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John Mayberry Jr. back in the two-hole

His recent play, including his plate discipline on a team that has little, is the reason.

John Mayberry Jr. back in the two-hole

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John Mayberry Jr. hits an RBI double against the Cardinals´ pitcher Jaime Garcia during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 19, 2013. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
John Mayberry Jr. hits an RBI double against the Cardinals' pitcher Jaime Garcia during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 19, 2013. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

John Mayberry Jr. is making his second straight start batting second, and his recent play is the reason why. In 44 plate appearances this season, the right fielder is hitting .316 with a .309 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage.

"He’s been getting on base," manager Charlie Manuel said on Monday afternoon. "He’s been getting some hits. He stole a base last night. He’s got 6 walks. You guys talk about us not getting walks, he’s got 6 of them."

There's a chance that Mayberry's performance could give the Phillies something to think about when Delmon Young returns from the disabled list.

"When you play good, you always have a chance," Manuel said.

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Here's tonight's lineup against A.J. Burnett. Rookie Jonathan Pettibone will make his major league debut.

  1. Jimmy Rollins SS
  2. John Mayberry Jr. RF
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Michael Young 3B
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Ben Revere CF
  8. Erik Kratz C
  9. Jonathan Pettibone RHP

 

 

 



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