AAA  Jul. 13, 2014 1:05 PM ET
Kendrick bedeviled by the first inning this season
Bob Vetrone Jr., Philadelphia Daily News (MCT)
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IF YOU ARE heading to Citizens Bank Park tomorrow to see the last Phillies game before the All-Star break, be sure to get there early . . . Well, maybe, on second thought . . .

Kyle Kendrick, the Phils' scheduled starter that day, is having a heck of a time in the first inning this season. Once he gets out of it, though, his numbers are fairly respectable:

Opp. Opp. Opp.

ERA Bat. OBA Slg.

Inning 1. . . 10.50 .373 .424 .639

Innings 2-8. . . 3.34 .255 .309 .382

All told, more than one-third of the total runs he has allowed this season (21/61) have come in the first stanza.

By the way, his 171 career starts heading into tomorrow place him 14th all-time among righthanders in Phillies history. If he can squeeze 11 starts into the second half of the season, he would tie Brett Myers (183) for 10th on that list.

Other stats that caught our attention recently . . .

* The night before Kendrick takes to the mound, Cole Hamels and the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg will do the honors. Hard to believe that combined they are one game under .500 this season (10-11).

* The Phillies' sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers this week was the club's 39th four-game (or longer) sweep since divisional play began in 1969. For more details and that complete list of four-game sweeps, go to

* Over their series with the Phillies last weekend, Pirates pitchers threw 378 pitches. Exactly one of them was thrown when the Phillies had a lead.

* No fewer than three players from South Jersey high schools will be at All-Star Game Tuesday: Reds 3B-1B Todd Frazier (Toms River South), Athletics P Sean Doolittle (Shawnee) and Angels CF Mike Trout (Millville).

* The invitees to the Sixers' camp to form their Las Vegas Summer League team include Elijah Millsap (UAB) and Elijah Johnson (Kansas). No pressure, guys, but . . . No player named Elijah has ever played in a regular-season NBA game.

* There were five goals scored in the World Cup quarterfinals, covering 418 minutes. That's a goal every 83.5 minutes. (Thank goodness Chip Kelly's offense showed up for the semifinals dressed in Germany's uniforms.)


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