Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Game 41: The Bat retires

They will honor Pat Burrell with a retirement ceremony before the Phillies seek a seven-game winning streak against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox. Charlie Manuel spoke whistfully about the times Burrell's dog, Elvis, would come into his office and slip under his desk.

Game 41: The Bat retires

Pat Burrell will be honored in a retirement ceremony before the Phillies take on the Red Sox on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Pat Burrell will be honored in a retirement ceremony before the Phillies take on the Red Sox on Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

They will honor Pat Burrell with a retirement ceremony before the Phillies seek a seven-game winning streak against Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox. Charlie Manuel spoke whistfully about the times Burrell's dog, Elvis, would come into his office and slip under his desk.

Those were the days.

Anyway, Manuel filled out his 34th different lineup in 41 games. This one does not include Placido Polanco for the third straight game. Manuel said his third baseman is still sore from fouling numerous balls off his left knee.

Polanco tested the knee with some running drills Saturday. Manuel said he could play Sunday.

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Ty Wigginton is 8 for 20 (.400) lifetime against Lester and he starts at third in Polanco's absence.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. John Mayberry Jr. 7
3. Shane Victorino 8
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Carlos Ruiz 2
6. Ty Wigginton 5
7. Hector Luna 3
8. Freddy Galvis 4
9. Joe Blanton 1

For the Red Sox, David Ortiz finds himself in the field.

1. Mike Aviles 6
2. Dustin Pedroia 4
3. David Ortiz 3
4. Adrian Gonzalez 9
5. Will Middlebrooks 5
6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2
7. Ryan Sweeney 8
8. Daniel Nava 7
9. Jon Lester 1

Nava, of course, is the guy who smashed a grand slam off Blanton on the first major-league pitch he ever saw two years ago at Fenway Park.


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