Preview: A little perspective, courtesy of the folks at The Good Phight. Since the San Diego Padres lost by five last night, the Phillies took the National League lead in run differential. The Phillies have scored 43 runs more than they have allowed, even with the recent drought. ... The Phils are hoping to avoid entering the record books with a record-tying fourth-straight shutout, a mark held by eight other clubs. After falling 3-0 to the Mets in the series finale, it marked the first time the Phillies have been shut out in three consecutive games since 1983. The Phils will also try to snap a streak of 35 innings without scoring against an opposing starter. Right-hander Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31) stands in their way. Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66) tries to rebound from a four-inning, five-run outing against the Red Sox. The Phillies' lead is narrowed to just 1.5 games over the revived Braves, who host the Phils starting Monday.
Notes: The Giants are close to signing Pat Burrell to a minor league contract that would reportedly include an opt-out that would allow Burrell to bolt after two weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal ... Brad Lidge threw a 40-pitch bullpen yesterday and is reportedly targeting a return next week.