Friday, July 31, 2015

Howard, Brown in lineup

Indeed, Ryan Howard is starting at first base and batting cleanup. But Charlie Manuel did not fill out his lineup card with the eight regulars.

Howard, Brown in lineup

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Indeed, Ryan Howard is starting at first base and batting cleanup. But Charlie Manuel did not fill out his lineup card with the eight regulars.

Brian Schneider starts at catcher for Carlos Ruiz. Domonic Brown will give Jayson Werth a day off. Brown hasn't started a game since Aug. 11.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team would have liked to get Brown some regular at-bats in the minor leagues before the September stretch run but that will not happen. Brown is here to stay.

Instead, Manuel will attempt to insert Brown in the starting lineup when he can. Without an off day until Sept. 9, Brown could be used to rest the regular outfielders occasionally, like Saturday with Werth.

But mostly, Brown will have to adapt to his new role, and the Phillies are confident he can.

Here are the lineups for Strasmas:

Nationals
1. Morgan 8
2. Desmond 6
3. Dunn 3
4. Zimmerman 5
5. Bernadina 7
6. Kennedy 4
7. Rodriguez 2
8. Harris 9
9. Strasburg 1

Phillies
1. Rollins 6
2. Polanco 5
3. Utley 4
4. Howard 3
5. Victorino 8
6. Ibanez 7
7. Brown 9
8. Schneider 2
9. Kendrick 1

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