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07/29/06 1:45 AM ET
Hamels opposes fellow lefty Willis
Florida (48-53) at Philadelphia (46-54), 7:05 p.m. ET
By Zachary Levine / MLB.com
The Phillies will be without a key member of their team when they take on the Marlins in the second game of the five-game set Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.
David Bell, who had been a Phillie since 2003, was traded to Milwaukee for Minor League right-handed reliever Wilfrido Laureano after Friday night's game. Abraham Nunez will become the club's regular third baseman.
Nunez is batting just .157 on the season, mostly as a pinch-hitter, and hopes that with some more time, that mark will see significant improvement.
"I can't say that I'm going to hit for sure, because this is a tough game," Nunez said. "But I think if you get some at-bats in a row, you'll be able to produce."
The infield is taking another hit at shortstop with Jimmy Rollins still nursing a hamstring injury. Chris Coste is the only other backup infielder on the team, but Bell's departure does leave one vacant spot on the 25-man roster to be filled before Saturday's game.
Cole Hamels, who takes the mound for the Phillies, is coming off a strange outing which saw him strike out 12 batters in the first five innings, but give up seven runs.
Facing Hamels in the all-lefty pitching matchup is Marlins ace Dontrelle Willis. Willis is a hard-luck 6-7 on the season, and has lost each of his last three starts against the Phillies.
FLA: LHP Dontrelle Willis (6-7, 3.97 ERA)
Allowed a career-high eight earned runs in 7 1/3 innings on May 1 against the Phillies.
PHI: LHP Cole Hamels (2-5, 5.98 ERA)
Has struck out 62 batters in his 55 2/3 innings of work this season.
Player to watch
Pat Burrell is batting .318 this season against left-handed pitching with nine homers in 85 at-bats.
On the Internet
Sunday, Game 1: Marlins (RHP Anibel Sanchez, 4-0, 3.00) at Phillies (RHP Ryan Madson, 8-7, 6.18), 1:35 p.m. ET
Sunday, Game 2: Marlins (RHP Brian Moehler, 5-7, 6.84) at Phillies (LHP Randy Wolf, 6-4, 4.39 in 2005), 7:35 p.m. ET
Monday: Marlins (RHP Josh Johnson, 8-5, 2.60) at Phillies (RHP Jon Lieber, 4-7, 5.52), 1:05 p.m. ET