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NL GAME OF THE DAY

Shutout might not save J.A. Happ's spot with Phillies

Rookie probably will go to the bullpen if Pedro Martinez is ready.

August 06, 2009|Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — J.A. Happ struck out a career-high 10 in his second shutout of the season, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz all homered.

Happ (8-2) tossed a four-hitter in his latest outstanding outing, making a strong argument to remain in Philadelphia's rotation. But it may not be enough for the rookie left-hander.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez struck out 11 in six innings in a rehab start for double-A Reading. If Phillies officials are convinced Martinez can start in the major leagues, that probably would send Happ to the bullpen.

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