Victorino Gets Back to Yard Work, Oswalt Feels Great, Clifton Tonight

Victorino Gets Back to Yard Work, Oswalt Feels Great, Clifton Tonight

After being activated earlier in the day, Shane Victorino will get the start in center and bat fifth tonight as Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.82) and the Phillies take on Matt Garza (4-7, 3.97) and the Cubs. As you can see from the  above photo, taken by the Inquirer's Matt Gelb, Shane is ready to go do some yard work tonight in the Wrigley outfield.

Victorino was curious as to how much a riding lawn mower would cost to purchase, because he's currently paying the hefty price of $75 a week to get his cut. Longtime Phillies beat writer Jim Salisbury then offered to undercut that and mow Shane's lawn for the low, low price of $60 a week -- a flat out bargain. Sully does, after all, know a thing or two about horticulture.

Charlie Manuel said before the game that he's been encouraged by John Mayberry Jr.'s play as of late and he thought about giving him the start tonight, but with right-handed Garza's big hook, he really likes getting lefties in the lineup.

The full lineup: Jimmy Rollins, Michael Martinez, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, Domonic Brown, Carlos Ruiz, and Clifton Phifer Lee.

Oswalt Feels Great

Roy Oswalt threw almost 50 pitches off a mound today at Wrigley and said he feels the best his body has felt since spring training and was very encouraged by his bullpen session. He will throw another bullpen session on Friday, looking to up his pitches to ~60-65, and the next step after that would likely be a rehab start.

An early August return sounds about right if everything continues smoothly.

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Random Coolness: was trying out a new iPhone app prior to this evening's game. Check out this 360 degree view of Wrigley from right above the Phillies dugout.

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.