Game 103 open thread: Introducing Roy (Again)

WASHINGTON -- When reporters were allowed in the clubhouse, we found Roy Oswalt seated in what usually is Jamie Moyer's locker at Nationals Park. He was chatting with old friend Brad Lidge.

But most of Oswalt's new teammates have stayed away. It's an odd sort of circumstances. The pitcher is new to the team but it is customary to leave that night's starting pitcher alone. Rarely will a pitcher speak to anyone on his pitching days.

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Charlie Manuel said it's probably best that Oswalt is pitching right away. He can forget about the usual distractions that come with switching teams and simply go right to work.

He will do that with the Phillies' regular shortstop back at his normal spot. Jimmy Rollins is leading off and playing short after missing the last three games with a bruised left foot. Rollins said he could hit Thursday night but couldn't play the field. He did some running early Friday and decided he was good enough to go.

The lineup behind Oswalt:

1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Placido Polanco 2B
3. Raul Ibanez LF
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Jayson Werth CF
6. Domonic Brown RF
7. Greg Dobbs 3B
8. Carlos Ruiz C
9. Roy Oswalt P

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