Friday, May 29, 2015

John Mayberry Jr. earns opening-day nod over Laynce Nix

Both John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix entered Monday with career .308 batting averages against Braves starter Tim Hudson. Charlie Manuel opted for Mayberry, who made his second consecutive opening-day start.

John Mayberry Jr. earns opening-day nod over Laynce Nix

Last season, there was one constant for John Mayberry Jr.: He failed to hit righthanded pitchers. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Last season, there was one constant for John Mayberry Jr.: He failed to hit righthanded pitchers. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

ATLANTA — Both John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix entered Monday with career .308 batting averages against Braves starter Tim Hudson. Nix had done it in a larger sample size (27 plate appearance to Mayberry's 17). Charlie Manuel opted for Mayberry, who made his second consecutive opening-day start.

Had Manuel played it as a straight platoon, the lefty Nix would have started. But the manager said he liked Mayberry's prior approach vs. Hudson. The daily decision on a rightfielder will be made using matchups, the type of pitcher throwing and recent performances.

"I don't mind platooning people," Manuel said.

Mayberry and Jimmy Rollins were the lone holdovers from last season's opening-day lineup. The Phillies had 15 different players on their first roster.

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EXTRA BASES. Delmon Young (ankle) is scheduled to play three innings in right field Tuesday in an extended spring training game, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. It will be Young's first action in the outfield. ... Kevin Frandsen (wrist) took batting practice Monday but there was some doubt about his availability. ... Larry Greene Jr., the Phillies' top pick in the 2011 draft, will open the season in extended spring training. "He came in overweight," Amaro said, "so we're trying to get him into playing shape."


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