Game 106: Hello, Hunter

Hunter Pence makes his debut with the Phillies Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

There's an extra buzz around the ballpark and Phillies clubhouse on this night. Hunter Pence is here after a long day of travel from Milwaukee and is in the starting lineup. He'll bat fifth and play right.

He's in a playoff race for the first time in his career, leaving last-place Houston in his dust.

"I'm telling everyone I just jumped 62 games in one day," Pence said. "I think that might be epic proportions. I don't think anyone can beat that. It's pretty cool."

He's not the only new addition. Placido Polanco was activated from the disabled list and is back at third base. With a stacked lineup, Charlie Manuel can slot Polanco seventh for now.

To make room, righthander Andrew Carpenter was optioned along with Domonic Brown. The Phillies will go with 11 pitchers for the time being.

The new-look lineup faces righthander James McDonald tonight:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Hunter Pence 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Placido Polanco 5
8. Carlos Ruiz 2
9. Cliff Lee 1

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