Kyle Kendrick In the Nighttime

Kyle Kendrick In the Nighttime

I think we can all agree a series victory in San Francisco would be a welcomed occurrence these days. The Phils will attempt to earn the series edge this evening with their ace, Kyle Kendrick, on the hill.

Kendrick (3-1, 2.43) will take on right-hander Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41).

We gave you some positive Cliff Lee notes last night and that turned out just dandy, so let's look at Kendrick's good omen's from the game notes this evening:

Over his last 16 starts (since 8/14/12), Kendrick is 10-4 with a 2.43 ERA which is the 5th best ERA among NL starters over that stretch (min. 75 IP). The guys he trails? Just Clayton Kershaw, Kris Medlen, Matt Harvey, and Clifton Phifer Lee. Kendrick also has an active 23.0 inning scoreless streak on the road with his last run allowed back in September of 2012 in Houston. That's good for the 2nd longest such streak in the bigs trailing only Colorado's Rex Brothers.

Laynce Nix will get the start in right field against the righty Lincecum. Ben Revere is back in CF as well.

10:15 from the west coast. Make yourself a cup of tea and stay up with us.

No News Is No News

The Phillies beats all say not to expect any update on Roy Halladay's visit with the doctor down in L.A. today. What does that meaaaan?

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Expect some things to happen to the site at some point during the game. But don't be scared. We'll get through it together.

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.