Former A's righty Lidle gets the nod

Lidle faces former team in Oakland

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.

Pitching matchup
PHI: RHP Cory Lidle
• 6-4, 4.18 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 22.09 ERA vs. OAK in 2004

OAK: RHP Kirk Saarloos
• 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.

"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
 Gameday Audio
Official game notes

On television

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
• Sunday: Off-day
• Tuesday: vs. Mets, 7:05 p.m. ET

Tony Kuttner is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.