Game 84: Chase Utley sticks to plan

Cole Hamels gets the start tonight as the Phillies take on the Mets. (H. Rumph Jr/AP Photo)

NEW YORK — Even a game-tying, life-infusing blast Wednesday could not win Chase Utley a spot in the lineup Thursday.

The Phillies said they would religiously stick to a "two days on, one day off" plan for Utley upon his return. The second baseman said his chronically injured knees have felt stronger than last season. He said Wednesday he would discuss with Charlie Manuel his schedule.

Turns out the plan won.

Here is the lineup to face knuckeballing R.A. Dickey:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Juan Pierre 7
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Carlos Ruiz 2
5. Shane Victorino 8
6. Ty Wigginton 3
7. Placido Polanco 5
8. Mike Fontenot 4
9. Cole Hamels 1

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