A few odds and ends from the clubhouse before the game. . .
1) The Phillies were concerned about Shane Victorino yesterday, but the center fielder was in good spirits today and isn't in danger of missing any playoff games because of a bruised shin. Manager Charlie Manuel said today that he expects Victorino to be ready to go. Trainer Scott Sheridan said they X-Rayed the injury, which occurred when he and Jimmy Rollins collided in shallow center field during the eighth inning of the Phillies' division-clinching win over the Nationals Saturday. But the X-Rays were negative, and Victorino should be good to go.
2) As expected, Cole Hamels will start game one of the playoffs Wednesday. Beyond that, however, the Phillies are still undecided.
3) The Phillies will likely keep 11 pitchers on the playoff roster, which Manuel said is essentially set. Still, we probably won't know the identity of the squad until Monday or Tuesday.
4) The Phillies strength today? Their bench. Here's the starting line-up:
1. So Taguchi, LF
2. Eric Bruntlett, SS
3. Tadahito Iguchi, 2B
4. Geoff Jenkins, RF
5. Chris Coste, 1B
6. Mike Cervenak, 3B
7. Greg Golson, CF
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Kyle Kendrick, RHP