Roy Looks to Start Your Weekend Off Right

Roy Looks to Start Your Weekend Off Right

It's going to be another one of those action packed Philadelphia sports weekends. Head to your local beer distributor and plan accordingly.

Things start out light and easy tonight with Roy Halladay throwing at Citizens Bank Park to kick off the Fightins four-game set with the Chicago Cubs. Then things really get busy tomorrow with the Sixers kicking off their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series against the Bulls in Chicago at 1:00 p.m. on CSN. Then later in the evening both the Phils and Union are in action. Then Flyers wrap things up with the opening game of their Stanley Cup playoff series with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday after another Phils appetizer to start the day.

It's left-hander Paul Maholm (1-2, 8.36) against Roy Halladay (3-1, 1.50) this evening in what looks like could be a chilly Citizens Bank Park. Kulp took a look at the 6-13 Cubs earlier in the day, so go read that for a quick primer.

Stock the fridge. Tip your bartenders. Go team.

7:05 first pitch tonight. Dress warm.

Charlie's lineup: 1. Pierre, 2. Polanco, 3. Rollins, 4. Pence, 5. Victorino, 6. Wigginton, 7. Ruiz, 8. Galvis, 9. Roy


Encouraging Game Note: BAT TO LIFE?: Over their last three games (2-1), the Phillies are hitting .327 (36-110) with 13 extrabase hits (7 2B, 3B, 5 HR) and have scored 20 runs (6.7 runs/game) ... In that same span, the Phils are hitting .435 (10-23) with runners in scoring position ... Through the first 16 games of the season, Philadelphia hit .239 (129-540) with 27 XBH (19 2B, 3B, 7 HR), scored a total of 43 runs (2.7 runs/game) and batted .219 (28-128) with RISP.

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


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.