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Ben Francisco Lives. . .but Chase Utley sits

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, and that's also where Charlie Manuel had appeared to leave his Ben Francisco, because the reserve outfielder had talled just four plate appearances since starting against the Giants on April 26.

Ben Francisco Lives. . .but Chase Utley sits

Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, and that's also where Charlie Manuel had appeared to leave his Ben Francisco, because the reserve outfielder had talled just four plate appearances since starting against the Giants on April 26.

But Francisco is in the line-up tonight, batting sixth against Pirates lefty Zach Duke. Veteran left fielder Raul Ibanez has the night off, along with second baseman Chase Utley, who continues to battle flu-like symptoms.

Jimmy Rollins is once again batting third. Manuel said he still looks at Rollins as a lead-off hitter, he's just easing him back into the action.

Utley is here, and I wouldn't be surprised if we see him make a late-inning cameo if the game is a close one.

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 3B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Jayson Werth RF
  6. Ben Francisco LF
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Juan Castro 2B
  9. Roy Halladay RHP
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