Game 45: Battling against Kershaw

Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has lined up right-handers to face Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw in tonight’s beginning of an 11-game homestand at Citizens Bank Park. Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are the only lefthanded bats in the starting lineup.

Among the changes are Darin Ruf starting in left field; Cesar Hernandez at third base and John Mayberry Jr. in center field.

Kershaw (2-1 4.43) is coming off a disastrous start where he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and allowed seven earned runs on six hits in an 18-7 loss to Arizona.

The Phillies will counter with RHP Robert Hernandez (2-1, 3.98), who is making his first start since May 9, although he did have two relief appearances after that.

The Phillies are 20-24 while the Dodgers are 25-23.

Here is the Phillies lineup.

1. Jimmy Rolins, ss

2. Carlos Ruiz, c

3. Chase Utley, 2b

4. Marlon Byrd, rf

5. Ryan Howard, 1b

6. Darin Ruf, lf

7. Cesar Hernandez, 3b

8. John Mayberry Jr., cf

9. Roberto Hernandez, p