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Lee goes for Phils as NLCS shifts to Philly

Lee goes for Phils, as NLCS shifts to Philly
 
(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee tries to continue his magnificent postseason this evening, as the National League Championship Series shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3 between the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park
 
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"They''ve got an unbelievable lineup, which is my concern," Lee said. "Top to bottom it is pretty impressive. So you''ve got to limit your mistakes and work ahead in the count and mix speeds. If you do that, good things should happen."

Lee was magnificent for Philadelphia in his two starts against the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS, yielding just two earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.

Acquired at the trade deadline from Cleveland, Lee went 7-4 for the Phils with a 3.39 ERA in 12 starts.

Lee was sensational upon his arrival in Philly, surrendering just three earned runs through his initial five starts, but struggled towards the end of the regular season, losing four of his last seven decisions.

However, he has been the ace the Phillies envisioned he would be this postseason.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, will counter with Hiroki Kuroda, who was left off the NLDS roster because of a neck injury. Kuroda, though, is healthy now and went 8-7 with the Dodgers this season, but won three of his final four starts.

Kuroda has also pitched to a 0.95 ERA in three starts against the Phils and beat them in last year''s NLCS.

"My confidence level is there," Kuroda said. "Physically, I''m feeling really well. And I think as I go into the game, my confidence level is going to go up. So I''m not worried about it right now."

On Friday, Los Angeles rallied for two eighth-inning runs off the Phillies bullpen, as J.A. Happ walked Andre Ethier to force in the deciding run, spoiling a vintage Pedro Martinez outing and evening this series in a 2-1 decision.

"I was really proud of the at-bat that Andre had," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "He got behind in the count, the shadows made it tough to see and he laid off some tough pitches...It was obviously huge."

Martinez silenced the Dodgers'' bats to just two hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out three and walking none.

But Chan Ho Park (0-1) and the much-maligned Philadelphia bullpen -- with the aid of a Chase Utley error -- couldn''t hang on to a one-run lead in the eighth.

Hong-Chih Kuo (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the eighth behind a stellar start from Vicente Padilla, who allowed just one run, four hits and a walk while fanning six in 7 1/3 innings for the Dodgers.

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