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PHI@TEX: Kendrick tosses seven frames of one-run ball

Kyle Kendrick is starting the Phillies' home opener for the second consecutive season, though he had to wait a day longer than expected.

The Phillies made the preemptive decision on Sunday afternoon to move their opener from Monday to today at 4:05 p.m. ET. Kendrick will work opposite another Kyle -- the Brewers' Lohse.

After finishing their first sweep of the Red Sox in more than two decades, the Brewers said they had no problem with the switch.

"It's miserable to sit out there for hours and not know if you're playing or not," manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's always better to know that the weather is going to be fine the next day and we'll get it in."

For Lohse, it's a bit of a homecoming. He pitched a half-season for the Phillies in 2007, after he was traded from the Reds.

"That was the year we caught the Mets, when we were down seven games with 17 to play," Lohse said. "Unfortunately, we ran into the Rockies that year, when they won 22 in a row or whatever it was to get in the playoffs. They were on fire. But I enjoyed my time [in Philadelphia]. It was fun to be a part of that comeback."

Lohse does not expect to be affected by the hoopla sure to surround Philadelphia's home opener.

"I've pitched Opening Days before, and it's no different," he said. "Two years ago, I opened the Marlins' new ballpark, and they had a lot of stuff going on that day. When you're starting, you're in your own bubble."

Kendrick started Philadelphia's home opener last season against Kansas City. He allowed eight hits, five runs, two walks and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings.

"It was exciting," Kendrick said. "First game at home. I'm looking forward to this year, too. Especially after going through it already, the adrenaline and everything will be kind of under control. Last year I handled it OK, but the experience helps.

Both pitchers worked quality season debuts -- Kendrick limited the Rangers to one earned run in seven innings and Lohse held the Braves to three runs in seven innings -- and have enjoyed success against Tuesday's opponent. Kendrick owns a respectable 3.58 ERA in eight games, five starts against the Brewers, with 6.3 strikeouts per nine innings, his third-best mark among National League opponents. Lohse has a 2.98 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies.

"I think we're pitching pretty good right now, scoring some runs, scoring enough," Kendrick said. "The first day in Chicago we scored seven. That should be plenty. So hopefully we can keep it going."

Brewers: Manager has high hopes
• Roenicke is eager to get right-hander Jim Henderson on track because it would give him three quality setup men (with right-hander Brandon Kintzler and left-hander Will Smith) to Francisco Rodriguez, who is currently in the closer role. Because Kintzler and Smith appeared in four of the Brewers' first five games, they were off-limits on Sunday afternoon.

"We get Henderson back right, wherever that is, whether he's closing or whatever … I don't see any holes," Roenicke said. "You look at teams and say, 'Well, they're not going good at this or that.' I don't see any holes. I know we're going to [strike] out, I know we swing a lot. Is that a hole? I don't know. That's what we have. But I still think we're deep enough through the lineup that we should score a lot of runs."

Phillies: Hamels goes four innings in rehab start
• Left-hander Cole Hamels allowed two runs on three hits and struck out four in four innings in a rehab start Sunday afternoon with Class A Advanced Clearwater. He allowed both runs on homers to Blue Jays prospect Dwight Smith Jr., who was the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Hamels said last week he anticipated making three more rehab starts before rejoining the Phillies' rotation during the final week of April.

Worth noting
• All of the Phillies' scheduled home opener pregame festivities, including the Citizens Bank Way Opening Day Party and on-field performances, will take place Tuesday. Since the game is an hour later than originally scheduled, the event will now begin at 1 p.m. Standing room only tickets will go on sale at noon on Tuesday at the first-base ticket windows. All gates at Citizens Bank Park, including Ashburn Alley, will open at 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday.

• Chase Utley hit the 300th double of his career Saturday, which is eighth on the franchise list. He is just the third player in Phillies history to collect 300 doubles, 200 home runs, 800 RBIs and 100 stolen bases. He joins Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt and current teammate Jimmy Rollins. Utley needs one more RBI to move into a tie for 10th place on the all-time list. Utley has 813 RBIs. Bobby Abreu has 814.

• Jayson Nix made his Phillies debut last week. His brother, Laynce, played for the Phillies from 2012-13. They are the ninth set of brothers to play for the Phillies: David and Dennis Bennett, Dino and Lou Chiozza, Ed and Tom Delahanty, Granny and Garvin Hamner, George and Fritz Knothe, Charlie and Luther Roy, Bill and Roy Thomas and Wally and Jim Westlake.

• Brewers starters have a 1.65 ERA and have not given up more than three earned runs in any game.

• Milwaukee third baseman Aramis Ramirez has hit safely in all six games and is batting .440 (11-for-25), including 6-for-8 with runners in scoring position. He's the only Brewers player with a hit in every game. Comments