One of my beat-writing resolutions this season: Do a better job at posting the line-up and some pre-game notes each night. I'll also try to do a little bit of live-blogging in the comments section, where hopefully you folks can chime in with your observations.
The biggest headline tonight, other than Joe Blanton making his 2011 debut, is Pete Orr's first start as a Phillie. The veteran utility man is playing second base and batting seventh tonight. Orr is 2-for-4 lifetime off of Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, and he's had a couple of good pinch-hit at-bats thus far this season. Orr has never started more than 16 games in a season (that came in 2006 while a member of the Atlanta Braves).
The one thing that surprised me about the 32-year-old Orr this spring was his base-running ability I didn't realize he was as fast or fluid as he is.
The only other line-up change has Brian Schneider starting at catcher in place of Carlos Ruiz. This is just a normal day off for Ruiz. With a day game scheduled for tomorrow against lefty Jon Niese, Manuel elected to start the left-hand hitting Schneider against righty Pelfrey tonight and save Ruiz for tomorrow.
- Shane Victorino CF
- Placido Polanco 3B
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Ben Francisco RF
- Pete Orr 2B
- Brian Schneider C
- Joe Blanton RHP
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