06/16/10 10:57 PM ET
Pettitte standing in way of Phils' breakthrough
By Kyle Maistri / MLB.com
They will try to take two of three from the Yankees on Thursday in a rematch of last season's World Series, hoping to build on the life their bats showed early in Wednesday's 6-3 win.
Philadelphia scored six runs in the first three innings off of New York starter A.J. Burnett, marking only the third time the club scored six or more runs since May 17. The Phils are 9-17 over that stretch.
"Ever since I've been here, we've always had problems with pitching and we've always been an offensive team," manager Charlie Manuel said. "When we start putting runs back up on the board, that's when we're going to start winning games."
Winning the series with the Yankees would certainly get the ball rolling in the right direction, especially if the Phillies are able to get to Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46 ERA), who has been superb so far this season.
New York, tied with Tampa Bay for the American League East lead, won't overreact if the Phillies get back to their winning ways.
"Everybody is trying to make this a big rivalry and this and that. It's the middle of June. This isn't the postseason," right fielder Nick Swisher said. "We've just got to go out there, keep playing good baseball and go from there."
Phillies: Kendrick gets ball in finale
Kyle Kendrick, who let up six runs over five innings in his last start against the Marlins, will get the start for the Phillies. The right-hander has posted a 3.35 ERA since a rough start to the season that saw him log a 7.61 ERA in his first five starts.
Yankees: Top of the heap in scoring
The Yankees' plus-105 run differential is the best in the Majors. The Rays are second at plus-99. ... The Yanks are 7-3 in their past 10 games and 12-4 over their past 16. ... Alex Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth, the Phillies' No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters in Wednesday's game, are a combined 3-for-29 off Pettitte all-time, with each recording one hit.
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