Phillies Vs Red Sox, Game 3: Cliff Lee Still Winless As Phillies Fall, 5-1

The Philadelphia Phillies lost, 5-1, on Sunday to the Boston Red Sox and dropped the three-game series, 2-1.

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Placido Polanco Injury Update: Ankle, Not Knee, Reason For Absence

For the last three games, including Sunday's season finale against the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies have been without their third basemen Placido Polanco. Originally, it was thought Polanco was out because of his knee, but the new member of the 2,000-hit club said Sunday it was his ankle giving him issues.

"They keep saying knee. I don’t have anything in my knee," he said. "I have a mild sprained ankle. I don’t know why people keep saying knee."

Polanco, 36, fouled three balls off himself on Monday, the game in which he had his 2,000th career hit. He said after that game he had fouled one off his calf, one off his knee and one off his ankle.

The third basemen said he hopes to return to the lineup on Monday, when Philly begins a three-game series against the visiting Washington Nationals.

Stick with this storystream for updates from Philadelphia's three game series against the Red Sox, and check out The Good Phight for all your analysis needs. If you're a Boston fan,Over The Monster has you covered.

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Phillies Vs. Red Sox, Game 3: Aces Cliff Lee, Josh Becket Face Off In Series Finale

The Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox will conclude their three-game, inter-league set Sunday, as Cliff Lee and Josh Beckett will opposes each other at Citizen Bank Park (1:35 p.m. ET on TBS). The two franchises will decide the winner of three-game series, which featured the Phillies (21-20) winning Game 1 and the Red Sox (19-21) taking Game 2.

Lee (0-1, 1.95 ERA) is still looking for his first win of the season thru five starts, despite having an ERA under two. In his last two starts, the bullpen has blown both leads.

Meanwhile, Beckett (3-4, 4.97 ERA) is coming off a solid seven-inning start against the Seattle Mariners, who struck out nine times.

On Saturday, Phillies starting pitcher Joe Blanton lasted just 4 1/3 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, while Red Sox starter Jon Lester went six innings on four runs. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for Philadelphia.

Stick with this storystream for updates from Philadelphia's three game series against the Red Sox, and check out The Good Phight for all your analysis needs. If you're a Boston fan,Over The Monster has you covered.

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Phillies Vs. Red Sox, Game 2 Final Score: Joe Blanton Falters As Philly Loses 7-5

Philadelphia Phillies starter Joe Blanton couldn't match Boston Red Sox starter Jon Lester Saturday, as the Phils' had their six-game winning streak snapped in a 7-5 loss at Citizen Bank Park. Blanton lasted just 4 1/3 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, while Lester went six innings giving up four runs to collect his third win of the season.

The Red Sox smashed four home runs, the last being a two-run blast by designated hitter David Ortiz, who helped Boston take a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning.

Philadelphia's offense totaled a game-best 15 hits, but went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

The three-game inter-league set concludes Sunday afternoon (1:05 p.m. ET) when Cliff Lee opposes Josh Beckett.

Stick with this storystream for updates from Philadelphia's three game series against the Red Sox, and check out The Good Phight for all your analysis needs. If you're a Boston fan,Over The Monster has you covered.

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