Phillies Open Series with Marlins in South Florida

Phillies Open Series with Marlins in South Florida

The Phils open their penultimate series before the All Star break on the road tonight in Florida. Vance Worley, fresh off his impressive performance against the Red Sox, takes the mound for the Phils.

Right hander Ricky Nolasco gets the start for the Marlins. Nolasco went the distance in his most recent start, surrendering just five hits en route to picking up the win against Oakland.

Shane Victorino, who leads the Final Vote race for the final spot on the National League All Star team, is out of the lineup with a swollen right thumb. He suffered the injury yesterday against the Blue Jays when he fell awkwardly after making a catch in center. Michael Martinez will take his place tonight.

Charlie Manuel's lineup looks like this:

Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Schneider C, Martinez CF, Worley P.

Gametime is 6:10  

Photo Credit: Howard Smith, US Presswire

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.