Thursday Matchup: Eflin for Phillies vs. Freeland for Rockies

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Rockies lefthander Kyle Freeland takes the mound, looking to regain Opening Day form. Freeland pitched the season opener at Miami, and allowed one run in seven innings for the win -- his lone win in four starts this season.

But then maybe it's just a pattern. A year ago, when he finished fourth in the NL in the Cy Young voting and set a franchise record with a 2.85 season ERA and a 2.40 ERA at Coors Field, he was 0-3 with a 5.85 ERA after four starts. He, however, went 17-4 with a 2.18 ERA in his next 29 starts.

Eflin is coming off a loss at Miami, where he allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon has enjoyed his limited exposure to Eflin. He is 4-for-7 with a walk, two home runs and four RBI.

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