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Game 28: Rollins back to leadoff spot

Drastic changes in the Phillies lineup as a three-game series with Washington begins.

Game 28: Rollins back to leadoff spot

Jimmy Rollins will bat leadoff for the first time since October. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
Jimmy Rollins will bat leadoff for the first time since October. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

Drastic changes in the Phillies lineup as a three-game series with Washington begins.

Jimmy Rollins is back in his customary leadoff spot for the first time this season. Rollins had batted third in each of the Phillies' first 27 games. It's not that he's done terrible from there -- but a .346 slugging percentage is not optimal for the three hole.

It's not that Placido Polanco will bring much pop to the third spot, but Charlie Manuel apparently felt it was time for a change. Livan Hernandez starts for the Nationals.

It also appears a platoon has fully developed at second base, with Pete Orr earning yet another start against a righthander.

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Should Jimmy Rollins stay in the leadoff spot for the Phillies?
Yes.
No.

Here's the full nine:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Ben Francisco 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Pete Orr 4
8. Brian Schneider 2
9. Cole Hamels 1


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