The Phils 3-4-5 hitters have snapped out of their pre-summer malaise just in time for this home stand against the Minnesota Twins. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jason Werth went 7-11 at the plate combined. Howard and Werth also have been raising their batting averages steadily over the last week.
The Minnesota Twins have never played the Phillies in Interleague play, even though this is the 14th season that Interleague play has been in existence. The Phillies vs. American League teams will continue with the Cleveland Indians in the next series and then finish up with Toronto. Toronto's series was supposed to be in Canada, but with the Economic Summit being held in Toronto, it was better for all involved to move the series to Philadelphia.
It will be Cole Hamels (6-5) (3.74 ERA) this afternoon for the Phillies and here is how he has done so far this year: