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Friday, July 25 (All times Eastern)

Arizona Diamondbacks (44-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-58), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16) Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Wade Miley eyes his fourth straight win on Friday when the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Miley has been terrific of late for the Diamondbacks, pitching to a 1.74 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 20 2/3 innings in winning his last three starts. His most recent win came on Saturday versus the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings to even his record at 6-6 to go along with a 4.16 ERA.

"He's just throwing the ball really well. It's coming out of his hand good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other thing, I think, in his head, he's managing things a little better, as well. Really efficient with what's going on out there."

Miley is 1-0 in two starts versus the Phillies with a 2.25 ERA.

As good as Miley has been, Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick has been just as bad, winning just one time in his past six starts. Overall, he's 4-10 with a 4.87 ERA and has surrendered 18 runs in 16 2/3 innings over his past three starts, including two that resulted in losses.

Kendrick, who has pitched to a 10.80 ERA in the first inning, has pitched to a 5.30 ERA over the last calendar year, the worst among any starter who has made 30 starts in that span.

"It's just been a tough year for me," said Kendrick, who is 0-2 with a 5.45 ERA in eight games (7 starts) versus Arizona. "I don't know why. I just have to keep pitching."

Philadelphia enters this series on a rare winning note, as it avoided a four- game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday by pulling out a 2-1 win.

It was just the second win in nine tries for the Phillies, who for the second day benched struggling first baseman Ryan Howard. The former NL MVP may be among the league leaders with 60 RBI, but is hitting just .156 in the month of July.

"He understands the scuffling against left-handed pitching, but there are also some left-handed pitching he handles," Sandberg said. "I'll take a look at that ... I told him to be ready to go, continue to work at his game and be ready."

Arizona, meanwhile, has won four of its last six, but dropped two of three to Detroit this past week.

Philadelphia took two of three from the D-backs earlier in the year.

07/25 10:40:04 ET

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  • CFB: NC State at UNC

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Half
NCSU 33
BSU 23
 
2nd
PIT 1
CAR 1
 
2nd
CHA 52
GSW 45
 
8:00pm Tonight
UF
UNC
8:30pm Tonight
TULSA
ECU
Final
BOS 102
CHI 109
2nd
CHA 52
GSW 45
 
1st
TOR 18
DAL 20
 
1st
DET 29
MIL 25
 
2nd
ATL 19
NOP 15
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
LAC
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
NYK
8:00pm Tonight
IND
ORL
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
SAC
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DEN
PHO
10:00pm Tonight
POR
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAL
MIN
Final
WMICH 21
NILL 31
Final
SMU 9
HOU 35
Final
IOWA 34
NEB 37
Final
SFLA 0
UCF 16
Final
MARS 66
WKENT 67
Final
KSU 27
AKR 24
Final
BGU 24
BST 41
Final
UMASS 21
BUF 41
Final
EMICH 16
TOL 52
Final
MIZZ 21
ARK 14
Final
SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
 
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
Final
AFA 27
COLST 24
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
8:00pm Tonight
VT
UVA
8:30pm Tonight
TULSA
ECU
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
Final
KU 82
TENN 67
Final
TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
Final
NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
Final
RIU 66
SCU 44
Final
NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
Final
DART 68
MAST 67
Final
WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
Final
OSU 73
JMU 56
Final
TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
Final
BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
Final
UGA 62
MINN 66
 
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
 
2nd
FSU 54
CSOU 43
 
Final
VALPO 66
DRAK 46
 
Final
CIN 69
MTST 51
 
Final
SDU 75
PRIN 65
 
2nd
WASU 70
RICE 62
 
2nd
CSFU 50
USCU 65
 
2nd
GT 45
RIDE 36
 
Half
TXPA 38
ALAST 55
 
Half
NCSU 33
BSU 23
 
Half
TCU 31
BRAD 24
 
Half
WAKE 38
DELST 36
 
2nd
HART 32
EMERSON 26
 
Half
STJ 28
GONZ 33
 
Half
CLEM 26
HIGH 16
 
Half
SYR 39
HC 17
 
2nd
MD 32
MON 24
 
2nd
JVST 35
SAV 31
 
2nd
MIAMI 47
SALA 29
 
Half
RUTG 31
VANDY 31
 
1st
PETE 22
TENST 15
 
8:00pm Tonight
MARS
CLST
8:00pm Tonight
JST
HOF
 
1st
INDST 4
MEM 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
UF
UNC
8:00pm Tonight
LATU
SAMF
8:00pm Tonight
TULA
SELA
 
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NEB
TENNM
8:30pm Tonight
MISS
CREI
8:30pm Tonight
PORT
MURST
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
MSU
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ARK
UNT
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NCOL
STET
 
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IND
UNCG
9:00pm Tonight
SJST
WMICH
9:05pm Tonight
MNTST
TXARL
9:30pm Tonight
UVA
LAS
9:30pm Tonight
STLU
MSST
9:30pm Tonight
COLST
PAC
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
NDAK
10:30pm Tonight
ILL
BAY
10:30pm Tonight
UAB
UCLA
11:30pm Tonight
WASH
LBSU
11:59pm Tonight
UCSB
MERC
Final
PHI 0
NYR 3
Final
ANA 1
CHI 4
Final
WAS 5
NYI 2
2nd
PIT 1
CAR 1
 
1st Intermission
NJD 3
DET 1
 
1st Intermission
BUF 1
MON 0
 
2nd
CLB 0
VAN 0
 
1st Intermission
BOS 0
WIN 1
 
1st
FLA 1
OTT 1
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
EDM
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
MIN