Dan Uggla homers off reliever Cole Hamels as Braves take lead

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The Braves took a 3-1 lead on the Phillies in the third inning thanks to a homer from Dan Uggla off reliever Cole Hamels.

Joe Blanton got the start for Philadelphia tonight, but he was removed after allowing one run in two innings.  Hamels, tuning up for his Game 3 start next week, struggled initially in what was his first major league relief appearance after 180 starts.  He’s now given up nine homers this month after allowing just 10 in his first 26 starts.

The Phillies got their one run in the first before Tim Hudson settled down.  Hudson is at 61 pitches through four innings.

Blake Wood has a damaged UCL

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Wood will seek further opinions before a course of treatment is decided. Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Wood, 32, had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire and has been on the disabled list since April 22. Prior to the injury, Wood compiled a 2.31 ERA with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

Keynan Middleton recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL, so it’s not been a great time to be a member of the Angels’ bullpen.