"After Thursday, I'll have made two starts and pitched here and [be] that much more comfortable with the situation and the environment and my surroundings," said Lee, who has never faced the Rockies. "I'm anxious to put that behind me and just kind of relax and get on a roll and give the team a chance to win."
PHI: LHP Cliff Lee (8-9, 3.02 ERA)
Lee couldn't have had a much better debut for the Phillies on Friday against the Giants at AT&T Park. He threw a complete game. He allowed one run, four hits and two walks in a 5-1 victory. He struck out six. Oh, he also went 2-for-4 with a double -- the first extra-base hit of his career. He worked efficiently and effectively, and made the Phillies feel pretty good about acquiring him July 29 from the Indians for prospects Carlos Carrasco, Lou Marson, Jason Donald and Jason Knapp.
Cook was solid for most of his 6 2/3 innings in Friday night's Rockies victory over the Reds, but he didn't figure in the decision. His biggest problem, besides the consecutive home runs by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips in the sixth, was the Rockies didn't find their offensive stride until late in the game. Cook gave up seven hits but forced 10 ground-ball outs. He'll need to keep the ball low against the dangerous Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, a similar bandbox to Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. Tidbits
Center fielder Shane Victorino, who was out of the lineup for four consecutive games because of a bruised left knee, appeared OK after going 2-for-4 on Tuesday and 1-for-4 on Wednesday. "Yeah, he seems fine," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He ran good." ... Shortstop Jimmy Rollins extended his hitting streak to 11 games Wednesday with a two-run homer in the second inning. Tickets
Buy tickets now to catch the game in person. On the Internet
Official game notes On television
CSN, MLBN On radio
WPHT 1210, WUBA 1480 (Español) Up next
Friday: Phillies (Joe Blanton, 7-5, 4.02) vs. Marlins (Ricky Nolasco, 7-7, 5.00), 7:35 p.m. ET
Saturday: Phillies (Cole Hamels, 7-6, 4.68) vs. Marlins (TBD), 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 10-8, 5.55) vs. Marlins (Josh Johnson, 10-2, 2.98), 1:35 p.m. ET
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.