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By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After a very successful 5-2 road trip through St. Louis and New York, the Phillies now begin a seven-game homestand tonight with the first of three against the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies are 27-25 on the season and while they remain last in National League East, they are now just three games behind the first-place Washington Nationals.

Miami is red-hot.  They come to town 29-22, they are a half game out of first in NL East.  Miami is on a three-game winning streak and they went 21-8 in May.

On the mound for the Phillies will be righthander Kyle Kendrick.  Kendrick is just 1-4 this season, but coming off a dominant, complete-game shutout of the Cardinals.  And in his career against the Marlins, Kendrick is 7-2.

Miami will give the ball to LHP Mark Buehrle.  He is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA.  The Phillies beat him back on April 12th, 3-1 at Citizens Bank Park.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Jack Scheuer, who has covered the Phillies for years for the Associated Press, to get his insight into the match-up and the Phils.

You can follow Matt on Twitter @mattleonkyw.

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