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Game 86: Phils at Pirates, July 7, 2005

Once again, the Phillies look to secure their first series victory since the conclusion of their 12-1 homestand tonight. The pitching matchup is an intriguing battle of phenoms past and present, as Brett Myers locks up with rookie Pirates lefty Zach Duke. The Phils look to stay ahead of the Mets, who beat division leader Washington for the third time in four games earlier today and, for the moment, have tied the Phils for fourth place in the NL East.

So: was getting arrested the break Jason Michaels needed to stake his claim to the leadoff spot? Will Tomas Perez shine in place of newly minted all-star Jimmy Rollins, who will miss his second straight start with a sore hand? Can Myers repeat his fantastic performance against Atlanta last Saturday? Is Zack Duke--the third lefty Pittsburgh has started in this four-game set--bound for his first major-league victory tonight? These answers and more await...

B. Myers
Z. Duke
6-4 Record 0-0
3.18 ERA 3.86
110 K 9
30 BB 1
13 HR 1
Phillies Pirates
CF J. Michaels LF M. Lawton
3B D. Bell 3B F. Sanchez
RF B. Abreu LF J. Bay
LF P. Burrell 3B R. Mackowiak
2B C. Utley CF T. Redman
C M. Lieberthal 1B D. Ward
1B R. Howard C H. Cota
SS Tomas Perez SS J. Wilson
P B. Myers P Z. Duke