Back in 2005, Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett were teammates sporting sub-3.50 ERAs atop the Marlins' starting rotation. Nine years later, they may not be perceived as the front end starters they once were, but they're still flashing signs of their youth.
Beckett and Burnett will meet up again at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies take on the Dodgers in Sunday's rubber match.
After a rib injury cut Beckett's 2013 campaign short after just 43 1/3 innings, he's in the early running for comeback player of the year with a 2.89 ERA through 46 2/3 innings in 2014.
These Phillies haven't seen much of Beckett, who arrived back in the National League in 2012 after six full seasons in the American League. On their current roster, only Jimmy Rollins has logged at least five at-bats against him. Domonic Brown, who left Saturday's 5-3 win with back spasms, has had the most success against Beckett -- a homer and two hits in as many plate appearances.
Beckett is 9-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 career starts against the Phillies dating to his time with Florida and Boston.
Burnett will try and follow up David Buchanan's win in his MLB debut on Saturday. The hard-throwing Burnett has seen some success in 2014 to this point as well, but has sputtered recently. Despite a 3.32 ERA on the season, in his last three starts, Burnett has a 6.75 ERA and made it past the fifth inning just once.
Offensively for the Phillies, Ben Revere is poised to get another start in center field after his four-hit Saturday as the leadoff hitter. By going 4-for-4, his average jumped from .269 to .289.
Revere was thrust into the leadoff spot for the first time since May 14, but has gotten accustomed to jumping in and out of different roles over in his career.
"I've kind of being doing it, even with the Twins the last couple of years, and I kind of got used to it a little bit," Revere said. "I was just keeping my focus. That's all you can do."
Dodgers: Mattingly opts to sit Kemp again
For the second time in as many games, center fielder Matt Kemp was out of the starting lineup on Saturday. The veteran has struggled defensively this season but has produced at the plate. Since May 3, Kemp is hitting .344 (22-for-64) with eight multi-hit games. Add that to the fact he has hit .390 (23-for-59) in his career at Citizens Bank Park. But the outfield alignment is something manager Don Mattingly approaches as a day-to-day part of his job.
"Every day for me is different," said Mattingly, who fielded many of the same questions on Friday afternoon. "I liked the way we looked [Friday] night. Every day presents its own circumstances. How we match up. Who the opposing pitcher is, what guys need a day off. That's how it has to be done."
Phillies: Asche's hamstring ailing
Third baseman Cody Asche is battling tendinitis in his left hamstring. He has not started in two consecutive games.
"Nothing severe," Asche said on Saturday. "I've been playing through it for about six or seven games. I don't think the training staff really liked the way it was headed, so we're just trying to kill it right now. We've got a pretty important stretch right now."
Asche missed some time in early April because of a hamstring issue.
• The Phillies placed right-hander Luis Garcia on the disabled list on Saturday with a strained right forearm. He had pitched once since May 8.
• Phillies pitchers entered Saturday with a .290 opponents' average to batters leading off an inning this season. It ranked last in baseball.
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was removed from Saturday's lineup with left calf soreness. Erisbel Arruebarrena started at short for the second straight game after making his Major League debut in Friday's 2-0 win. The Dodgers are hoping Ramirez can play in Sunday's finale.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.