Preview: Most Major League teams would be glad to have Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34) in their rotation. The right-handed swing man makes his ninth start as the Phillies hope for more success against Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02) and the Padres. First pitch is 4:10 with temperatures once again expected to touch 100 degrees. Kendrick is coming off an excellent seven-inning, one-run effort against the Mets, this despite recording a single strikeout. The contact right-hander has just 27 strikeouts in 67 1-3 innings. ... Other observations: I hate to say it, but the Phils haven't missed Placido Polanco. Michael Martinez got another hit and belted the ball hard for outs in Friday's victory. ... Keep your eye on Ryan Howard, who has quietly fallen into a six-game funk in which he's been punched out nine times and has just two hits. ... The Phils have taken 15-of-17 from the Padres.
Howard sits: Charlie Manuel mixes up the lineup and sits the struggling Ryan Howard. John Mayberry starts at first base: Rollins, Martinez, Victorino, Utley, Ibanez, Brown, Schneider, Mayberry.