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Makings of a Rivalry? Phillies Begin Series Vs. Washington

May 21, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

Spot starter Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96) gets a rough draw in the Fightins-Nats opener tonight, going head-to-head with lefthander Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22).

Spot starter Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 5.96) gets a rough draw in the Fightins-Nats opener tonight, going head-to-head with lefthander Gio Gonzalez (5-1, 2.22), once a member of the Phillies farm system. Kendrick dueled Stephen Strasburg to a no decision in a losing effort on May 4, while Gonzalez picked up the win the following night, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. In the final game of that series, Cole Hamels threw a baseball at Bryce Harper, and there is a perception these two clubs playing one another is kind of a big deal now.

Jimmy Rollins is out of the lineup tonight, as he and his wife celebrate the birth of their first child today, a baby girl. Congratulations, Rollinses, and go Phils.