Vance Worley and R.A. Dickey are teed up for Friday night's 7:10 start as Phillies Baseball enters its second act of 2011. But the big story originates from a series of ESPN reports listing the Phillies as front-runners to land Padres closer Health Bell.
ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Phils, who are believed to be in heavier pursuit of a bullpen piece than a right-handed bat, also have interest in Padres relievers Mike Adams and Chad Qualls. Bell, who is a free agent at the end of the season and is widely expected to be traded away from the dismal Padres, has been connected to a number of teams, including the bullpen-thin Cardinals and weakened Yankees. Since taking over as the Padres closer in 2009, he has 115 saves and a 2.38 ERA. ... As for the game, Charlie Manuel goes with the same magic formula that led to a rout of the Braves on Sunday, which means that Michael Martinez makes another start at third and hits second, with John Mayberry Jr. filling in for Shane Victorino in center field and batting eighth. Enjoy the game everyone.