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CHC@PHI: Rollins ties Schmidt's hits record

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins has an opportunity to make history on Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies shortstop is one hit shy of setting the franchise record for hits.

Rollins doubled in the ninth inning Friday to tie Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt's record of 2,234 hits. Rollins brings an eight-game hitting streak into Saturday's game and has a good chance to set the record, as he is 7-for-13 (.538) lifetime against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.

While Rollins chases history, the Phillies are trying to climb out of the bottom of the National League East. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has not ruled out the possibility that the club can turn things around before the July 31 Trade Deadline. But if it doesn't, the team could be sellers. The Phils had a three-game win streak snapped on Friday and have not won four straight in over a year.

"I believe in our players, but if they keep playing at this same rate they were playing ... if they play like they did the last three or four games, that'd be different," Amaro said. "But if they keep playing at the rate they were playing the last week and a couple weeks prior, then my confidence would be low. We'll see. They have ability."

The Cubs, meanwhile, are 14-11 over their last 25 games since May 17. Chicago is 2-2 against Philadelphia this season, and is looking to win the season series for the first time since 2010 (4-2).

Jackson posted his sixth loss of the season in his last start, charged with four earned runs on seven hits over six innings against the Pirates. In six career starts against the Phillies, the right-hander is 1-5 with a 5.60 ERA.

The Cubs have struggled on the road this season with a 12-24 record. But the Phillies haven't enjoyed much success at home, going a disappointing 15-20.

Cubs: Leadoff spot unsettled
With Emilio Bonifacio going on the disabled list Friday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria said he plans to bat Chris Coghlan, Junior Lake or Ryan Sweeney at the top of the lineup. Coghlan got the call Friday and opened the game with a single.

"Of the guys that are here, [Coghlan] has actually led off before in Miami. And we have led off [Lake] in the past," Renteria said. "So we're just going to try to mix and match and see where we go with that."

Bonifacio was also Chicago's primary center fielder. Renteria said Sweeney, Lake and Justin Ruggiano would all see time at the position while Bonifacio is sidelined. Sweeney got the start in center field on Friday and went 0-for-4.

Phillies: Buchanan looks to end skid
David Buchanan will take the mound for the Phillies in his fifth Major League start. The right-hander beat the Dodgers in his debut on May 24, but has lost his last three outings.

Over those three starts, Buchanan has compiled a 6.75 ERA in 18 2/3 innings and allowed 23 hits, including four home runs.

The Phillies promoted Buchanan from Triple-A after Cliff Lee went on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. Lee played catch in the outfield before Friday's game for only the second time since he sustained the injury in mid-May, so he's still weeks away from returning to the Phils' rotation.

Worth noting
• Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is 7-for-14 lifetime against Jackson with one double, two triples and four RBIs.

• Cubs starting pitchers have delivered 33 quality starts this season, but Chicago is only 17-16 in those games. Comments