Game 87: Looking for something positive

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PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies were justifiably dejected after going a season-high tying 12 games under .500 following Friday’s 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Phillies have dropped 11 of their last 14 games. Meanwhile the Pirates (45-41) have won four of their last five (and six of eight) and are a season-best four games over .500

Two teams going in opposite directions.

Phillies RHP David Buchanan (4-4, 4.86 ERA) faces RHP Edinson Volquez (6-6, 4.07). Volquez brings a 13 inning scoreless streak into today’s start.

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. Cody Asche, 3b

7. Domonic Brown, lf

8. Cameron Rupp, c

9. David Buchanan, p