Former A's righty Lidle gets the nod
Philadelphia (38-30) at Oakland (27-39), 3:15 p.m. ET
The Phillies on the road have been consistently inconsistent, a trait they could reinforce with a win Saturday in the second game against the Athletics.Cory Lidle, who pitched for the A's in 2001 and 2002, will get the nod for Philadelphia against right-hander Kirk Saarloos.
Philadelphia is 5-6 in 11 road series this year, following a losing series with a winning series since the first month of the season.And since the team began this road trip by dropping two of three in Seattle, habit suggests Philadelphia will follow Friday's opening win over the A's with another this weekend. A positive sign for the Phils is that the offense seems to have snapped out of a mini-slump after scoring just five runs in three games in Seattle. They matched that in just one inning in Oakland on Friday.
PHI: RHP Cory Lidle
6-4, 4.18 ERA in 2005
0-1, 22.09 ERA vs. OAK in 2004
2-4, 4.65 ERA in 2005
Did not face PHI in 2004 Players to watch
Kenny Lofton has three hits in five career at-bats against Saarloos, with two doubles and two steals. Quotable
"The kid's been a great addition, but I'm not ready to give him any trophy yet." -- Todd Pratt, who signed his first pro contract when Robinson Tejada was a 3-year-old On the Internet
Official game notes On television
PHI: FOX On radio
OAK: KFRC-610 AM
PHI: WPHT-1210 AM Quick hits
Even after going 1-for-4 on Friday, Jimmy Rollins is hitting .444 (8-for-18) on the road trip. ... Bobby Abreu went 1-for-5 and has reached base via hit or walk in 18 straight games. ... David Bell went 2-for-3 to up his average against left-handers to .444 (28-for-63). ... The Phillies are 7-3 in Interleague play, 4-3 in games where they get to use a DH. On deck
Monday: at Athletics, 4:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: vs. Mets, 7:05 p.m. ET
Tony Kuttner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.