Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 5th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (1-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-2), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Wade Davis (0-0, 0.00)
Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Phillies open the home portion of their
schedule on Friday when they host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a
three-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park.
The home crowd should be in a decent mood, as the Phillies avoided a season-
opening three-game sweep on Thursday in Atlanta thanks to a terrific effort
from Cliff Lee, who tossed eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the
Lee (1-0), who gave up just two hits and struck out eight. The left-hander,
who plummeted from 17 wins in 2011 to six last year, didn't pick up his first
win last season until July 4.
"Last year I got the first win on the Fourth of July," Lee said. "It's nice to
get it out of the way on the first one, no doubt."
Chase Utley and Ben Revere had an RBI apiece in the second inning for
Philadelphia, which won despite stranding nine runners.
"It's still way early," Lee said. "Obviously, we would have liked to have won
all three. ... The first two are behind us. We're just trying to get a win
under our belt and fortunately, we were able to do that. Hopefully, we can
carry that into Philly and keep the momentum going."
Philadelphia will hand the ball to righty Kyle Kendrick on Friday. Kendrick,
who went 11-12 with a 3.90 ERA in 2012, has never faced the Royals.
Kansas City, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on righty Wade Davis, who will be
making his Royals debut after being acquired from Tampa Bay in a seven-player
trade Dec. 9.
Davis made 29 starts in both 2010 and 2011, but pitched primarily out of the
bullpen last season, posting a 3-0 mark with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games.
He has made one appearance against the Phillies, allowing three hits and three
runs while walking two over 2 2/3 innings last June 24.
"It's going to be cold, it's probably going to rain and I'll probably be in
the back corner of the box, trying to work a five-pitch at-bat without
swinging," said Davis, who will have to bat. "Hopefully, avoid swinging at
Kansas City managed to salvage the finale of its three-game set with the
Chicago White Sox on Thursday, as Jeremy Guthrie tossed six strong innings and
received just enough support in a 3-1 win.
After mustering just two runs, 12 hits and stranding 14 runners in dropping
the first two tests, the Royals struck three times in the top of the fifth to
provide Guthrie and the bullpen a lead they didn't relinquish.
Kansas City managed just five hits in this one, but received an RBI single
from Chris Getz and a run-scoring double by Alex Gordon in the fifth. Gordon
finished 2-for-4 on the day.
Guthrie (1-0) yielded only one run on five hits while striking out nine
Chicago hitters before giving way to Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera and Greg
Holland, with the trio combining for a scoreless inning apiece to close out
The Royals and Phillies have split six regular-season games. Kansas City,
though, last visited Citizens Bank Park back in 2004 when the Phils took two
As part of the Opening Day festivities, Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt
will be joined in throwing out the game's first pitch by another Hall of Famer
in Kansas City's George Brett.
Schmidt's Phillies, of course, beat Brett's Royals in the 1980 World Series.
04/05 10:24:02 ET