Following an impressive seven-inning start against the Yankees, Kyle Kendrick (4-2, 4.48) hopes to keep up the pace against possible trade target Jake Westbrook (4-4, 4.76) and the Indians. First pitch is 7:05 under bake-oven conditions.
Beerleaguer: I watched this morning's dramatic World Cup win and was thrown off track for the rest of the afternoon. So I never got around to posting. What an unbelievable finish by the U.S., who stayed patient and didn't panic. Anyway, here's a checklist of Phillies items I'd hoped to explore. Charlie Manuel was reportedly miffed after last night's game. Jim Salisbury surmised that he was either irritated about explaining why he used J.C. Romero in the ninth, or that the offense fired blanks for the second-straight game, just as it looked like they'd turned the corner. I'd also hoped to discuss Domonic Brown, who homered twice yesterday and is hitting .368 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 19 games this month. Reading beat writer Mike Drago estimated that his first homer traveled 435 feet to right center. The second went 10 feet deeper. One reader brought up a good point earlier. Going by Baseball America's preseason rankings, Brown may rate as the best prospect in baseball due to the promotions of several players ahead of him (Heyward, Strasburg, Stanton, Matusz, Posey, Alvarez, Feliz, Santana, Escobar, and Smoak, just to name a few). My last topic would have been the idea of reactivating J.A. Happ as a reliever. When I talked to Ruben Amaro Jr. this winter, he didn't close the book on the idea, but said the Phillies prefer him in the rotation. The Phillies have to like what they've seen from Kyle Kendrick, and Happ has had good success in relief.
Dobbs clears: Greg Dobbs has cleared waivers and will accept an assignment to Triple-A. It worked out perfectly for the Phillies. Dobbs can regain his footing with regular playing time and be ready in case they need him. We'll see him again. ... Meanwhile, more IronPigs news. Former first-rounder Joe Savery was demoted to the bullpen after going 1-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 13 starts. He's 24, so there's still a glimmer of hope, but not much.