Phillies' starters are 11-4 with a 3.05 ERA in May. Kyle Kendrick, who is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three outings, is a large reason why.
Preview: Much to the surprise of many, there hasn't been a drastic drop between Roy Halladay and numbers 2-through-5 in the Phillies' rotation. Kendrick (2-1, 5.24) hopes to stay on track tonight against Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89) and the Red Sox in the middle game from Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 7:10 in a game that will air regionally on Fox. ... With Jimmy Rollins back on the DL, the lineup goes Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Ruiz, Castro. Howard has been a hot hitter of late, going two-for-three with a homer last night, raising his line to .310/.359/.503. Very quietly, he's reached base safely in 16-straight games and is hitting .257 against left-handed pitching ... Twitter reports suggested that Wilson Valdez may not arrive in time for the game. Valdez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Lehigh Valley only yesterday. In good news, Ruben Amaro confirmed that Rollins' strain is considered Grade 1 and not as serious as when he first went on the DL.