The Atlanta Braves (49-37) and Philadelphia Phillies (42-45) will continue a three-game National League East series Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX

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The San Francisco Giants (53-41) and Philadelphia Phillies (41-54) will close out a three-game National League series on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 ET

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The San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies continue their three-game National League Series Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park

San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies

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The Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies play the final contest of a low-scoring three-game series Sunday at Citizens Bank Park

Texas Rangers at Philadelphia Phillies

Texas tries to salvage what's left in its series with Philadelphia Sunday

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Philadelphia Phillies (7-2) AT Washington Nationals (4-5)
April 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM EST
Opening Runline:  PHI -1.5 +120, WAS +1.5 -140
Current Runline:  PHI -1.5 +130, WAS +1.5 -150
Opening Moneyline: PHI -145 / WAS +125
Current Moneyline:  PHI -126 / WAS +116
Opening Total:  9
Current Total: 8.5

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The Phillies are hoping some familiar faces return to the lineup in an important three-game series that may go a long way in determining the NL Wild Card race.

San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies

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The Phillies are enjoying a red-hot August despite having major stars on the disabled list.

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies

Los Angeles has lost nine of its last 10 road games and is suffering through a five-game losing streak away from Dodger Stadium.  In those five games, the offense is managing to average just 1.8 runs and hit for a .156 combined average.  The club hopes to build off of an eight-run outburst in the homestand finale against the Nationals.  “Today was a good day,” manager Joe Torre said about Sunday’s output.  “But we need more contributions from the guys in the middle.  The Dodgers are in the middle of a 10-game stretch against opponents from the National League East (2-1) and have posted a 10-13 record against the division this season.  Los Angeles if 5-4 this month (-100) and 32-35 in August over the last three seasons (-1,580).  The Blue Crew has compiled a solid 8-4 record on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 (+360), which differs greatly from the 22-30 mark the last three years in this situation (-1,160).

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The Phillies will be without one of their top sluggers in the opening game of this three-game series in South Florida.

Philadelphia Phillies at Florida Marlins

Philadelphia continues to be bit by the injury bug, as All-Star first baseman Ryan Howard has traveled back home to have his left ankle examined by the team physician.  “It’s just swollen.  It’s tight, sore.  Other than that, it’s not too, too bad,” Howard said.  The Phillies are already without the services of second baseman Chase Utley and outfielder Shane Victorino.  The club has earned an even 4-4 record in its first eight meetings with the Marlins, but took two out of three at Sun Life Stadium in May.  The Phillies are 11-3 in their last 14 games in Miami.  Philadelphia enjoyed an off day on Monday and looks to even up its record in this situation, as the team is 5-6 this season after receiving a day off (-290).  The Phillies are 34-24 after a day of rest the last three seasons overall (+660).

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The Cubs have picked up the first two games of the series and are after more, but the road team has other ideas.

Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs

Philadelphia has dropped the first two games of this four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, but will now turn to its pair of aces over the weekend.  “We need to win tomorrow,” manager Charlie Manuel said.  “We’ll work on Sunday when we get there.”  The Phillies are now a game under .500 in July (6-7, -280), after going 20-7 during the month last season.  The club is still 17-10 against NL Central teams this season, which is similar to its 23-16 mark against the division in 2009.  First baseman Ryan Howard has produced three home runs and six RBIs in the first two games of this series and 20 homers on the season.  Don’t expect such a low-scoring game on Saturday, with the team having a 17-11 O/U mark in daytime games.

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The Phillies are 7-1 in the last eight meetings against the Padres, a team that has the National League’s best record coming into tonight’s contest.

San Diego Padres at Philadelphia Phillies

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