Reigning Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum goes in search of his fifth win as Cole Hamels and the Phillies look to get off the schneid in San Francisco.
Howard: Ryan Howard opus is done, but to post 48 hours after the news first broke would be really bush. So I’ve been slicing the main points into 140-character bursts and walking myself through the pros and cons on Twitter, since posting to a mobile phone with one free hand is often the only way to do it these days. Follow me here. On a related note, I’m working on ways to better integrate social networking and Beerleaguer without sacrificing the old-school appeal of the comments thread. You might have seen prompts to sign in using Typepad, Facebook or Twitter. I urge everyone to at least create a Typepad account with your own customizable avatar. Or not. I doubt Clout would do it, but NEPP did it. MPN did it.
Lineups are posted: Standard set against Lincecum, pictured right on the set of "Better Off Dead" (I want my two dollars!)
Lidge update: Mike Drago covered Brad Lidge’s rehab in Reading and reported that he was much sharper than in his one-inning appearance on Friday. “He threw some nasty sliders in striking out the side in the sixth inning; overall he struck out four of seven batters. The only one who reached against him did so on an error.” Drago marked his fastball velocity between 89-91. Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg started for the Senators and lived up to the hype.