Game 123: Howard, Ruiz return to lineup


WASHINGTON — Both Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are back in Charlie Manuel's lineup after each missed a brief time with minor injuries.

Howard sat Thursday with what was described as a sore right hand suffered during Wednesday's game. He was examined by a doctor Thursday and both team and player did not believe the injury to be serious.

Ruiz missed the last two games with a bruised left testicle and it was probably as painful as it sounds. Roy Halladay likely owes Ruiz a new watch or Cy Young trophy replica for throwing a curveball so nasty that Miguel Montero only caught a piece of it, launching the ball into Ruiz's groin.

And then there's this: The Phillies can play .500 ball for the remainder of the season (20-20) and finish with 100 victories. Yeah.

The lineup against Livan Hernandez:

1. Jimmy Rollins 6
2. John Mayberry Jr. 8
3. Chase Utley 4
4. Ryan Howard 3
5. Hunter Pence 9
6. Raul Ibanez 7
7. Carlos Ruiz 2
8. Wilson Valdez 5
9. Roy Oswalt 1

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