The All-Star break could not have come at a better time for the Phillies and Mets.
The National League East foes played a combined 196 games in the first half of the season, but numerous extra-inning games have made the past 3 1/2 months feel even longer.
The Phillies beat the White Sox, 4-3, in 10 innings on Sunday in their last game before the break. They also went to extra innings twice on Saturday in a doubleheader against the Sox, resulting in an 11-inning loss and a 13-inning win. It was the first time that Philadelphia had played 24 innings or more in a single day since July 24, 1998.
The Mets, meanwhile, have played 19 extra innings this month and 12 extra-inning games this season. Five of their extra-inning contests have gone 13 frames or more, including a 20-inning marathon with Miami in early June.
"Extra innings every once in a while aren't that bad," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "But when you make a habit out of it like we do, on top of that, not just play 10 or 11, we have a tendency to play more than that. For sure, it catches up to you."
Jeremy Hefner will get the nod for New York in the series opener at Citi Field on Friday, as he looks to record his sixth straight quality start. Since June 21, Hefner is 3-0 with seven runs allowed, five walks and 26 strikeouts.
The Phillies will counter with Kyle Kendrick, who overcame shoddy defense and a sluggish offensive performance to win his last start. Facing All-Star Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals, Kendrick allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings and worked through four errors, including three by second baseman Chase Utley.
"He really had to battle, because we made some mistakes," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said of Kendrick. "There was some sloppy play. He definitely was the guy that got us out of the jams."
Mets: Piazza to be honored
• Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony on Sept. 29 at Citi Field. Piazza spent eight seasons with the Mets (1998-05), and has the most home runs (396) of any catcher in Major League history.
"Mike Piazza reinvigorated our franchise when we acquired him in May 1998," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. "Mike is one of the greatest players in our history and we are thrilled to induct him into the Mets Hall of Fame."
Phillies: Broken ankle tough news for hot-hitting Revere
• Center fielder Ben Revere had surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken right ankle and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks. Revere sustained the injury fouling a ball off his ankle in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Revere entered the doubleheader hitting .347 since the end of April, which was the sixth-best batting average in baseball during that stretch.
"It's one of those deals," Revere said Sunday. "It's part of the game. I've probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it."
With Revere out, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the Phillies are in the market for a center fielder.
• Starter Roy Halladay, who has not pitched since May 5 as he recovers from shoulder surgery, said that Philadelphia's performance this season has not changed his feelings about staying with the team beyond this season.
"Hopefully we keep ourselves in a spot where we can contend this year and I can come back and help," Halladay said. "I'm not looking to go somewhere else. I feel like this is where I wanted to be and I still want to be here."
• The Phillies and Mets have split their six games at Citizens Bank Park this season, but the Phils swept their three-game set at Citi Field in April.
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.