Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hey, there's a lineup

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is baseball today. Almost real major-league baseball. On television.

Hey, there's a lineup

0 comments
Jimmy Rollins will lead off for the Phillies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Jimmy Rollins will lead off for the Phillies. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is baseball today. Almost real major-league baseball. On television.

So celebrate the opening of the Grapefruit League schedule. The Yankees are in town and will throw Ivan Nova. The game starts at 1:05 and is televised on Comcast SportsNet.

Charlie Manuel's lineup features Jim Thome in the cleanup spot and no Chase Utley, Placido Polanco or Carlos Ruiz.

Bask in the glory of the first starting nine of the spring:

More coverage
 
BOX SCORE: Phillies 4, Padres 3
 
VOTE: Who will be the last Phillie from 2008?
 
Follow the Phillies: Download our FREE Pro Baseball app!
 
Buy Phillies jerseys and other gear
 
WATCH: Daily fantasy baseball updates

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. Shane Victorino 8
3. Hunter Pence 9
4. Jim Thome 0
5. Ty Wigginton 5
6. John Mayberry Jr. 3
7. Domonic Brown 7
8. Erik Kratz 2
9. Michael Martinez 4
Cole Hamels 1

Also scheduled to pitch for the Phillies: Dave Bush, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Raul Valdes, Chad Qualls and Mike Stutes.

Hamels will go two innings, most likely, depending on his pitch count. Bush will probably do two innings, as well.

Mayberry starts at first base, but that doesn't mean much. The Phillies want to see Brown in left field as much as they can this spring. They view Mayberry as the likely starter in left when the season begins, but it won't hurt for him to see extensive time at first base this spring to improve his defense there.

A familiar face will bat fourth for the Yankees. Raul Ibanez is New York's designated hitter in their first spring game. The Yankees did not bring stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Texeira or Robinson Cano to Clearwater. Their lineup:

1. Brett Gardner 7
2. Curtis Granderson 8
3. Nick Swisher 9
4. Raul Ibanez 0
5. Eric Chavez 3
6. Russell Martin 2
7. Eduardo Nunez 6
8. Bill Hall 4
9. Jayson Nix 5

Interesting to note Hall's presence in the lineup. If you'll recall, Hall and Hamels had a run-in last spring when Hall was in camp with Houston. So watch for that.


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer's beat writers and columnists.

Jake Kaplan Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Breen Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter