Kyle Kendrick said that he will start Friday in Toronto.
That means Cole Hamels gets the start against Jon Lester on Thursday afternoon in the finale of the Phillies-Red Sox World Series preview.
The decision wasn’t hard to make, since, with an off day today, Hamels will be pitching on normal rest.
Also, Hamels is 3-0 with a 1.71 earned-run average against the Red Sox in three career starts.
Kendrick is 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA in four games against the Sox, two of them starts.
The matchups for the Red Sox series are:
Tuesday: Josh Beckett (returning from injury) vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday: John Lackey vs. Vance Worley
Thursday: Jon Lester vs. Cole Hamels
The rotation setup now means that Roy Halladay will pitch no sooner than Saturday in a Toronto homecoming. Halladay spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Toronto, where he won the Cy Young Award in 2003. An offseason trade sent him to Philadelphia last season.
In other injury news, closer Ryan Madson remained unavailable after receiving a cortisone shot in his right hand Friday. Madson was pitching with injured muscles in his right hand suffered when he deflected a hard ground ball May 20 against Texas. He pitched 13 times after that, converting seven of eight save opportunities and losing once. He will not throw again until Monday or Tuesday.
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