Lidle ready to rock and fire against Fish

Lidle ready to rock and fire against Marlins

The non-stop quest for the postseason continues in earnest this weekend, as the Phillies hope to regroup against the Marlins in a three-game series that begins Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phillies had a rough start to their 10-game homestand, with the Astros sweeping them off their National League Wild Card lead and into third place in the race, 2 1/2 games out.

Florida, meanwhile, has kept pace with Houston, and enters the weekend series just one game behind.

Cory Lidle will return from a strained left oblique muscle and make the start in the opener. He is 1-2 with a 9.22 ERA in three outings against Florida this season.

The Marlins will counter with A.J. Burnett, who's beaten Philadelphia twice this season.

Pitching matchup
FLA: RHP A.J. Burnett
• 12-9, 3.23 ERA in 2005
• 2-1, 4.29 ERA in 2005 vs. PHI

PHI: RHP Cory Lidle
• 9-10, 4.75 ERA in 2005
• 1-2, 9.22 ERA in 2005 vs. FLA

Player to watch
Bobby Abreu is 11-for-28 (.393) with one homer in his career off Burnett.

"I can't figure whether we try too hard or we get too tight in situations. I can't determine which one." -- Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, on his team's struggles of late

On the Internet
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television

On radio
• FLA: WQAM 560 AM; WQBA 1140 AM (Español)
• PHI: WIP 610 AM; WPWA 1590 AM (Español)

Quick hits
Ryan Howard leads all NL rookies with 15 homers. ... Jimmy Rollins swiped his 30th base of the season Wednesday. ... Billy Wagner's blown save Wednesday was just his third in 2005. ... Shane Victorino's pinch-hit single on Wednesday was his first base knock and RBI since the 2003 campaign.

On deck
• Saturday: vs. Florida, 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: vs. Florida, 1:35 p.m. ET
• Monday: vs. Atlanta, 7:05 p.m. ET

Ken Mandel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.