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Five Teams to Watch In the Second Half

The second half is underway and there are a handful of teams looking to get back to the post season, some waiting longer than others.

The National League features a pair of teams who find themselves shockingly in first place. Meanwhile, the American League has an early three-team race for the Wild Card with one newcomer in the second half post season race.

Here are a list of five teams to watch heading into the second half of the season.

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KK Hit Early In Loss

Pirates 1B Casey McGehee (center) is greeted by Neil Walker (left) and Garrett Jones (right) after hitting a three-run homer in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Pirates 5, Phillies 4
WP – A.J. Burnett (9-2, 3.31)
LP – Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35)
SV – Joel Hanrahan (20)

PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Kendrick settled in, but it was after he gave up five early runs.

That early hole was too deep for the Phillies to climb out of and they lost, 5-4. They split the four-game series with the Pirates, and finished the home stand 5-5.

The Pirates got Kendrick for five runs in the 1st inning.

With one out, Garrett Jones hit an RBI single that scored lead-off hitter Drew Sutton. The with two men on, Casey McGehee hit a three-run homer off Kendrick to blow the game open early.

Pedro Alvarez followed that up with a solo homer, giving the Pirates a 5-0 lead before the Phillies could even swing their bats.

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Phillies Win, 5-4, Over Pirates

Phillies 5, Pirates 4
WP – Vance Worley (4-4, 2.92)
LP – Erik Bedard (4-8, 4.27)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (18)

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies managed to pull off another important win against a good team.

Behind the bat of Carlos Ruiz and the injured arm of Vance Worley, the Phils held onto a 5-4 lead.

Worley pitched six strong, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Ruiz had a three-hit night, pumping his average up to .361, best in the Majors. He also hit his career-best 10th home run, and it’s only June 26.

The Phillies will not have a starting pitcher tomorrow, using the bullpen for the whole game. Raul Valdes will be the first pitcher used.

3B: Pence (2). HR: Wigginton (8), Ruiz (10).


Series Preview: vs Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 34-40, 5th in NL East; PIT: 38-33, 2nd in NL Central

When: June 25-28
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (6-6, 5.04) vs Jeff Karstens (0-1, 4.50)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (3-4, 2.78) vs Erik Bedard (4-7, 4.13)
Wednesday: TBD vs James McDonald (6-3, 2.19)
Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.24) vs A.J. Burnett (8-2, 3.24)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

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Bullpen Implodes: McCutchen’s Heroics Beat Phillies

Phillies CF Shane Victorino nearly collides with RF Hunter Pence while making a catch. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The starting pitching has been nothing short of fantastic for the Phillies so far, allowing only two runs in 20 innings through the first three games of the season.

Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. David Herndon was the goat on Easter Sunday, as opposed to the more favorable lamb, and the Phillies dropped the series finally – as well as the first series of the season – to the Pirates, 5-4.

Casey McGehee had himself a tremendous game, doubling twice in two huge innings for the Pirates that set up their come back against the Phillies. His double in the bottom of the 9th set up Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off single off the center field wall.

McCutchen went 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning RBI.

Hunter Pence had himself a tremendous day at the plate for the Phillies, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the 1st and a solo home run in the 4th.

The Phillies scored only four runs in the first 25 innings of the season.

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Phils Lose to Bucs in Extras

Phillies SP Cliff Lee allowed a run through six innings in his no-decision during the Phillies 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The Phillies managed to win a game 1-0 in their Opening Day on Thursday. But ignorance proved bliss and they managed to lose a game by scoring only one run on Saturday.

Wasting a quality start from Cliff Lee despite not having his best stuff, the Phillies lost 2-1 in 10 innings to the Pirates in the first of possibly many frustrating losses of the season.

One run is all the Phillies could manage, a manufactured run in the 1st inning.

Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco led off the game with a pair of singles. Jimmy Rollins, who bunted for a single in his first at-bat of the season on Thursday, laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position.

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Mayberry Shines in Back-to-Back Opening Days

Phillies LF John Mayberry makes a catch at the wall in the 5th inning off the bat of Pittsburgh's Clint Barmes. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Since 2009 when John Mayberry got his first taste as a Phillie he knew that he would do whatever it would take to get back on the big league roster.

A few seasons removed from that, Mayberry has found himself a lock for the Opening Day roster the last two seasons. And he’s starting to make a trend of coming big in those first games of the season.

In the 2011 opener at home, Mayberry completed a three-run 9th inning come back when he ripped a pinch-hit walk-off single over the head of Astros centerfielder Michael Bourn.

There were no late-game heroics yesterday but Mayberry made his presence in the line up known throughout the game.

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Doc Blanks Bucs on Opening Day

Phillies SP Roy Halladay allowed two hits and four base runners through eight scoreless innings as the Phillies won 1-0 on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Phillies couldn’t have asked for a more masterful outing from their Ace of Aces.

Roy Halladay gave up two singles in the first inning, the only two hits he would allow all game as his beautiful Opening Day outing allowed the Phillies offense to get away with scoring only one run all day.

The Phillies and Pirates took a scoreless tie into the 7th inning. After a one-0ut single by Ty Wigginton, John Mayberry followed up with a double down the right field line to put runners on second and third.

Carlos Ruiz skied one to shallow right field and Jose Tabata’s slightly high throw allowed Wigginton to score. It was the only run Pirates starter Erik Bedard would allow through seven innings.

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Series Preview: at Pittsburgh Pirates

PHI: 102-60, 1st in NL East in 2011; PIT: 72-90, 4th in NL Central in 2011

When: April 5-9
Where: PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA)

Probable Pitchers (2011 stats)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (19-6; 2.35) vs Erik Bedard (8-8, 4.03 with Boston)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (17-8; 2.40) vs. Jeff Karstens (9-9; 3.38)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-3; 3.01) vs. James McDonald (9-9; 4.21)

Broadcast Info
Thursday, 1:35, MLBN
Saturday, 7:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
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On Deck: Phillies 4, Pirates 3

Baseball is back at the Bank, meaning the regular season is only days away.

The Phillies and Pirates paired up for an On Deck Series, playing a short two-game series before the two teams head to Pittsburgh to start the season off.

Joe Blanton got the start and he helped guide the Phils to a 4-3 win. He had command of his stuff, going 4 2/3 of three-hit ball, allowing two runs and striking out three.

The Phils scored runs the way they are going to have to get used to this season with the absence of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for at least two months each.

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