The Phillies try to prescribe another dose of pain over the National League Central Division when Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.30) meets unbeaten left-hander Chris Narveson (2-0, 3.78) in the second of three from Milwaukee.
Preview: The Phils bring a 7-1 record against the NL Central into the game along with an 11-7 road mark, tied for the best in the league. Blanton makes just his third start following two fairly nondescript outings to open his 2010 campaign. The offense will face the dreaded unknown quantity in Narveson, who's given the mediocre Brewers a boost since joining the rotation. We'll see if Charlie Manuel gives Ben Francisco the nod over Raul Ibanez (.279/.340/.558 in May); Francisco hasn't started since April 26 and has made just 22 plate appearances all season. Several Phillies could return to duty today, including Carlos Ruiz, Juan Castro and Brad Lidge, but all that was unclear as of this writing. Meanwhile, Milwaukee is trying to chip away at a 4-12 mark at Miller Park, by far the worst home record in baseball.