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LAD@SD: Fife strikes out six against the Padres

Although Stephen Fife didn't expect to be in the Dodgers' starting rotation this season, he sure has filled in nicely.

In a rotation that has been ravaged by injuries, Fife has been a solid option for the Dodgers, going 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA since joining the rotation at the beginning of June.

Fife will get the nod in Sunday's finale of a four-game series between the Phillies and Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

The right-hander earned his second career win on Tuesday, allowing three runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings of work against the Giants.

"I'm here to pitch as well as I can to help the team win a World Series," Fife said. "If it lasts a week or two weeks or the rest of the year, I'm just going to do my job every fifth day."

Fife will be up against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick, who has been on a roll in June.

Kendrick (7-4, 3.46 ERA) has pitched six or more innings and allowed three runs or fewer in four of his five starts during the month.

The right-hander picked up a win on Tuesday against the Padres, allowing just two runs on seven hits in eight innings of work. It marked the 11th time he has allowed two earned runs or fewer this season.

In 10 career games against the Dodgers, seven of which have been starts, Kendrick is 5-4 with a 7.58 ERA.

Phillies: Hamels pushed back two days
Cole Hamels' next start was pushed back to Thursday in Pittsburgh, with the club believing he needs a mental and physical break.

He had been scheduled to pitch Tuesday, but manager Charlie Manuel said they hope two extra days of rest can help.

"See if that won't help him some. See if we can't get him back to feeling good about himself. He benefits just by clearing his head a little bit and resting," Manuel said. "We'll give him a blow, mentally and physically. Mental has a lot to do with it."

Hamels is 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA. He is the first Phillies pitcher to lose 11 games before July since Claude Passeau and Wayne LaMaster in 1937.

Dodgers: Beckett to undergo surgery
Starting pitcher Josh Beckett will undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck area.

Beckett, diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, will have the procedure done the week of July 8. Dr. Greg Pearl will perform the operation in Dallas.

Beckett's recovery is expected to take between three to five months, according to the Dodgers.

"I know he had some tingling after throwing, and he hadn't been throwing very long," manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday's game against the Phillies.

Worth noting
• Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez extended his hit streak to 11 games on Saturday with a three-run home run in the first inning.

• Veteran right-hander Carlos Zambrano has been placed on the disabled list with the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate because of a stiff right shoulder. Zambrano lasted just two innings in Friday's start because of the injury.

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