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Game 42: Mayberry earns fourth straight start

There is a lefty on the mound for Colorado and Ben Francisco is not starting.

Game 42: Mayberry earns fourth straight start

John Mayberry Jr. is in the Phillies´ lineup for the fourth consecutive game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
John Mayberry Jr. is in the Phillies' lineup for the fourth consecutive game. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

There is a lefty on the mound for Colorado and Ben Francisco is not starting.

It's just another sign that Charlie Manuel has soured on Francisco, who is 4 for his last 42 (.095) with zero extra-base hits. Repeat, zero. (The last extra-base hit for Francisco was exactly three weeks ago, a double on April 27.)

Combine that with John Mayberry Jr.'s recent performance (2 for 10 with two walks, three steals and a home run) in his last three starts and Manuel is going with him. Not that 2 for 10 is anything to celebrate, but right now it's a boon to the Phillies' lineup.

Shane Victorino (no surprise) remains out. Carlos Ruiz is back in, and moved up a spot to seventh.

Is it time for the Phillies to call up Domonic Brown from the minors?
Yes. They need him in the lineup now.
 
  687 (56.6%)
No. Ruben Amaro Jr. says he's not ready yet.
 
  327 (27.0%)
It's way past time. He should have been called up long ago.
 
  209 (17.2%)
Total votes = 1213

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Michael Martinez 8
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. John Mayberry Jr. 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 4
9. Cole Hamels 1


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