Friday, December 26, 2014

Game 4: Hello, South Philly

The Phillies are 3-6 in openers at Citizens Bank Park. This opener is unlike any in 131 years of Phillies history. It is the first time the home slate starts with an American League team.

Game 4: Hello, South Philly

Jimmy Rollins hit second while speedy centerfielder Ben Revere was penciled into the leadoff spot. (David Goldman/AP)
Jimmy Rollins hit second while speedy centerfielder Ben Revere was penciled into the leadoff spot. (David Goldman/AP)

The bunting is hanging from Citizens Bank Park. The parking lots are filled with tailgaters. The sun is shining and a once-ominous forecast yielded to perfect April weather.

It's the home opener in South Philadelphia.

The Phillies are 3-6 in openers at Citizens Bank Park. This opener is unlike any in 131 years of Phillies history. It is the first time the home slate starts with an American League team.

These two teams have not faced one another in six years. The last encounter was a forgettable one for Phillies fans. (Brandon Duckworth!)

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The lineup:

1. Ben Revere 8
2. Jimmy Rollins 6
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Michael Young 5
6. Domonic Brown 7
7. Laynce Nix 9
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Kyle Kendrick 1

They will face Wade Davis, the righty making his debut for Kansas City.


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