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May 18: Marcum vs. Kendrick

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The Phils conclude their series with Toronto and wrap up a six-game homestand today as Kyle Kendrick goes for his fourth win of the season. Despite an awful spring and very rocky start to 2008, Kendrick has been arguably the team's second-best starter: he's turned in four straight quality starts, albeit allowing three earned runs in all four and going past six innings just once, and the team has won Kendrick's last five starts. He has never previously faced Toronto.

Shawn Marcum goes for the Blue Jays, riding a hotter streak than Kendrick: he's 4-2 with a 2.22 ERA for the year, and has a 1.19 mark in his last four starts. Marcum has had great success in interleague games, going 3-0 in four starts last season including a 13-2 win in Philadelphia a year ago tomorrow.

Once again, Jayson Werth plays centerfield and bats second for the Phils, and Geoff Jenkins starts in right. Carlos Ruiz returns to the lineup after four days off with an illness.


Lineup

Toronto Blue Jays @ Philadelphia Phillies

05/18/08 1:35 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Philadelphia Phillies
Brad Wilkerson - 1B Jimmy Rollins - SS
Aaron Hill - 2B Jayson Werth - CF
Alex Rios - CF Chase Utley - 2B
Scott Rolen - 3B Ryan Howard - 1B
Matt Stairs - RF Pat Burrell - LF
Shannon Stewart - LF Geoff Jenkins - RF
Rod Barajas - C Pedro Feliz - 3B
Marco Scutaro - SS Carlos Ruiz - C
Shaun Marcum - P Kyle Kendrick - P