First Half Finale, Second Half Rotation, Etc.

It's the final day of the unofficial first half of the season, when players will scatter to various parts of the country to kick back and relax for four days. First, though, we've got a game between the Phillies and Braves with the outcome of this three-game series hanging in its balance.

Placido Polanco is not in the line-up for a fifth straight game as he continues to battle a back injury. Polanco had hoped to play in the All-Star Game, where he is scheduled to start at third base. But he has decided against it, although he and teammate Shane Victorino will travel to Arizona to represent the Phillies despite their respective injuries.

Cole Hamels will start today, and pitching coach Rich Dubee said he will likely return to the mound on Saturday against the Mets, while Vance Worley will start on Friday. From there, a lot depends on how much Roy Halladay pitches in the All-Star Game. The starter for the game will not be announced until the NL and AL teams gather in Phoenix.

  1. Rollins SS
  2. Martinez 3B
  3. Utley 2B
  4. Howard 1B
  5. Ibanez LF
  6. Ruiz C
  7. Brown 9
  8. Mayberry CF
  9. Hamels LHP

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