Cliff Lee (12-7, 2.83) tries to pad his impressive 2011 resume tonight when the Phillies and Diamondbacks play the second at Citizens Bank Park. Lefty Joe Saunders (8-9, 3.76) has the honors for the streaking D-Backs.
Preview: To this observer, Lee has become the most exciting player on the Phils. It's no wonder he's become the jersey of choice. Here's what he's done in his first full season as a Phillie: He's got the longest active scoreless streak by a starter for the second time this season, this one at 17 innings; he last allowed a run July 30 against the Pirates. He'll set his career high in strikeouts if he gets just eight more. His five shutouts are the most by a Phillie since Lefty did it in 1982, and he was the first Phil to do it three straight times since Hall of Famer Robin Roberts back in 1950. He's also thrived at home, pitching to a 2.26 ERA. Sufficed to say, he's assembling the best single-season highlight reel from this historically good Phillies club, in my opinion, and I think he's your team MVP at this point.
Ruiz out, Raul sits: Here's the lineup: Rollins SS, Victorino CF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Mayberry LF, Valdez 3B, Schneider C. Chooch was evaluated by doctors and it was reported that he has a testicle contusion. Testicle contusion. Testicle contusion. Testicle contusion. I'm getting woozy. Anyone else?
Transaction: Joe Blanton moves to the 60-day disabled list to clear 40-man roster space for Michael Schwimer. The International League All-Star wears the red pinstripes for the first time tonight, but hopefully Cliff keeps him on the end of the bullpen bench.