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Phils Kick Off 10-Game Road Trip High Up in the Rockies

Aug 1, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

The 2011 MLB trade deadline has come and gone, with the exception of a potential smaller post-deadline deal for a Matt Stairsian type power bat off the bench, the Phillies have the team they'll be chasing their World Series dreams with. Suffice to say, it's a pretty darn good one. They just finished up a successful 10-game homestand by adding an All-Star right fielder, sweeping the Pirates, and going 7-3 over that stretch.

The 2011 MLB trade deadline has come and gone, with the exception of a potential smaller post-deadline deal for a Matt Stairsian type power bat off the bench, the Phillies have the team they’ll be chasing their World Series dreams with.

Suffice to say, it’s a pretty darn good one. They just finished up a successful 10-game homestand by adding an All-Star right fielder, sweeping the Pirates, and going 7-3 over that stretch.

They’ll kick off a tough 10-game road trip tonight that will take them through Denver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles before returning back to Citizens Bank Park.

Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.61) will take on right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (8-8, 3.50) and a Colorado Rockies team that is currently six games under .500 and was a seller at the deadline, departing with Ubaldo Jimenez.

You may have heard of that Hamels guy. He’s pretty good, and has allowed 2 ER or less in 11 of his last 12 starts.

It’s a late start from Colorado. 8:30 EST.

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Tonight’s Lineup: Jimmy, Shane, Chase, Ryan, Hunter, Raul, Placido, Carlos, and Cole.

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