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Tuesday, April 9th (All times Eastern)

New York Mets (5-2) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-5), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00)

(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee tries to follow up a terrific first start on Tuesday when the Philadelphia Phillies resume a three-game set with the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park.

Lee beat the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, holding them to just two hits over eight scoreless innings. He also struck out eight without walking a batter. Of course, Lee didn't pick up his first win last season until July 4.

"Last year, I got the first win on the Fourth of July," Lee said. "It's nice to get it out of the way on the first one, no doubt."

Lee's start was an aberration for Philadelphia's staff, which is pitching to a 7.08 ERA thus far.

"I think it's early, but I'm concerned about our pitching," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. "I still think we're going to score some runs. When we get Carlos Ruiz and Delmon Young in the lineup, we're definitely going to score some runs. Right now, we've got to work through the problem we're having with our pitching.

"Our starting pitching definitely has to get better for us to win some games."

Starting pitching was certainly a concern in Monday's opener, as Roy Halladay was roughed up for seven runs and the Mets cruised to a 7-2 win.

While Halladay's struggles continued, Matt Harvey dazzled with nine strikeouts. Much like his first start, Harvey sliced through the opposition's batting order and yielded just one run on three hits over seven innings of work.

He became just the second Mets pitcher to produce those statistics in consecutive starts to begin a season. The only other to accomplish the feat was Nolan Ryan.

John Buck continued his torrid start, contributing a three-run homer. Ruben Tejada drove in a pair, while David Wright and Lucas Duda had an RBI apiece in New York's third straight win.

Halladay (0-2) was ineffective for the second straight start, as he surrendered seven runs on six hits over four-plus frames in a loss that ended his eight-game winning streak against New York.

"It's important to get ahead and attack and I have a lot of 2-0 counts, a lot of high pitch counts," said Halladay. "You know, I thought I made some good pitches, but they were getting hit."

Heading to the hill for New York on Tuesday will be righty Dillon Gee, who suffered a hard-luck loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Gee only allowed a run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of that one, but still absorbed the loss.

Gee is 2-1 in six games (5 starts) versus the Phillies with a 6.46 ERA.

The Mets won seven of their nine games in Philadelphia last season.

04/09 11:25:27 ET

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    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Tonight at 6:30 on 620am

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
Final
SAC 107
MIL 108
Final
GSW 114
OKC 109
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
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ORL
UTA
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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BOS
MIN
 
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DET
TOR
 
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MIA
WAS
 
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MEM
CHI
 
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SAN
POR
 
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DEN
LAC
 
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LAL
OKC
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
Final
ORST 90
DEP 59
Final
PAC 69
NEV 65
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
Final
IDAHO 86
WALLA 39
 
Final
UTST 57
CALST 56
 
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YOUNG
WILB
 
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TULA
JST
 
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RAD
SIENA
 
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MERC
COOK
 
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BUCK
CASEWEST
 
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LIB
CPNC
 
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SCAR
CLEM
 
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CMICH
CONC
 
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MIAMI
EKENT
 
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GWEBB
HIWASSEE
 
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ODU
MDES
 
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BUF
NIAG
 
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KSU
NCAT
 
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FAM
UNF
 
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NORST
NARZ
 
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DART
NILL
 
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MORE
NKENTUCKY
 
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UCSB
SDCHR
 
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STJ
GAELS
 
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ALA
STILL
 
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HAMP
TENST
 
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TENN
TENT
 
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WMARY
WSHMD
 
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FLGC
FUR
 
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CALST
SDKST
 
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MTST
CHAT
 
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NDAK
DICKINSON
 
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LAMON
LSUALEX
 
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PRIN
LIP
 
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LAM
MLGN
 
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MINN
SEAT
 
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LOYC
SUTAH
 
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SELA
WINT
 
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SILL
NO
 
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MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
ARKPB
 
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DEN
COLST
 
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
 
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UTST
IDST
 
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UTEP
ARZ
 
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CHAM
HAW
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
Final
SJS 4
EDM 3
Final
LOS 6
STL 4
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NJD
TAM
 
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OTT
ANA
 
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DET
NYI
 
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WIN
BOS
 
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CAL
DAL
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13