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Game 62: No Rollins or Utley

As if the offense needed any less firepower, Charlie Manuel has drawn up a lineup card that does not include Jimmy Rollins nor Chase Utley for the finale against the Dodgers.

Game 62: No Rollins or Utley

Jimmy Rollins could return to the starting lineup as early as tomorrow. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Jimmy Rollins could return to the starting lineup as early as tomorrow. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

As if the offense needed any less firepower, Charlie Manuel has drawn up a lineup card that does not include Jimmy Rollins nor Chase Utley for the finale against the Dodgers.

That leaves the manager with a double-play tandem of Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez.

Rollins pinch-hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday's loss and he does not expect to go on the disabled list. Manuel said Rollins could start Thursday's game.

"He can pinch-hit," Manuel said. "Hopefully he'll be in the game tomorrow. He's doing good. He's going to take ground balls today, hit and we'll go from there."

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Utley has played the last five days, his most this season, testing Manuel's adherence to the plan of regular rest for his second baseman.

"I think he's been very understanding," Manuel said. "He played three days in a row and all of a sudden he played five days in a row. We'll go from there. We have a plan and we'll stick with it."

They will face Hiroki Kuroda, who is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA in four career regular-season starts against the Phillies. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Phillies last season at Dodger Stadium. (The Phillies also roughed him up at Citizens Bank Park during the 2009 postseason.)

Cole Hamels pitches and bats ninth, but he actually has a better OPS (.643) than both Valdez (.606) and Martinez (.408)

1. Shane Victorino 8
2. Domonic Brown 9
3. Placido Polanco 5
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Raul Ibanez 7
6. Carlos Ruiz 2
7. Wilson Valdez 6
8. Michael Martinez 4
9. Cole Hamels 1


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