By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies return home and return to interleague play tonight as they open a quick two-game series with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Of course the Angels are led by Millville native Mike Trout. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is hitting .272 this season with seven home runs. This will be his first-ever game at Citizens Bank Park as a Major Leaguer and he actually comes to town in a bit of a slump. Trout is just 4 for his last 34.
Cliff Lee will get the start for the Phillies. He is 3-3 this season with a 3.64 ERA. Last time out he allowed just one earned run over the first six innings against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Unfortunately, he came out to start the seventh and that ended up being a nine run frame which led to a 10-0 loss. Lee allowed six runs for the night in 6 1/3 innings. In his career Lee is 7-4 against the Angels in 12 starts with a 2.95 ERA.
The Angels counter on the mound with RHP Matt Shoemaker. This will be his first start of the season and just the second of his Major League career. He has made three appearances out of the bullpen here in 2014, going 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings.
Here is the line-up for the Phillies:
1. Ben Revere CF
2. Jimmy Rollins SS
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Marlon Byrd RF
6. Domonic Brown LF
7. Carlos Ruiz C
8. Cody Asche 3B
9. Cliff Lee P
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with longtime AP correspondent Jack Scheuer about what he has seen out of the Phillies this season. He also touched base with Angels radio play-by-play man, and Philadelphia native, Terry Smith to get a scout on the Halos.
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