Friday, December 19, 2014

Game 111: Lee returns to the mound

Cliff Lee, who has been sidelined with a stick neck, makes his first start in two weeks as the Phillies attempt to end their four-game losing streak tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the surging Atlanta Braves.

Game 111: Lee returns to the mound

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Cliff Lee, who has been sidelined with a stick neck, makes his first start in two weeks as the Phillies attempt to end their four-game losing streak tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the surging Atlanta Braves.

Lee’s last start came July 21 when he lost a 5-0 decision to Matt Harvey and the New York Mets at Citi Field.

He will face a Braves team that has won nine consecutive games.

The Phillies have lost 12 of their last 13 games and look for Lee to get them out of their swoon. Lee is 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA this season and has pitched well against Atlanta during his career.

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He is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA this year against the Braves and 6-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 12 lifetime starts.

Here is the Phillies lineup.

1. Michael Young, 3B

2. Chase Utley, 2B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Darin Ruf, LF

5. Delmon Young, RF

6. Kevin Frandsen, 1B

7. John Mayberry, Jr., CF

8. Carlos Ruiz, C

9. Cliff Lee, P

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