July 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (right) reacts after being tagged out at home in the sixth inning by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Phillies Drop Heartbreaker To Dodgers On 12th Inning Walkoff Homer

The Phillies lost 5-3 to the Dodgers on Wednesday in the 12th inning on a walkoff home run.

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Phillies At Dodgers Preview: Roy Halladay Returns From DL As Philadelphia Lineup Returns To Full Strength

For the first time this season Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies' batting lineup and pitching rotation will be fully healthy entering a contest. The return of ace pitcher Roy Halladay will highlight the evening's accomplishment as the Phils' search for their fourth straight victory when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of a three-game set at Dodgers Stadium (10:10 p.m. ET on Comcast SportsNet).

Halladay (4-5, 3.98 ERA) will take the mound the mound for the first time since May 27 after straining his right lat. It is unclear as to who Halladay will oppose, as Dodgers planned starting pitcher was Chad Billingsley, who's suffering from elbow inflammation and isn't expected to start. MLB.com's Jake Kaplan thinks L.A. could start minor-leaguer Stephen Fife.

Halladay's return comes a few games after Ryan Howard, who smacked the game-winning home run in a 3-2 victory on Monday, returned from the disable list. Veteran second baseman Chase Utley, who also missed most of the season with a knee injury, will also be in the lineup for the first time of a Halladay start.

A victory Tuesday for the Philly could setup a possible three-game sweep of the Dodgers, who're 6-18 in their last 24 games, as lefty Cliff Lee will pitch Wednesday for the Phillies.


Next Game

Philadelphia Phillies
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012, 10:10 PM EDT
Dodger Stadium

Roy Halladay vs TBA

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.

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