Red Sox-Phillies Round Two: Worley vs. Lackey

Red Sox-Phillies Round Two: Worley vs. Lackey

It's not exactly Cliff Lee versus Josh Becket or Cole Hamels versus Jon Lester, but tonight's game featuring Vance Worley (2-1, 2.83) versus John Lackey (5-6, 7.36) counts just as much in the standings as the sexier pitching matchups in this exciting Phillies v. Red Sox series.

Lackey's lucrative five-year, $82 million contract has not been one of the wiser moves The Epstein has made over his career. Lackey has struggled mightily this season and will try his best to keep the hot-and-cold Phillies lineup inside the park on another sticky night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.As we mentioned earlier, Tito is giving Adrian Gonzalez the rare start in right in order to give David Ortiz a couple of plate appearances. We'll also be treated to the joy of watching Papi pay first base tonight.

As for the Phils, they received a pre-game pep talk from Philly's own Bernard Hopkins who was given a personalized jersey that he later joked he'd toss up on eBay. Somebody from Boston is getting knocked out tonight.

Chooch gets the night off after working a brilliant game on Tuesday for Clifton and the Business Person Special date with Cole on Thursday. B-Schneid will handle the catching.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05. Can the Phils finally beat Boston in an interleague series?

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

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


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.