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Game Thread: Phillies vs Royals 7/3/16

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Rubber match with the defending World Champions.

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

SERIES PREVIEW

Phillies (36-46) vs Royals (43-37)

Citizens Bank Park

1:35PM EDT on CSN

Vince Velasquez (6-2) 3.38 ERA

PHILLIES: Velasquez (strained right biceps) came off the DL and gave up five hits and zero walks with seven strikeouts over five scoreless innings Monday against the D-backs.

Yordano Ventura (6-5) 5.00 ERA

ROYALS: After returning from an 8-game suspension, Ventura said he felt some of the effects of the layoff in giving up 7 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday. It was the first time he'd given up seven earned runs in a start this season.

MATCHUP

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Alex Gordon - LF Odubel Herrera - CF
Whit Merrifield - 2B Peter Bourjos - RF
Kendrys Morales - RF Cody Asche - LF
Eric Hosmer - 1B Maikel Franco - 3B
Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Cameron Rupp - C
Alcides Escobar - SS Ryan Howard - 1B
Jarrod Dyson - CF Freddy Galvis - SS
Drew Butera - C Cesar Hernandez - 2B
Yordano Ventura - RHP Vince Velasquez - RHP