By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Phillies will finally get back to work tonight at Citizens Bank Park as they welcome the Washington Nationals to town for the opener of a three game series.

The Phillies have had an odd week. They were off Monday, lost 6-1 on Tuesday to the Mets, got rained out on Wednesday and then had another scheduled off day on Thursday.

Philadelphia is 13-13 this season, they are tied for fourth in the National League East, 3 1/2 games behind first place Atlanta. The Nationals are 16-12 and they are in second in the division, 1 1/2 games behind the Braves.

Cliff Lee will get the start for the Phillies in this series opener. He is 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA. Last time out on Saturday, he got a no-decision in Arizona in a game the Phils eventually won, 6-5. Lee allowed five runs (three earned) in six innings of work.

In 11 career starts vs. the Nationals, Lee is 6-4 with a 2.87 ERA.

Washington will counter on the mound with 2-2 right-hander Stephen Strasburg. He has made six career starts against the Phillies, going 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Steve Gross, Phillies beat writer for the Morning Call up in Allentown, about what he has seen out of the Phillies this season and what to look for against the Nats.

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