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May 28, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, lf; Nunez, 3b; Ruiz, c; Garcia, p.

Lefty Troubles
The Phillies are 5-12 against left-handed starters, including 1-4 at Citizens Bank Park.  Their last win over a lefty starter was May 11, the Cubs’ Rich Hill, at home.  Two southpaws have beaten them since, Ted Lilly (Cubs) and Scott Olsen (Marlins).   A year ago, the Phillies were 23-22 vs. LHP.

The Phillies haven’t been shut out and they haven’t tossed a shutout.

Memorial Day Record
Since Citizens Bank Park opened, the Phillies are 1-1 on Memorial Day, winning 11-6 over Washington last year.  They lost in 2004, 5-3, to the Mets.  The Diamondbacks are 4-4 in their history on this date.

Remembering Veterans
"Philadelphia City Council in 1970 chose Veterans Stadium as the name for the city’s new sports facility.  Veterans Stadium opened April 10, 1971, was closed September 28, 2003 and imploded March 21, 2004. To commemorate the site of Veterans Stadium, the Phillies dedicate this monument as an everlasting memorial to veterans who have defended America’s freedom since its inception in Philadelphia, July 4, 1776."

That message is displayed on the Veterans Memorial the Phillies built near the former site of Veterans Stadium. When it was decided the Vet would be replaced, the Phillies made a commitment to City Council and veterans organizations to build a monument commemorating the dedication and sacrifice of veterans, including prisoners of war or missing in action.

The memorial includes bronze plaques representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA. Surrounding the memorial are seven poles that display the American, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA flags. The flags fly year-round.

The granite-covered memorial is prominently located on Pattison Avenue and visible daily to people attending all events at the Sports Complex, not just Phillies games.

The Phillies, city officials, veterans and active military personnel participated in the dedication on June 6, 2005.

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