Game 3 Preview: Kendrick looks to give Phillies series win


Kyle Kendrick makes his 2014 debut in the Phillies series finale against the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Kevin Durso/Philliedelphia)

The Phillies chance to claim an early series vanished at the hands of the bullpen on Tuesday night. Wednesday night's game becomes the swing game.

The Phillies (1-1) may have a bitter taste of defeat in their mouths after a tough 3-2 walk-off loss to the Texas Rangers (1-1). The Phillies third game of 2014 will determine a series winner. First pitch is set for 8:05 from Globe Life Park.

Kyle Kendrick (10-13, 4.70 ERA in 2013) gets the start for the Phillies. Kendrick lost his five of his last seven starts in 2013, going 0-5 with a 5.97 ERA. Kendrick was 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in four spring training starts. Kendrick is making his first start against the Texas Rangers and at Globe Life Park.

The Phillies will face left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. (4-2, 3.03 ERA in 2013). Ross is making his first career major-league start in Wednesday's finale. He served as a reliever for the Rangers for parts of 2012 and 2013. This is also his first appearance against the Phillies. In his career at Globe Life Park, Ross is 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA.

Game notes, lineups and more are available after the jump.

Game Notes:

  • Ben Revere, Marlon Byrd and Jayson Nix are the only Phillies with at-bats against Robbie Ross. Revere has faced Ross the most, going 1-for-3 with a double.
  • Prince Fielder is 3-for-5 in his career against Kyle Kendrick with a home run and five RBI.
  • Kyle Kendrick's only start against an AL West team was against the Oakland Athletics on June 25, 2008. Kendrick pitched eight shutout innings in a win.
  • Milestone Watch: Chase Utley needs one double for 300 in his career.

Phillies lineup

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Carlos Ruiz C
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard DH
  5. Marlon Byrd RF
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. John Mayberry Jr. 1B
  8. Cody Asche 3B
  9. Jayson Nix SS

Kyle Kendrick will start tonight's game.

Rangers lineup

  1. Shin-Soo Choo LF
  2. Elvis Andrus SS
  3. Prince Fielder 1B
  4. Adrian Beltre 3B
  5. Alex Rios RF
  6. Mitch Moreland DH
  7. J.P. Arencibia C
  8. Leonys Martin CF
  9. Josh Wilson 2B

Robbie Ross Jr. will start tonight's game.

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Kevin Durso is a contributor for Philliedelphia. Follow him on twitter @KDursoPhilsNet.

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