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PHI@STL: Kendrick holds Cards to three runs over six

There have been plenty of trade rumors and speculation surrounding both the Phillies and Giants. As the Trade Deadline approaches, marquee players from both teams have been discussed as potentially being on the move.

But on Wednesday night, both teams will know who's playing where for the duration of the second half of the season.

While the Phillies' roster is in question, their struggles aren't. Philadelphia carried an eight-game losing streak into Tuesday night's game. That brought the Phillies to a season-worst seven games below .500. It was the longest losing streak in the Major Leagues this season.

Philadelphia snapped that streak with a 7-3 win over San Francisco.

As the Phillies' struggles have continued throughout the season, the question of whether they will be sellers has been thrown around. Players like Michael Young, Cliff Lee and Chase Utley were at the center of that speculation.

As late as Tuesday, Young was unsure of his future in Philadelphia.

"Whatever happens down the road happens down the road," Young said. "It seems like a day away, but that's a long time in baseball talk, so the last thing I want to do is hamstring the team I'm playing for. I want to make sure this is a good relationship from start to finish. Like I said, I don't think there is anything right now that is imminent, so my thoughts are on the game right now."

Regardless of what team Young suits up for Wednesday, the Phillies are going to continue to try to dig themselves out of the hole they dug for themselves in the National League East.

Kyle Kendrick will be on the mound for Philadelphia. He's been a reliable starter for the Phillies at 9-7 and a 3.96 ERA. He has the team's only win since the All-Star break, and that victory came with the support of 13 runs in a 13-8 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

Meanwhile, Chad Gaudin will start for the Giants. After starting the season in the bullpen, Gaudin moved to the rotation after Ryan Vogelsong went on the disabled list. Gaudin is 4-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 26 games, which include eight starts.

He's coming off a rough outing against the Reds, when he allowed six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.

While the Phillies have been at the center of trade speculation, San Francisco certainly hasn't been immune to those rumors either, with players like outfielder Hunter Pence and reliever Javier Lopez being in the middle of trade buzz.

Also like the Phillies, the Giants have scuffled recently. With its loss Tuesday night, San Francisco has lost its last five games and eight of its last nine.

All of those rumors, though, will come to a close shortly as the Trade Deadline approaches. Once the Phillies and Giants take the field Wednesday night, the uncertainty will finally have ended.

Phillies: Brown continues recovery
Outfielder Domonic Brown experienced concussion-like symptoms after diving for a fly ball last Tuesday in St. Louis, and ever since, getting back on the field hasn't been easy.

Brown was placed on the seven-day disabled list, but a return date remains unclear. Brown, who's hitting .271 with 24 home runs and 69 RBIs, is a key piece of the Phillies' lineup.

Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel said Brown will undergo more concussion tests Wednesday.

"It's going to be a little while," Manuel said. "I think it's probably going to be another week."

Giants: Kieschnick gets call to the big leagues
San Francisco called up outfielder Roger Kieschnick from Triple-A Fresno before Tuesday night's game. Kieschnick, 26, was having a solid season for the Grizzlies, hitting .273 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. He also had 27 doubles and nine triples.

The Giants are hoping he can add a spark to the lineup.

San Francisco also called up first baseman Brett Pill, who has spent part of three seasons with the Giants. Pill, 28, was hitting .344 with 18 home runs and 79 RBIs with Fresno this season.

Worth noting
The Phillies' Cody Asche, called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, made his Major League debut when he pinch-hit in the win over the Giants. He's still looking for his first big league hit, though, as he popped out to second.

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