Same sizes. Same expectations. Same spot in the standings. The Red Sox and Phillies kick off their interleague schedules with the first of three from Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is 7:05.
Beerleaguer: I'm so over this. Interleague play. The Red Sox in particular. Pretending this is a big deal. In any event, here's the download: 18-20 record, but the Phils have really struggled against them, lugging a lifetime 17-29 mark into this 47th interleague meeting. And while the Phils are playing their best ball of the season, the Sox have won six of seven after salvaging a two-game split in a 5-3 victory over Tampa. Part of that run also included a three-game sweep of the 22-16 Indians.
So the Phils will need to be prepped for stiffer competition after beating - but not dominating - the lowly Padres, Astros and Cubs in consecutive sets. They're going to be facing better pitching, too, starting with Daniel Bard, followed by John Lester and Josh Beckett, then scheduled to be followed in the homestand by Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson for Washington.
No Polanco in the starting lineup again tonight, and no Charlie Manuel, who is serving his one-game suspension. [Jump to the newest comments]