The World Isn't Ending Because Cliff Lee Is Here to Stop It

The World Isn't Ending Because Cliff Lee Is Here to Stop It

Hey, did you hear? The Philadelphia Phillies have played seven games and the world is coming to an end. Thankfully, Cliff Lee is here today to save us all from destruction.

Lee (1-0, 0.00) will take on New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) on a night with the temperature somewhat resembling the famed "hitting weather." Quite the different climate from Lee's fantastic first outing down in Atlanta last week. Cliff Lee don't worry about the weather.

Here are some fun Lee notes to get you exited about this evening:

Lee has pitched at least 6.0 innings and issued 1 walk or none in each of his last 18 starts (7/04/12-current), which is a new modern-era major league record (since 1900) ... Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997) each made 14 straight starts in which they went 6.0+ with <= 1 walk. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Lee's been real good against the Mets: 4-1, 2.09 in 8 career starts. He's also pitched 8.0 innings and earned the win in each of his last two starts against the Mets in 2012.

7:05 start per usual. You can still probably get a cheap ticket and get your wiener on. For real, it's like 80 degrees right now. Perfect night for some baseball. Get down here.

Get a win tonight from Lee and then hope from a step-up performance from Kendrick tomorrow and things don't seem so bleak.

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Tonight's Lineups:

Phillies

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Michael Young, 3B
6. Domonic Brown, LF
7. John Mayberry, Jr., RF
8. Erik Kratz, C
9. Cliff Lee, P

Mets

1. Collin Cowgill, CF
2. Daniel Murphy, 2B
3. David Wright, 3B
4. John Buck, C
5. Marlon Byrd, RF
6. Lucas Duda, LF
7. Justin Turner, 1B
8. Ruben Tejada, SS
9. Dillon Gee, P

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.