Preview: Ryan Howard and Chase Utley powered the Phillies past the Twins in Friday's series opener. They'll hope to provide Cole Hamels (6-5, 3.74) with some overdue run support when they face right-hander Kevin Slowey (7-4, 3.84) in the second of three from Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 4:10 in a game televised regionally on Fox. Hamels, who pounded Boston with a 95-96 fastball in his previous start, has received an average of 3.86 runs from his offense. A win would make it four in a row. Unfortunately, the Braves and Mets continue to prevail. The Phillies trail Atlanta by 3.5 games in the suddenly competitive National League East.
Happ update: Making his third rehab start, J.A. Happ allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings (69 pitches), three of the runs coming on a bomb homer in the second.