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• Before Friday's series opener, Placido Polanco took ground balls again, a positive sign for the injured third baseman. Polanco, who went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation on July 23, has yet to hit since the injury. He will travel with the club on its road trip to Miami, according to manager Charlie Manuel.

• The Cardinals are in town for the first time since upsetting the Phillies in last October's National League Division Series. This is the second of two meetings between the two clubs this season. The Phillies took three of four games in St. Louis in May.

• This weekend is Phillies Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Larry Bowa were scheduled to be among the Phillies' legends in attendance. Former All-Star catcher Mike Lieberthal was inducted onto the Phillies' Wall of Fame shortly before Friday's game.

• Gabriel Bermudez, a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies' Venezuelan summer league team, was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspension is without pay and effective immediately.

• The Phillies entered Friday with a 15-7 record against clubs in the NL Central, the only division in which the Phillies have an above .500 record against.

• Friday night's series opener began a stretch of 17 straight games without a day off for the Phillies. After hosting the Cardinals, they play at Miami and Milwaukee before returning home to play the Reds and Nationals.

• Before Friday's series opener, Placido Polanco took ground balls again, a positive sign for the injured third baseman. Polanco, who went on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation on July 23, has yet to hit since the injury. He will travel with the club on its road trip to Miami, according to manager Charlie Manuel.

• The Cardinals are in town for the first time since upsetting the Phillies in last October's National League Division Series. This is the second of two meetings between the two clubs this season. The Phillies took three of four games in St. Louis in May.

• This weekend is Phillies Alumni Weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Larry Bowa were scheduled to be among the Phillies' legends in attendance. Former All-Star catcher Mike Lieberthal was inducted onto the Phillies' Wall of Fame shortly before Friday's game.

• Gabriel Bermudez, a right-handed pitcher with the Phillies' Venezuelan summer league team, was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspension is without pay and effective immediately.

• The Phillies entered Friday with a 15-7 record against clubs in the NL Central, the only division in which the Phillies have an above .500 record against.

• Friday night's series opener began a stretch of 17 straight games without a day off for the Phillies. After hosting the Cardinals, they play at Miami and Milwaukee before returning home to play the Reds and Nationals.