Hoping to build on an eight-inning gem against Florida, Cole Hamels (2-1, 3.86) toes the slab in the first of three from Arizona. Former Phillies reclamation project Kris Benson (0-1, 3.00) goes for the Snakes.
Meanwhile back east, Joe Blanton, making his second rehab start, allowed four hits and struck out three over three shutout innings for the Reading Phillies, working out of a first and third jam in the third, using a pick-off at first and two strikeouts. Then, Brad Lidge followed, allowing a hit, a walk, but no runs, in a 20-pitch inning. Needless to say, it would appear both right-handers are on the verge of returning. [Jump to the newest comments]