Phillies Looking for Revenge Against Jays

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The Philadelphia Phillies (37-33) will take on the Toronto Blue Jays (40-34) at 7:07 PM at Rogers Centre.

Cole Hamels (4-3, 4.24 ERA) will face Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59 ERA).

The Phillies seek revenge on the Toronto Blue Jays after last week's three game sweep. The Phillies hope to stay in first place as their lead in the National League East was cut to a half game.

The match-up, Cole Hamels and Ricky Romero, is an exact rematch of game one at Citizens Bank Park, a ten inning Blue Jays victory.

In his start against the Blue Jays, Hamels allowed two runs over six innings. He did not pitch as deep as he would have liked as his pitch count exceeded 110 pitches. Against the Phillies, Ricky Romero pitched seven innings and gave up three runs in the no decision. He struck out nine Phillies, a career high for Romero.

Alex Rios and Vernon Wells are probably the two most feared hitters in the Jays lineup. However, former Phillies Rod Barajas and Scott Rolen destroyed Phillies pitching last week. Barajas was 4-for-9 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Rolen was 6-for-14 with 4 RBI and a home run.

Jimmy Rollins will find himself on the bench once again even though he is batting .500 against Romero.

Call of the day: In 1994, John Kruk returned from cancer with a base hit.

"Swing and a line shot to right center! It's a gapper! And would you
believe it! The Krukker at second with a double!"


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