Madson will pitch first for Phils

Phillies pitcher Ryan Madson will get the ball tonight when Game 5 of the World Series resumes at Citizens Bank Park. "He's been throwing the ball real good," manager Charlie Manuel said today. (Michael Perez / Inquirer)

Phils manager Charlie Manuel has played the first card of Game 5 1/2 of the World Series: After the Phillies hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, Ryan Madson will be first out of the bullpen in the top of the seventh.

"Madson will start the game for us," Manuel said, at a pre-mid-game press conference, undoubtedly the first ever press conference he has ever done in the middle of the sixth inning.

"He's got experience, and a couple of years ago he was a starter," Manuel said. "He go in like 20-something games as a starter. And like I said, he's got experience. He's been throwing the ball real good. I think from a mindset he also knows that, we've just got actually three innings for our bullpen to pitch.

"So it's kind of a mindset thing, but I think when you look at it, he's got to get three outs or four outs or whatever, five outs. Whatever. However long we leave him in."