Phillies ready to open second half against Padres

Phillies host the Padres
The Phillies welcome the San Diego Padres to Philadelphia on Friday for a three-game set to open the second half of the season.

Jake Arrieta will start the series opener for the Phillies and oppose Clayton Richard. The Padres come to Philadelphia with the worst record in the National League, sitting 19 games below .500 at 40-59.

The Phillies, meanwhile, hold sole possession of first place in the NL East over Atlanta and finished the first half with their fourth-highest win
total before the break since the first All-Star Game in 1933. The only clubs better were in 1993 (57 wins), 2011 (57 wins) and 1976 (56 wins), all years in which the Phillies reached the postseason.

Arrieta has been on a roll as of late for the Phillies, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER, 19.0 IP) while holding opponents to a .203/.268/.266 slash line over his previous three starts.

Friday also marks the return of Freddy Galvis to Philadelphia. The shortstop played in 642 games with the Phillies over six seasons. He was traded to the Padres in the offseason for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos. Matt Stairs also returns to Philly tonight in his role as the Padres' hitting coach.

Starting Lineup
Hernandez 4
Hoskins 7
Herrera 8
Santana 3
Franco 5
Altherr 9
Kingery 6
Alfaro 2
Arrieta 1

Roster Moves
The Phillies recalled infielder Mitch Walding on Friday and optioned De Los Santos to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In eight plate appearances with the Phillies this year Walding has struck out seven times.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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