Game 27: A top-flight pitching matchup

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(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

A classic pitching matchup highlights the beginning of this weekend series between the Phillies and visiting Washington Nationals.

Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.29) will face Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 4.24) in tonight’s opener. The Phillies have had two days off following Wednesday’s rainout with the New York Mets and Thursday’s off-day.

The Phillies (13-13) entered Friday tied for fourth in the NL East, but it’s the only division in baseball in which every team was .500 or better.

The Phillies April record of 13-13 marked the first tiem they were .500 or better in the first month since 2011 when they went 18-8.

Here is the Phillies lineup

1.Ben Revere, cf

2. Jimmy Rollins, ss

3. Chase Utley, 2b

4. Ryan Howard, 1b

5. Marlon Byrd, rf

6. Domonic Brown, lf

7. Carlos Ruiz, c

8. Cody Asche, 3b

9. Cliff Lee, p

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