Game 43: Fatherhood

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Jimmy Rollins is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Nationals. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Jimmy Rollins is a dad. His wife, Johari, gave birth to the couple's first child — a baby girl — Sunday night. The Phillies shortstop was absent during batting practice Monday and is not in Charlie Manuel's lineup for the series opener against Washington. He will not be available.

Then again, it might not be a bad time for Rollins to rest. He has reached base in 15 straight games, but is hitting only .230 with a .666 OPS in those games. He's down to a .578 OPS for the season, the worst for any player in baseball with as many plate appearances (185).

"He could be hitting better of course," Manuel said. "His defense has been fine. He's gotten off to slow starts before. It's nothing new to him. He's going to have to pick it up for us. I think he will."

Here, then, is the 35th different lineup in 43 games. No, it is not a split squad game.

1. Juan Pierre 7
2. Placido Polanco 5
3. Shane Victorino 8
4. Hunter Pence 9
5. Carlos Ruiz 2
6. John Mayberry Jr. 3
7. Freddy Galvis 6
8. Mike Fontenot 4
9. Kyle Kendrick 1


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