The pitching matchup isn't exactly in the Phillies' favor tonight, but the team is 5-0 since the All-Star break in games started by Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley, compared to 3-4 in games started by Halladay/Lee/Hamels.
Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA over his last three starts. On a less inspiring note, he has just three strikeouts and seven walks in those outings. His mound opponent tonight -- bladder-willing -- will be Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90). The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been pushed back each of the last two nights due to a stomach illness. He is 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA in seven regular-season starts against the Phils. He also faced them twice in last year's NLCS, going 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA.
Lineups: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Kendrick P. The new-look Giants are going with Torres CF, Keppinger 2B, Beltran RF, Sandoval 3B, Huff 1B, Schierholtz RF, Crawford SS, Stewart C, Lincecum P.
Trade talk: Ryan Ludwick is not in the starting lineup for the Padres tonight. Jayson Stark has hinted that the Phillies could be after him and San Diego reliever Mike Adams in a package deal. The Phils' interest in Padres closer Heath Bell appears to be waning, though maybe it was never too strong to begin with. Stark adds that the Padres are scouting the IronPigs, where pitchers Phillippe Aumont, Justin De Fratus, and Michael Schwimer are believed to interest the Padres).
Sad news: Unrelated to the Philles, of course, but former Yankees pitcher Hideki Irabu, who also pitched for the Expos and Rangers, was found dead in Japan, apparently from a suicide. He was 42.