Hard-throwing right-hander Stephen Strasburg (5-3, 2.97) makes his first start against Kyle Kendrick (8-5, 4.45) and the Phillies tonight in the second of three from Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 7:05. (Getty Images)
Preview: For once, Domonic Brown will be the one giving advice on an opposing pitcher. Strasburg and Brown faced off earlier in the the season when the two were in the Eastern League. "Just see the ball and try to get after that fastball, just like they would tell me," Brown told Ryan Lawrence of the Delco-Times yesterday. "He throws hard but he can locate his fastball any time he wants. Plus he's got the off-speed stuff. It's tough to hit a pitcher like that when he's on." ... The Phillies are trying to keep pace with the Braves, who won another one in their final at bat yesterday. Atlanta holds a 2.5-game lead over the reigning division champs. ... Elsewhere, Ryan Howard is expected to make a rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley tonight. Howard, who had his No. 29 retired before yesterday's game in Lakewood, went 1-for-2 with an RBI double for the BlueClaws, giving him 92 RBIs for the Low-A affiliate, which set a franchise record.