Dueling Aces: Halladay Faces the Fish; Howard Update

Dueling Aces: Halladay Faces the Fish; Howard Update

It's not often a Roy Halladay start takes second billing in Philadelphia -- and we all know what happened last time he and Josh Johnson faced off in the same time slot as a Flyers playoff game -- but despite not being the marquee game on most of your television sets this evening, it is an important one for Charlie Manuel's club.

They're lone win of the season came on opening day when Halladay threw a gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They may need another tonight if they want to add to the win column as the offense has been sputtering out of the gate and the bullpen hasn't fared much better.

In addition to the formidable Johnson on the hill, the Marlins also bring a more potent offense than they put out on the field on Monday. Mike Stanton, now known as Giancarlo Stanton, returns to the lineup for the Fish. He hurts baseballs.

If they drop another game tonight the Phils would fall to 1-4 while a win would bring them only one game below .500 with Cliff Lee tossing tomorrow.

Charlie Manuel is going with yet another new lineup: 1. Pierre, 2. Polanco, 3. Rollins, 4. Pence, 5. Victorino, 6. Mayberry (1B), 7. Ruiz, 8. Galvis, 9. Halladay.

First pitch scheduled for shortly after 7:05. Let's go Phillies/Flyers/Sixers.

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Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

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Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

BOX SCORE

NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds ran for 152 yards, added 49 yards receiving, and scored four total touchdowns to help lead Fordham to a 31-17 win over Penn on Saturday.

Kevin Anderson threw for 231 yards and one TD and Austin Longi added 92 yards receiving for the Rams (2-1).

Edmonds scored three times in the first half and Fordham opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Penn responded late in the third on an Alek Torgersen 2-yard plunge which cut the score to 24-17. The Quakers (0-2) had an opportunity to tie it late but were turned away on downs at the Fordham 27-yard line.

Edmonds added his fourth score on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach.

Torgersen had 125 yards passing for Penn.

Fordham has won three straight in the series and is now 25-2 at home since 2012, third best in FCS during that time frame.

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats. 

Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season. 

Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin. 

Phillies

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF 
4. Maikel Franco, 3B 
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P