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Not Too Short So Far

Phils' backup shortstops have filled in admirably well so far.

Not Too Short So Far

Michael Martinez made a crucial error in the Mets´ four-run first inning on Wednesday. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Michael Martinez made a crucial error in the Mets' four-run first inning on Wednesday. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

Although there is still a ways to go before Jimmy Rollins' return, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez are filling in nicely at the plate so far in his sted.

Rollins' replacements have a hit in seven of the nine games he has not started this season and are batting .290. The Phils are 6-3 in those contests.

A game-by-game look (*indicates two starts by Martinez, others are by Valdez):

Date Opponent Result   AB     R     H    BI Also
May 26 *Reds     W 10-4 4 1 2 2 2B, SF
June 1 at Nationals     L    1-2 2 0 0 0  
June 5 at Pirates W   7-3 4 1 1 0 IBB
June 6 Dodgers W   3-1 3 1 1 0 2B, K
June 7 Dodgers L    2-6 4 0 2 0  
June 8 Dodgers W   2-0 4 0 0 0 K, K
Aug. 22 Mets W 10-0 3 1 1 1 IBB
Aug. 23 Mets W   9-4 3 0 1 1      2B, SF, K
Aug. 24 *Mets L    4-7 4 1 1 0 K
   Totals         (6-3) 31 5 9 4  
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