record at home as they have won ten of their last eleven home games and thirteen of their last fourteen overall, since being swept by the Braves. They will be trying to make it ten wins in a row tonight.

The Phillies (52-38, 1st National League East) will continue their three-games set with the Cubs (47-44, 2nd National League Central) with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm. The Phils’ starter will be Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.44) who last start, on July 18 against the Marlins, was cancelled due to rain after he had given up two runs in the first inning. He will once again be going for his seventh win of the season. The Cubs will counter with Rich Harden (6-6, 5.06), who is coming off a win against the Nationals on July 16, when he went six innings, giving up no runs on three hits, while striking out seven, in the Cubs 6-2 win. He will be trying for his seventh win as well, while hoping that he will be able to stop the presently hot Phillies’ offense. The Phils will be going for their tenth win in a row tonight, while trying to further increase their lead in the NL East.

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