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Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone allowed nine hits, eight runs, two walks and one home run in four innings in a 12-1 loss to the Rockies.
After not making it out of the fourth inning in his last start, left-hander Jesse Biddle delivered his best start of the season Friday, leading Double-A Reading to a 6-2 victory against Harrisburg.
When Cole Hamels comes off the DL, he is most likely to start Wednesday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium because it would allow the Phillies to split up left-handers Cliff Lee and Hamels with right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Ryan Howard, who is hitting .231 with three home runs and seven RBIs, is averaging a walk every 6.20 plate appearances this season, which is the second-best rate of his career. He averaged a walk every 6.06 plate appearances since 2007, but had averaged a walk only every 10.29 plate appearances from 2010-13.
Struggling third baseman Cody Asche also has had a few days off, including the previous two games. Asche entered Friday hitting .184 (7-for-38) with one home run and three RBIs.
Philadelphia and Atlanta had their game washed away by the poor weather on Tuesday, but they'll make it up as part of a day-night doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on June 28.
The Phillies and Rockies will try to build on the momentum gained from Thursday's victories when they begin a weekend set at Coors Field, with Jonathan Pettibone and Tyler Chatwood squaring off in Friday's opener.
If Thursday was left-hander Cole Hamels' final test before joining the Phillies, it would seem he passed with little difficulty.
Jonathan Papelbon had seven blown save opportunities last season. So when he couldn't nail down the lead at Texas on April 2, retiring only one of the seven batters he faced, it caused some understandable concern.
Ben Revere drove in the Phillies' first run since Monday in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday afternoon, and that was good enough for a 1-0 win over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
Major League Baseball's replay official in New York saw something even the Phillies couldn't be sure of Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
Ryan Howard was out of the Phillies' lineup for Thursday afternoon's series finale. It was the first time this season Howard hasn't started.
In his first full year as a big league manager, Ryne Sandberg has already proven he's not afraid to shake up his lineup.
Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett decided to postpone surgery for an inguinal hernia, and he pitches opposite Braves southpaw Alex Wood on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies were unable to hand Cliff Lee any run support as they fell, 1-0, Wednesday on a night in which both starters went the distance. Lee struck out 13 batters, but surrendered a home run.
The Phillies celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park after Tuesday's game had to be postponed because of rain.
Jonathan Papelbon said a key for the Phillies bullpen is to learn from their failures. As Philadelphia's veteran anchor, he is trying to teach the younger members of the 'pen to study their mistakes and "store it in the bank."
Cole Hamels could return to the Phillies rotation next week, provided everything goes well with his scheduled Minor League rehab start on Thursday.
Phillies' Minor League reliever Ken Giles is off to an impressive start with Double-A Reading, but the organization would like to see the hard-throwing right-hander improve his control of his secondary pitches before seriously considering him as a candidate to join the Major League bullpen.
After Tuesday's rainout, the Phillies plan to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday in a major celebration befitting the Hall of Fame trailblazer before Cliff Lee and the Braves' Julio Teheran take the mound at Citizens Bank Park.