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STL@PHI: Halladay two-hits Cardinals in great outing

The rumors of Roy Halladay's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The same can be said for Pittsburgh's Wandy Rodriguez.

On Wednesday, the veteran pitchers will square off against each other in the third game of the series, and they'll have another chance to put any doubts about their abilities to rest.

Rodriguez, 34, has been terrific this season, allowing only five hits in 16 innings while posting an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The left-hander allowed one hit in seven shutout innings against the Braves in his last start. He struck out five hitters on his way to his second victory of the season.

"It was like throwing darts, man," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said about Rodriguez. "As sharp as you ever want to see a guy -- from Pitch 1 to the 82nd pitch he threw."

Rodriguez has a 7.11 ERA in four appearances at Citizens Bank Park.

As for Halladay, he allowed two hits, two runs, two walks and struck out six in seven innings on Friday against St. Louis. The right-hander appears to have found his groove after a rough start to the season, posting a 1.80 ERA (three earned runs in 15 innings) in his last two starts.

"There were some times when I got away from it just trying to do too much," Halladay, 35, said. "I think when I stay within myself and execute the mechanics the way it should be done, I feel good."

Halladay allowed only two hits in eight innings in his lone start against the Pirates last season. Overall, he is 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA with 38 strikeouts and five walks in six starts against Pittsburgh in his career.

Pirates: Inge returns

The club recalled infielder Brandon Inge (injured right scapula) from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. The Pirates optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A to make room for him on the roster.

Inge finished 1-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday.

Phillies: Ruiz making his way back

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, who was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, began his rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater. Ruiz is eligible to return to the Phillies on April 28 against the Mets.

Worth noting

• The Pirates are 10-0 when leading after seven innings this season.

• Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has homered three times in his last four starts. Since the beginning of last season, the Pirates have gone 20-9 when Alvarez hits a home run.

• Pirates catcher Russell Martin is riding an eight-game hitting streak, his longest since hitting safely in nine straight games from June 29 to July 9, 2010.

• The Phillies' Michael Young is riding a 14-game hitting streak and is hitting .362 during that stretch. The veteran infielder has hitting streaks of at least 12 games in each of the last 10 seasons.

• The Phillies have three home runs from pinch-hitters this season. Since 2007, the club leads the Major Leagues with 47 pinch-hit home runs.

• Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is 55-for-55 in save opportunities for his career in the month of April.

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