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Four games in 48 hours

After a day off (which was mostly spent raising money for ALS), the Phillies embark on a busy stretch, one of the quirks a 162-game schedule can create. They will play four games in 48 hours against Florida, beginning tonight, then hop on a charter plane for their longest flight of the season to Seattle, where three more games await.

Four games in 48 hours

Domonic Brown is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday night´s game against the Marlins. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)
Domonic Brown is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

After a day off (which was mostly spent raising money for ALS), the Phillies embark on a busy stretch, one of the quirks a 162-game schedule can create. They will play four games in 48 hours against Florida, beginning tonight, then hop on a charter plane for their longest flight of the season to Seattle, where three more games await.

A few pregame notes:

The Marlins just finished an 11-game homestand in which they lost 10 games. Their hitting coach was fired and their 23-year-old outfielder publicly bashed the owner. Full freefall mode has commenced, but Florida hopes the return of shortstop Hanley Ramirez from the disabled list tonight will turn the tide.

Ramirez, who is hitting .210 with a puny .615 OPS is one of the primary problems for new hitting coach Eduardo Perez to fix. 

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Roy Halladay
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Greg Dobbs is not a problem. He's still hitting over .300.

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Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader will match Kyle Kendrick against a rookie making his major-league debut: Elih Villanueva. The 24-year-old righthander had a 5.23 ERA in 13 triple-A starts. He will play the role of Adalberto Mendez from last season.

Game 2 is Roy Halladay against Anibal Sanchez.

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The lineup tonight against Chris Volstad:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Placido Polanco 5
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Domonic Brown 9
8. Carlos Ruiz 2
9. Mature Cole Hamels 1


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