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PIT@PHI: Kendrick tosses five scoreless innings

ARLINGTON -- Kyle Kendrick hopes to get back on track after a forgettable finish in 2013.

Robbie Ross hopes to get started the right way.

They face each other Wednesday night in the series finale between the Phillies and Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Kendrick had a 3.22 ERA after his first 13 starts last season, but posted a 6.45 ERA in his final 14 before finishing the season on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder. Ross will be making his first big league start. He made 123 relief appearances over the past two seasons.

Kendrick had a 40-game stretch in which he went 16-14 with a 3.50 ERA before that down finish last season. The Phillies would love to see him rediscover that consistency this year.

Kendrick was born in Houston and will be starting against the Rangers for the first time. He will be the 78th native-born Texan to start against the Rangers since they moved to Arlington in 1972. John Lackey is the all-time leader with 38 starts, while Nolan Ryan is second with 26 and Storm Davis third with 25.

Ross had a 2.86 ERA in Spring Training, with opponents hitting .259 against him. He had a 1.23 WHIP.

"He has been able to execute pitches," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He was able to make pitches, and that's what it takes to be a starter. You can have all the pitches in the world, but you have to make pitches."

Ross is 10-2 over the past two seasons with the Rangers. His .833 winning percentage is the highest for any Rangers pitcher with at least 100 games pitched.

Phillies: Revere hitting at the top

Ben Revere entered Tuesday's game against the Rangers hitting .351 (81-for-231) in 66 games since May 1, 2013. It is the highest batting average over that stretch (minimum 200 at-bats).

"I was impressed with his last five weeks [of Spring Training]," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "When we played our best baseball last year, he was doing what he's been doing this year up to this point. That's getting on base and having a line-drive, hard-ground-ball stroke, and making things happen on the bases. Really setting a good tone in that leadoff spot. He did that. I saw that for about five weeks last year when he went from .230 to .300. It was impressive."

Rangers: Bullpen roles undefined

Washington said roles in the bullpen remain undefined and will be that way for at least the first month.

Joakim Soria is the closer, but everybody else still needs to be prepared to pitch at any point of the game.

"It usually takes some time, unless you have the same bullpen from the year before," Washington said. "But if we can get six or seven solid innings with a lead, we can shut things down."

Worth noting

•  Only three current Phillies have faced Ross. Revere is 1-for-3, while Marlon Byrd and Jayson Nix are each 0-for-1.

•  Donnie Murphy is 4-for-9 in his career against Kendrick. Shin-Soo Choo is 2-for-8 with two home runs off Kendrick, while Prince Fielder is 3-for-5 with a home run.

•  Cole Hamels, who is on the DL with inflammation in his left shoulder, threw three innings Tuesday in a Minor League game in Clearwater, Fla. He allowed one run. He hopes to make six rehab starts. This was his second. Comments