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Los Angeles at Philadelphia

Venue: Citizens Bank Park
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PHILADELPHIA -- For those in attendance at the Philadelphia Phillies' series opener against the Dodgers, the night will mean much more than just an opportunity to see an interdivision game.

It will be a chance to welcome one of the franchise's favorite players back home.

Chase Utley, who helped the Phillies to a 2008 World Series championship, will make his first visit to Citizens Bank Park as an opposing player on Tuesday night in what is sure to be an emotional evening for one of the cornerstones of the franchise's best squads.

Utley, the team's starting second baseman from shortly after his 2003 call-up until his trade midway through last season, accumulated 1,623 hits, 142 home runs and 916 RBIs in his time in Philadelphia, making six All-Star Games and finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting on three occasions.

His ultra-competitive nature and professional demeanor made him beloved in a town that values hard work above all else, and his departure -- while a necessary move given the team's rebuilding status -- was seen as the end of an era in the city.

"Obviously I have so many great memories from playing in the stadium and in front of those great fans," Utley told Philly.com before the Dodgers hosted the Phillies last week. "It's going to be exciting. It might be a bit emotional. But I'm looking forward to it."

Most of Utley's long-time teammates are also gone, though first base Ryan Howard and catcher Carlos Ruiz -- both likely in their final seasons in Philadelphia -- still remain.

Los Angeles entered Monday's action one game behind San Francisco in the National League West, and has a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL wild-card race over Saint Louis, which is up only a half-game over the rest of the field.

Philadelphia is 6 1/2 games in back of the Cardinals, 10 games behind the Dodgers.

The Dodgers will start right-hander Kenta Maeda (11.7, 3.31 ERA) on Tuesday. He has been the Dodgers' most consistent pitcher, but struggled the last time he faced the Phillies, allowing three runs in five innings.

On Wednesday, the Dodgers will go with left-hander Scott Kazmir, who is 9-6 with a 4.44 ERA.

As the Phillies try to chase down a wild-card spot over the final stretch of the season, manager Pete Mackanin is just hoping his starting pitching rotation can hold together.

A line drive off the left (throwing) arm of starter Adam Morgan led to his removal in the fourth inning of Sunday's 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies, just the latest Phillies starter to suffer an injury.

Vince Velasquez (8-4, 3.94), who will start the series opener, suffered a biceps strain that has caused him to miss several starts in June and July. Although he has made his last four starts, he hasn't made it past the sixth inning in any of them. Jake Thompson (1-1, 8.68 ERA), who is pitching Wednesday, is making his third career start.

Jeremy Hellickson (back) had to leave his last start early, as did Zach Eflin (foot). Eflin, it turns out, was pitching with a broken bone in his foot and is likely done for the season.

"We've got the day off (Monday), they're going to inform me on whatever they have on Tuesday," Mackanin said.

How heavily has Philly's bullpen been taxed? Over the Phillies' last 14 games, Mackanin has used an average of 3.6 relief pitchers per game for nearly five innings per game (4.78). The 50 2/3 innings they've pitched in August are second-most in the NL and third-most in the majors.

The last time Mackanin was able to use fewer than three relievers for fewer than three innings in one game was on July 29, when Vincent Velasquez went six innings before two relievers threw an inning each. Of course, it helped that Atlanta didn't need to bat in the ninth inning.

"I looked back at my chart and we've been five innings, four innings, five innings, three innings with our starters and that really taxes the bullpen," Mackanin said.

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Probable Starters

K. Maeda
L.A. Dodgers Last 3 Starts Philadelphia
2-0 Wins-Losses 0-2
17.0 Innings Pitched 15.2
3.71 Earned Run Average 7.47
2 Walks 7
14 Strikeouts 17
0.94 WHIP 1.79

V. Velasquez
Probable Pitchers
Weather
weather image  Scattered clouds. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
81°F65°F11mph/N45%27%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles1st NL West9067.573-7-3 L 1
Philadelphia4th NL East7088.44322 ½ 4-6 L 3
 
 

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Injuries
Los Angeles
PlayerInjury
E. ArruebarrenaSuspension
B. BeachyArm
C. FriasUndisclosed
Y. GarciaBiceps
C. HatcherOblique
S. KazmirRibs
H. RyuElbow
T. ThompsonBack
C. TsaoTriceps
S. Van SlykeWrist
Philadelphia
PlayerInjury
M. AppelElbow
J. CorderoShoulder
J. CrawfordKnee
Z. EflinKnee
T. GoeddelConcussion
M. HarrisonBack
M. ImhofEye
C. MortonHamstring
A. NolaElbow
R. QuinnOblique
J. ThompsonNot Injury Related
V. VelasquezRest
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 10ATLPHI 3-2Morgan Wisler 
May 11ATLATL 5-1Perez Eickhoff 
May 12ATLPHI 7-4Bailey Grilli 
May 20PHIATL 7-1Wisler Nola 
May 21PHIATL 2-0Perez Morgan 
May 22PHIPHI 5-0Eickhoff Kelly 
Jul 4PHIPHI 8-2Eickhoff De La Cruz 
Jul 5PHIPHI 5-1Eflin Foltynewicz 
Jul 6PHIPHI 4-3Neris Vizcaino 
Jul 28ATLPHI 7-5Nola Wisler 
Jul 29ATLATL 2-1Jenkins Velasquez 
Jul 30ATLPHI 9-5Hellickson Teheran 
Jul 31ATLATL 2-1Cabrera Bailey 
Sep 2PHIATL 8-4Cabrera Gomez 
Sep 3PHIATL 6-4Bradley Ramos 
Sep 4PHIATL 2-0Teheran Thompson 
Sep 27ATLATL 7-6Cabrera Hernandez 
Sep 28ATLATL 12-2  
Sep 29ATL 7:10 PM EDT