Monday, July 27, 2015

Game 60: Jim Thome is cleaning up

BALTIMORE — The last time the Phillies played at Camden Yards, Ryan Madson tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings and Sal Fasano caught. So, yeah, it's been a while.

Game 60: Jim Thome is cleaning up

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Jim Thome returns to the Phillies lineup tonight against the Orioles. (David Maialetti /Staff Photographer)
Jim Thome returns to the Phillies lineup tonight against the Orioles. (David Maialetti /Staff Photographer)

BALTIMORE — The last time the Phillies played at Camden Yards, Ryan Madson tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings and Sal Fasano caught. So, yeah, it's been a while.

Charlie Manuel will attempt to conjure old spirits by batting Jim Thome cleanup in the first of nine games with a designated hitter.

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Jim Thome 0
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Ty Wigginton 5
8. John Mayberry Jr. 3
9. Mike Fontenot 4

Joe Blanton starts against Jake Arrieta, who leads the majors with seven losses. He has a 5.53 ERA in 70 innings. He has failed to complete six innings in each of his last three starts.

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Thome is 2 for 20 this season with 11 strikeouts. Half of those at-bats have come as a starter; the other half as a pinch-hitter.

Placido Polanco (finger, wrist) is missing from the lineup for the third straight game. That means Wigginton is at third again, one day after making two errors.


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