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06/04/2002 09:37 am ET 
Notebook: Rolen, Rollins still ahead in voting

ALL-STAR VOTING UPDATE
3B Scott Rolen and SS Jimmy Rollins continue to lead in the voting for the National League starters, according to information just released.

Rolen has 117,438 votes to 112,450 for Florida's Mike Lowell. Rollins continues to lead San Francisco's Rich Aurlia, 121,489-111,755.

INTERLEAGUE PLAY
Twelve games against four American League Central Division teams and three vs. the traditional rival Baltimore Orioles are on the schedule starting on Friday and running through June 23.

Detroit's Comerica Park is the site of this weekend's interleague series with the Detroit Tigers. It marks the second time the Phillies and Tigers have met in interleague play which started in 1997. Detroit was a member of the American League Eastern Division that season and the Tigers took two of three games in old Tiger Stadium.

From Detroit, the Phillies travel to Cleveland for three night games starting next Monday, June 10.

A nine-game homestand begins Friday, June 14, when the Baltimore Orioles start a weekend series. Following the Birds, the Chicago White Sox (June 18-19-20) and Minnesota Twins (June 21-22-23) play in Veterans Stadium for the first time.

Minnesota last played in Philadelphia against the Phillies in the annual Junior Baseball Federation Game (1961-62-63). The last time the White Sox played in Philadelphia was against the Philadelphia Athletics, August 26-27-28, 1954. Interleague play concludes when the Phillies play a weekend series at Camden Yards, June 28-29-30. In five previous seasons, the Phillies compiled a 39-46 record against American League clubs.

HITTING AGAIN
Mike Schmidt will return to the Veterans Stadium batter's box for the first time since 1989 as part of the Phillies Alumni Batting Challenge to take place before the 7:05 p.m. Friday, August 16, game with St. Louis. Six former Phillies will compete in the Batting Challenge, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Schmidt's "lasts" at the Vet (all in '89): At-bat: eighth-inning strikeout vs. SF's Rick Reuschel, May 17 . . . Hit: third-inning single off Atlanta's Tom Glavine, May 11 . . . Home run: first-inning off Houston's Jim Deshaies, May 2 (it was Mike's final and 548th HR.)

The Alumni Batting Challenge is part of Alumni Weekend, August 16-17-18. Prior to the Saturday afternoon game (17th), Phillies Alumni will be introduced on the field . . . Many Alumni will be featured as part of the tribute to Harry Kalas on Sunday (18th).

OH BROTHER!
A dual Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn Bobbing Head Doll will be given to all fans 15 and over when the Phillies pay tribute to "Harry the K" on Sunday, August 18. Kalas will be receiving the 2002 Ford C. Frick Award during the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, NY, on July 28.

The doll features both Harry and Whitey in their typical broadcasting outfits with their respective Hall of Fame dates designated on both sides of the base. Keystates Chrysler Jeep is the sponsor.

SAL HALL OF FAME
Larry Bowa is one of five people being inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.

The honor will take place at the annual SAL All-Star Game and HOF Awards Luncheon, Tuesday noon, June 18, at the White Sands Oceanfront Spa and Resort, Point Pleasant, NJ. The All-Star Game will be played that night in Lakewood, NJ.

Bowa will be joined by Dan O'Brien (baseball executive), Joe West (umpire), Winston Blenckstone (baseball executive) and Bill Blackwell (broadcaster/baseball executive).

The 99-year-old SAL has been known as the "cradle to the Majors" for its ability to develop Major League Stars such as Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan. Bowa's first professional season was with the Sparanburg (SC) Phillies in 1966. In Bowa's pro debut, he struck out four times in four at bats vs. Ryan.

1B Ryan Howard, SS Danny Gonzalez, C Ben Margalski, Manager Jeff Manto and Trainer Joel Kennedy will represent the Lakewood BlueClaws in the SAL All-Star game at GPU Energy Park.

HELPING KIDS
Thanks to the Phillies Wives, Comcast SportsNet and the fans, 123 baseball gloves were collected during the Montreal series over the weekend. The gloves will be donated to young players in the Little League's Urban Initiative Program in Philadelphia.

MINOR LEAGUE NOTES
2B Dave Doster drove in 4 runs with a single and fifth HR in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 13-3 win over Charlotte . . . 1B Nate Espy extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.471) with two singles, 8th double and RBI in Reading's 7-5 loss to Altoona. It was Espy's eighth multi-hit game during the streak. He's driven in 18 runs in the 12 games. . . . RHP Ryan Madson bids for his fifth straight win tonight at the Trenton Thunder.

BEST IN EAST
Phillies 18-10 record at home is the best among NL Eastern Division teams. Only the Colorado Rockies have won more home games (19-10).

UPCOMING PROBABLES:
June 4 vs FLA (7:05): Josh Beckett (2-3, 4.09) vs Terry Adams (2-3, 3.90)
June 5 vs FLA (7:05): AJ Burnett (5-5, 3.65) vs Randy Wolf (3-3, 5.03)
June 6 vs FLA (7:05): Ryan Dempster (3-5, 4.54) vs Brandon Duckworth (2-4, 5.11)





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