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Wolf back on hill in twin bill opener

Wolf returns as Phils play day-night twin bill

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It was Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks who coined the expression, "It's a great day for baseball, let's play two."

As for Sunday's split doubleheader between the Phillies and Marlins, Randy Wolf only has to play one and it will be a great day.

In the opener, Wolf takes the mound for the first time since June 11, 2005. He has been rehabbing for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, and feels the day will be just as special as his first outing back in 1999.

"When you get the big leagues after an injury, it's just like your debut," Wolf said. "You have to prove that you're OK."

Wolf faces Marlins rookie right-hander Anibel Sanchez in the opener. Sanchez, who came over from Boston in the Josh Beckett trade, is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

Ryan Madson tries to erase the memory of his last start, and the four wild pitches in an inning that he threw, when he takes the mound in the nightcap. Madson faces Florida right-hander Brian Moehler, who enters with a 6.84 ERA.

Pitching matchup
Game 1
FLA: RHP Anibal Sanchez (4-0, 3.00)
Sanchez had a franchise-record 23-inning scoreless streak snapped in his last outing.

PHI: LHP Randy Wolf (6-4, 4.39 in 2005)
Wolf has a 3-12 record in 17 career starts against the Marlins.

Game 2
FLA: RHP Brian Moehler (5-7, 6.84)
Moehler will be activated for the game after spending four weeks on the DL with a sore right foot.

PHI: RHP Ryan Madson (8-7, 6.18)
Madson had five walks, two hit batsman and four wild pitches in his last start.

Player to watch
Chase Utley comes into the game third on the Phillies' all-time list with a 29-game hitting streak.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• Game 1: UPN 57
• Game 2: MLB.TV

On radio
• WPHT 1210

• Monday: Marlins (RHP Josh Johnson, 8-5, 2.60) at Phillies (RHP Jon Lieber, 4-7, 5.52), 1:05 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Phillies (RHP Cory Lidle, 8-7, 4.74) at Cardinals (RHP Jeff Suppan, 8-5, 4.98), 8:10 p.m. ET
• Wednesday: Phillies (RHP Brett Myers, 6-5, 3.57) at Cardinals (RHP Jeff Weaver, 4-11, 6.32), 8:10 p.m. ET

Zachary Levine is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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