By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies will look to build on the momentum of their weekend sweep of the Mets in New York tonight when they open a two-game interleague series in Cleveland against the Indians.
The Phillies are 12-14 thanks to their three straight wins and they now sit alone in third place in the National League East, 4 1/2 games behind the front-running Atlanta Braves.
Prior to the game, the Phillies have made a roster move, activating OF Delmon Young off the DL and designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. Young hasn’t played this season as he recovered from offseason ankle surgery. The 27-year-old Young hit .267 for Detroit last season with 18 home runs and 74 runs batted in.
Roy Halladay will get the start for the Phillies in the series opener. The veteran right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.08 ERA, but in his last three starts he is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA. In his career against the Indians, Halladay is 6-2 in 13 games with a 3.52 ERA.
10-13 Cleveland will counter on the hill with right-hander Zach McAllister. He is 1-3 with a 3.51 ERA and he has never faced the Phillies.
These two teams haven’t met since June of 2010, when the Phillies swept a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The winning pitchers in that series for the Phils were Jamie Moyer, J.C. Romero and Joe Blanton.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin Cooney, Phillies beat writer for the Bucks County Courier Times, about this series opener.
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